How long does it take to recover from thumb joint surgery?
Patients often need three months to fully recover. MU Health Care performs a new version of the surgery that does not require using a tendon or artificial spacer.
Do you wear a cast after thumb surgery?
After surgery, you will be in a bulky dressing (bandage) with a plaster splint that covers your thumb, wrist and forearm. The splint is similar to a cast. The splint can not be removed and must be kept dry. When showering or bathing, cover the splint and your hand with a plastic bag to keep everything dry.
How long do you wear a splint after thumb surgery?
You will be given a wound review appointment approximately 5-10 days after your surgery. A splint will be made for your hand. The splint can be removed during the day four to six weeks after the operation. It should still be used at night for another two weeks.
How long do you have to wear a cast after thumb surgery?
Disadvantages of the LRTI procedure include:
A lengthy and sometimes painful recovery and rehabilitation period that requires at least 4 weeks of wearing a thumb cast. Patients may experience reduced pinching strength making grasping and holding objects difficult.
How successful is thumb joint surgery?
Pros: Removing the entire trapezium eliminates the possibility of arthritis returning and, according to Dr. Ruch, LRTI has a 96 percent success rate. “Most patients achieve complete pain relief and mobility equal to that of a healthy thumb, with results lasting at least 15 to 20 years,” he says.
How should you sleep after thumb surgery?
Your surgeon might teach you the “hand above elbow, elbow above heart” rule. When sleeping, it may help to use a large mound of pillows, either beside you or on your chest, to keep your hand and wrist in this elevated position.
How long does it take for swelling to go down after thumb surgery?
It may take up to three to six months for the last bit of swelling and stiffness to disappear. Recovery may be shorter if you had a percutaneous release. Recovery may be longer if you had surgery on more than one finger.
How long is recovery from Trapeziectomy?
A trapeziectomy is excellent at removing the pain of the arthritis, and with a reduction in pain, you will notice an increase in grip and pinch strength and overall function. However, the recovery from this procedure is slow. It takes most patients 4-6 months to return to all their normal activities.
Is it bad to sleep with a thumb brace on?
Can I wear the brace while I sleep? Yes! The thumb brace can be worn while you sleep.
How tight should thumb splint?
Place your hand into the splint so that it’s in contact with the palm of your hand and there’s no space between your wrist and the splint. If there’s a thumb section make sure that your thumb is also in contact with the material. Do up the straps – not too tight – starting with the strap nearest your elbow.