Trapeziectomy recovery

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I am a 67 year old male new to this forum.

I am scheduled for a trapeziectomy with ligament replacement and would like to know how to manage simple chores immediately after the operation such as shaving, dressing etc.

Any advice would be appreciated.


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    I had my R thumb done 6/18/18 & my L on 8/23/18. Don't plan on doing much immediately after surgery! Things aren't so bad while you are still numbed up from the nerve block. I needed help dressing for awhile & help in the bathroom. Try to do as much as possible before surgery-ie: having tv dinners on hand, house clean, ect. Practice doing things 1 handed. It's hard to tie shoes & even drive at 1st. Had trouble getting the car out of gear w/my right hand. Things get easier after the cast comes off & you are in the brace. R surgery was more painful than the L. Don't know why -I'm left handed. I tell people to follow dr's orders. It's important to let that tendon heal in it's new position. The surgery wasn't so bad but the healing seems to take forever. I'm finally ready to go back to work. Best of luck to you. Hard to believe thumbs could cause so much trouble!

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    I had right thumb done september 11th. It was difficult to manage after the operation especially dressing, bathing etc however managed. I am 4 months surgury and still finding some thing difficult ie opening doors, cutting bread however it is getting easier. I still have pain in the area and I do have a bump on the base of the thumb which im not sure is right or not, however not seeing consultant until end of February. My fingers seem to stiffen as well . However I am not feeling the same painful experiences prior to operation. Good luck with yours .x

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    when i had mine i was fortunate enough to have my husbands help.  it was still very aggrevating to not be able to do for myself..  i just kept doing what i could and let him do the rest
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