CMC Arthoplasty

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I'm having the surgery on my right hand day after tomorrow-2/13- and i'm not real happy about not having use of my right hand but that's really neither here nor there. what i really want to know is how long the surgery itself takes. also, i have arthritis in my right shoulder at the base of my neck and i'm kind of concerned about the numbing shot. has anyone had this problem

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    I am having left thumb CMC arthroplasty tomorrow. I am right handed, but the left is my worst one (they are both bad). I'm a retired PACU nurse so I am not usually nervous about surgery, but this one is one I am having a little bit of nerves with. I do feel better after reading some of the posts here. I have tried preparing as many things in advance as possible I got my hair permed so I don't have to worry about scaring anyone. I have cooked up a storm and am freezing it in small portions. I have a waterproof cover for casts so I will be able to shower without getting the splint wet.

    Any words of wisdom are very much appreciated.

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    Hi I had total knees done in april and sept. this surgery done feb 4th, HARDEST things are typing and eating, surgery was not bad and only took pain pills 3-4 days,

    little worried about sharing but want me to send my # do you can call? hard to type

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    Thanks for asking. My surgery went well,only took an hour (was scheduled 1.5 hrs). I had an axillary block that lasted until about 8 pm that evening.

    I still need pain medicine (have cut my pills in half). It's been only 3 days though.

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    hi Christine,

    The numbing shot was no problem. I'm glad I had the Left CMC arthroplasty. I am right handed and still have the right hand to do. I am putting it off as long as possible. It has been 7 months now and my left is doing very well. It is not nearly as strong as my right. I only have occasional pain. It is stiff in the morning a lot if times, but that doesn't last long after I get up.

    I hope you are doing well.

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