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Hand Surgery re-hab

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 hip99 09 Oct 2020

Interested to hear anyone else’s experience that’s gone through re-hab after flexor tendon reconstruction / volar plate repair surgery. Thanks in advance 🙂

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 Gary Gibson 13 Oct 2020
In reply to hip99:

I’ve had surgery on a trapped Ulna Nerve and Median Nerve and although considerably different, the surgeon said it was the worst he had seen and unlikely to improve.

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 johnt 13 Oct 2020
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About 8 years ago i had two open finger dislocations which required tendon reconstruction on both fingers (index and middle) as a result of a fall from a ladder. I was devastated at the time but followed the physio program to the letter and was climbing again in 5 months - the only issue since has been poor circulation in one of the fingers when exposed on really cold days otherwise my recovery has been complete. I salute the NHS.  

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 hip99 13 Oct 2020
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Cheers - sounds similar. Do you have any ongoing physio now, and do you climb now with them taped? Had my surgery last week, so a long way to go yet.

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 johnt 13 Oct 2020
In reply to hip99:

After 5 months i started climbing and  have never had to use tape. Within a year after the accident i was back to climbing the same grades as before - i reckon the repaired tendons are just as strong as before the accident. One thing that i think helped was the use of therapy putty (labelled mobillis rolyon) which you can buy in different grades as recommeded by the physio, a bit like a dense  stabilised Playdoh. I think i had about 4 or 5 months of physio from the hospital - i remember tbe physio telling me it takes about 3 months for a tendon to heal after surgery. It was really a case of working on the exercises myself at home every day. I ended up with various foam and rubber balls, spring loaded finger exercise devices and several grades of putty.  When i fell off the ladder my fingers were grotesquely dislocated, bones visible with a snapped tendon in each finger - all i could think about was whether i would climb again so i understand your concerns. Stick with the program and hopefully you will make a similar recovery. Please feel free to ask if you need more info.

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 hip99 13 Oct 2020
In reply to johnt:

The putty sounds interesting - will ask about that when I’m back in next week to have the stitches out. At the moment I’ve got 50 reps of hand exercises every two hours - hurts like hell. Great to hear you got back to the same level quite quickly. Did you do another sport during your lay off time?

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 johnt 14 Oct 2020
In reply to hip99:

Yes, the pain was quite something. Another key element was massaging the affected area on a regular basis (as directed by the physio) to break down scar tissue.

I couldn't risk cycling, skiing or anything that could result in a fall but clocked up hundreds of miles walking locally to keep the cardio up. I discovered places in Newcastle that i didn't know existed.. including a few pubs on the way...  

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