opponoplasty with Dr. Nath

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jquackenbush
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opponoplasty with Dr. Nath

Post by jquackenbush » Wed Jan 21, 2004 6:37 pm

Help! Ben is scheduled for an opponoplasty (spelling?) on April 22nd. Dr. DaVino will remove the pin from his osteotomy at the same time. I understand that this surgery is to make his thumb oppostitonal. Has anyone else had this done????

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Re: opponoplasty with Dr. Nath

Post by Francine_Litz » Wed Jan 21, 2004 6:56 pm

I think that this is the surgery that Louise's elizabeth just had at Shriners. You may want to email Louise...they are here now and won't be home until the weekend.
-francine

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Re: opponoplasty with Dr. Nath

Post by Louise H. Beaulieu » Wed Jan 21, 2004 9:29 pm

Jenny, by the spelling I am not sure what surgery you are talking about. As for Elizabeth the doctor took a muscle from her middle finger and transfered it to her thumb so that her thumb would not be stuck in her palm. Her thumb is now sticking out and when she wants to hold something with her hand her thumb closes so she can hold. Surgery was about 1 hour and it worked very well. We are very pleased with the surgery, Elizabeth was casted for 4 weeks. We came back to Shriners this week. They removed her cast and made a splint. She will be wearing the splint 24 hours a day for 6 weeks then she will wear her splint for another 4 weeks just at night. It was not hard at all on her. She is doing very well. We will be doing therapy all week here and then we will have a therapy plan to follow at home. Do not worry..everything will be fine. Peace...Louise

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Re: opponoplasty with Dr. Nath

Post by admin » Wed Jan 21, 2004 10:37 pm

Thank you Francine and Louise it was good to hear that your Elizabeth is doing well. Having a functional thumb would be incredible. How old is Elizabeth?

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Re: opponoplasty with Dr. Nath

Post by admin » Wed Jan 21, 2004 11:26 pm

I am an adult tbpi, but I had the oppensplasty (sp?). They took a tendon from my index finger and put it in my thumb to do exactly what you said, to give me opposition and my thumb not lay flat against my hand or in the palm of my hand. 4 weeks cast, splints after that and pt. Don't be surprised at the incisions though. I think I had 5 with this surgery.
I hope everything goes well.

Kathy

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Re: opponoplasty with Dr. Nath

Post by Louise H. Beaulieu » Thu Jan 22, 2004 8:49 am

Miss Elizabeth is 9 almost 10. Her birthday is April 21. This surgery has just been incredible. It is so mush easier for Elizabeth to grasp and hold. She really does not have that many scars. I believe that they will be almost invisible after they heal. Have a great day...Louise

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Re: opponoplasty with Dr. Nath

Post by jquackenbush » Fri Jan 23, 2004 9:10 pm

Louise, did they take the tendon from Elizabeth's injured hand? I was just wondering because Ben has very little flexion and almost no extension in his middle finger right now.
Thanks, Jenny Q

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