Anyone have surgery on their arthritic hands?
I saw a hand doctor today. I have a very crooked index finger, and the base of both thumbs spasms alot. He suggested surgery. The crooked finger would be fixed with a steel pin. I think the thumbs would have something taken out and something artificial put in. Even though I'm having pain, I just don't want to do this yet.
I asked him if I could still play the piano, because afterwards, with the pin, you can't bend your last knuckle. He said "Oh yes, you'll be able to play better without the pain." I guess I'm skeptical about this.
Plus....they seem to leave out some side-effects that might be possible, like nerve damage.
Just curious if you've had this kind of surgery, how you feel about it now.
Also.....he said there are no hand exercises that would help and didn't suggest any non-surgical treatments. I suppose I should have expected this with a hand surgeon.
Maybe a rheumatologist would have more varied options?