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Left hand operation perfect; right hand is not
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01/28/04 01:14
Patricia Bostonian

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01/28/04 01:14
Patricia Bostonian

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Left hand operation perfect; right hand is not

My left hand was extremely bad with the finger bending close to my palm. Operation was very successful and I have no problems whatsoever. My right hand was done 6/03 (same famous physician from Boston). I had 2 weeks of therapy in June and six months therapy from July through December. It just did not come out the same as my left hand. I use my right hand for everything, but I cannot make a fist and cannot hold coins in my hand as they will fall out. My hand always feels tight. I've asked the doctor about this as my right hand just didn't feel like the success of my left hand. I was told that there's just no guarantees in an operation and there's no rhyme or reason why this should be. I've decided to learn to live with it as there's not much else I can do about it. Has anyone else had this problem?

01/28/04 01:57
Sean 
01/28/04 01:57
Sean 
Flexibility

Patricia,
Thank you for your comments. Your experience is similar to the general concensus, that every procedure, whether surgery or NA, can have a personality of their own. Also, everyone knows that there is no cure (at this time) for DC. Great that your first surgery went so well, mine did also. The stiffness from your second surgery perhaps will get better. Keep working on it. As others have suggested, you might try wrapping fist with elastic bandage during the day(4 or 5 times) for about 10 minutes at a time. I did that and the stiffness totally went away. In about a week I noticed great improvement.

01/28/04 01:47
Randy H.

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01/28/04 01:47
Randy H.

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Box of Chocolates.

Patricia,

Hopefully your fingers and knuckles are still somewhat swollen compared to your good hand. That creates temporary but not permanent stiffness. I am continuing to see monthly improvement from my Dups surgery done 9 months ago. I use a bowl of hot water most nights to temporally create enough flexibility to work it into good range of motion. Then I use the splint to straighten overnight. My hand had a lot of Dups tissue than was removed so there was a lot of trauma to the palm area. As long as there is still more swelling to come down I'm hopeful that I'll eventually have the flexibility and range that I achieve in the hot water. It's my goal to someday to be able to report a good outcome under "Successful Surgery". That will be the day I can type normally. Apparently, as your case, surgery is like a box of chocolates.

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