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March 27th, 2012
10:58 am

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More on the hand
Ok, here's the deal. Talked to the Doctor today. We did talk about alternate treatments. His comment was that they take care of the symptoms, but not the damage. Moderate Severe is as bad as the Doctor who did the readings will write. There is real damage.

The end result is that I will have surgery on April 10th (unless there isn't room in the schedule, in which case it will be done the 17th).

The surgery is as non-invasive as it can be. His comment about his partner, who still does it in an old way, was very amusing. His whole attitude was "that is so 19th century".

He will cut a very small incision and go in with a probe. He says that if I needed to I could play a show that night. He doesn't advise it, but it is that non-invasive. He'll do both hands and the thumb (if it is still necessary) that day. I will miss work that day, and probably stay home the next as well, although he does not seem to think that is necessary. I should be back to normal in a few days.

One person on FB was worried about insurance. My insurance will pay for everything.

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From:ntrlstgrl
Date:March 27th, 2012 04:17 pm (UTC)
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That is excellent news!! Especially the non-invasive/less-invasive bit. My surgery worked great, and my scars blend into the lines on my palms. It could have been way worse. Will it be a local anesthetic? (I have some hilarious stories about my surgeries and anesthesia.) If they recommend PT or OT; do it! :-) Helped me a bunch, although my PT dude was super bossy. We didn't always get along. LOL! Glad to hear there's a plan and a quick timeline.
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From:scott_lynch
Date:March 27th, 2012 04:20 pm (UTC)
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Well, man, that sounds about as utterly non-invasive as surgery can be... I hope it does the job!
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From:johnny9fingers
Date:March 27th, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)

One guitar player to another.

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Hope all goes well and that you recover fully and quickly.
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From:catsittingstill
Date:March 27th, 2012 10:38 pm (UTC)
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Wishing you well.
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From:hofdave
Date:March 27th, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
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That is great news and hope it goes well.
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