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9/22/2017 12:11:25 AM
Posted: 9/8/2005 8:08:08 PM EDT
Some may remember my past thread about PIP joint ligament tears. It seems mine is not healing and the Dr. today (after 6 months of "non-healing") has decided to do some exploratory surgery on the ligament. May anchor to the bone and tighten it up.....

Anyone ever have a similar experiance? What is the realistic "back to work" time frame for a relatively healthy person?
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 3:54:52 PM EDT
Not sure how similar it is, but in high school I chipped a bone in my thumb where it connects to my hand, halfway through the football season. I didn't go in to the doctor until the end of the season, and found out that the bone had healed out of place which caused it to keep popping out of joint. Went to a specialist at the Mayo Clinic because of the possiblity of arthritis developing at an early age. They ended up cutting down one of my tendons in my forearm, drilled a hole through my thumb bone whigh the ran the tendon through, and attached the tendon back to the bone to keep it in the joint. They also put a pin through the bone to keep it in place while it healed, which I think was in for about a week. They put me through out-patient surgery, I went in around 0600, and got out around 1800-1900. It took me a while to come to in the recovery room.

I was in a soft cast for about a week to allow the swelling to go down, then a couple of hard casts for at least 2-4 weeks after that, I can't remember how long it was as it was over 10 years ago. After that they gave me a plastic brace to wear for a while longer to prevent any other injuries. I think it was probably close to 2 months before I didn't have to wear anything and they let me wrestle. The only problem I have now, is I can't totally flatten my hand that the surgery was done on. I think part of that is due to the fact that I didn't do all the exercises that I was supposed to and the tendon tightened up. Hope this info helps.
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 7:19:01 PM EDT
Whatever they say will be your "back to work" time frame, expect it to be longer, especially "exploratory" surgery. I was told 3 days when I was going to have my shoulder redone. I was in an abduction pillow and sling for 4 months (serves me right for getting my ass kicked by 3 people in a fight). Expect to be bored and to gain weight. If it goes better, then you feel like it's a bonus.
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 7:25:17 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 9:13:31 PM EDT
There really isn't a whole lot that I haven't had rebuilt below the waist. The closest thing that I had was a tendon transfer/rebuild in my right foot. With that said, plan on six weeks for things to reattach to each other with no movement involved and then some good old fashioned physical therapy. Fun, fun, fun.

When our guys are off work for several weeks injured, we all chip in and buy them a 'care package'. The standard one is a 40 oz. of Ole English, a porno magazine and some hand lotion. Let me know where to send it......
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 6:07:16 AM EDT
Best of luck with your upcoming surgery...

- georgestrings
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 9:45:57 AM EDT
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