Finally! It’s been two years since my last joint replacement and that was when I did both total hip and both total knee replacements in 9 months, a year if you count healing time. This is what we are shooting for with my next set which will be my WRISTS and HANDS!! YES!! I have been waiting to get my hands fixed for over 20 years. Back then it was because I was embarrassed about them. Now, well, I don’t like looking at them, I’ll admit, but they don’t work good and most importantly they hurt! Yes, I am in remission thanks to my diet and I think even more, thanks to my supplements! However, the Dr. said that they are still going to hurt and get stiff due to the deformities.
When I first met with the hand surgeon, who I never met, she actually said, “your hands are terrible, but I’m sure you knew that.” I couldn’t help but look at my friend and laugh. She was super nice. I really liked her and I picked her because I heard she’s like an artist when it comes to orthopedic hand surgeries. This is what I need with how difficult my hand surgeries will be according to my regular ortho surgeon.
She said the way my wrist is curved to the side could be a big reason my hand doesn’t open all the way. The tendons aren’t in the right place. So the first surgery she is going to do is wrist fusion but just on my right wrist. I’m right-handed so it’s my dominant hand and she thinks fusion would be the best long-term choice. I agreed. I mean, I haven’t been able to bend or move my wrist since I can remember so what’s the diff right? haha She is straightening my wrist with a metal plate that is surprisingly smaller than I thought! It will go from my wrist all the way up to just below my middle knuckle, leaving enough room for possible knuckle joint replacement. Then she is going to straighten the tendons.
If this surgery allows my hand to open, we may not replace all the finger joints. The middle knuckle is bad so she said that might definitely need replacing and the joints at the very top where the fingers are going down, she is just going to fuse so they are straight. The middle finger joint is a whole different ball game which I’ll discuss more at a later date but long story short, replacement may not help the shape of my finger. I have what’s called swan neck where my middle joint curves down and then back up. She may have to do a different surgery for that.
My left wrist will be replaced so that one I’ll be able to bend!! The last time I was able to bend my wrists was when I was a toddler!! The left finger joints are going to be pretty much the same as my right. She will do my wrists first, one at a time, and then she will do my right hand in one surgery and then my left. Four surgeries total so we should be able to finish in less than a year.
My wrist fusion will be January 8 of next year so it’s coming up soon. It will be outpatient and I will first have a big bandage around it but a few days later I will just have a removable brace. Sounds simple, right? When I was first told that I’d probably have wrist fusion, I thought, “well, at least those will be easy compared to the rest!” Boy was I wrong! She said, “I just want to warn you, the wrist fusion is THE most painful surgery I do.” HUH? She said that it’s so bad that she will not only have them give me a nerve block like I’ve had before, but she will have them put a tube in my chest so I have a three-day nerve block at home! Holy Crap am I nervous! Not only will I only have one hand to get dressed, learn to eat and write with my left, etc but I’ll probably be crying in pain all the time! haha she said the pain can last 6 weeks. Driving all depends on my pain tolerance. Apparently the top finger joint fusion doesn’t hurt bad like that. Just the wrist. It’s one of the most painful fusions. GREAT! Well, at least the left is a replacement which I’m used to!
So, the next time I go back will be a pre-op visit at the surgeons office on January 3rd, then at the hospital about a week before surgery and then surgery! Excited!! Nervous!! But, at least I’m finally going to have my hands done by the end of next year. I will try to record a short video with all my replacements like I did with my disc surgery. Wish me luck! If anyone has had this done, I’d love to hear from you. Feel free to leave me a comment.
As always, Love from the Bionic Mom!
“There’s nothing that existed in your past that cannot be changed now. You are the creator of the past and future. Therefore, you create the whole now, even the things that you feel are unchangeable.” — Kryon