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Surgery Update

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

It has been a long haul but I finally have a surgery date with the new surgeon. He normally does his surgeries within two weeks. As luck would have it, he will be on vacation at the end of June and at the beginning of July, giving a lecture. The first available date is a day when hubby had planned to be out of town. Oh well! This means that I can get together with our oldest daughter. emoticon God never closes a door without opening a window. emoticon

My surgery will be one month from today and it will be at a hospital. The doctor's assistant was going to schedule me at their out patient surgery center, but the doctor told me that he wants to do the surgery at a hospital. I didn't want to schedule my surgery at the out patient facility, only to have someone call to tell me they need to change the date. I believe the need to have the surgery at a hospital stems from the possibility that I may need to have a tendon graft.

Ironically enough, the old surgeon (who canceled my original surgery) called on the day I had my appointment with the new surgeon. The old doctor's assistant was scheduling surgery for the 16th. I told her that I had decided to go in another direction and turned it down. I assumed it was for June, however, Father's Day, was on Sunday, the 16th of June, so I now know that she really meant the 16th of July. My surgery with my new surgeon is on July 18th. (My old surgeon wanted to schedule me another 6 weeks out from my canceled surgery.) This would have made my wait for surgery 3 months after I last saw the doctor. The new doctor was very apologetic for scheduling me 4 weeks out, due to his vacation and him giving a a lecture at the medical school. Wow! It's a whole different approach and attitude.

Everything that can be done in preparation for my surgery (this far in advance), has been done. All of my medical tests have been run and I'm cleared for surgery. I should receive a patient packet in the mail within the next week. I will need to do a phone interview with the hospital before my surgery date too.

I was told to wear a baggy button down shirt on the day of my surgery. (I made a trip to the men’s department at Walmart and bought 5 baggy shirts - one of them is a Hawaiian one) After talking to the doctor's assistant today, I found out that I'll need to wear the same type of shirt for a minimum of 5 weeks after my surgery. I will be in a splint and sling for two weeks following the surgery. Then, I'll get my stitches out, the wound inspected and a cast will be put on my hand/arm. I'll probably spend more time in the sling. When the cast comes off, will depend upon how complex the surgery is. My appointment for stitch removal is in August. This means I'll be in the cast at least into September. Rehabilitative physical therapy will follow the cast removal. It will be months until I can return to Silver Sneakers. My feeling is that if the doctor can fix my hand, it will be worth it. My movement will be limited because I'll be unable to push my walker for much of my healing time. I plan to work with my doctor and therapists to see what I can do to get some exercise. I'm still feeling hopeful.
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