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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Craig's crooked finger

Good afternoon.
 Just got Craig home a little while ago from a 2 hour surgery for
Dupuytren's Contracture. A condition that causes the finger to pull inward.
It wasn't painful, and really wasn't bothering him. He could still grip okay, but asked the doctor if there was any necessity in getting it fixed now or waiting until it got worst.
 His primary care doc referred him to an orthopedic doc for evaluation. The ortho doc said now was definitely time to do it. It was already so bent that if he waited much longer and it got worst, it would be harder to get it back straight.
 Surgery went well. Brace and stitches for 6 weeks then night time brace for 6 months. And Percocet for the pain.

The finger had progressively gotten worst since he retired. Good thing he retired when he did. Couldn't cut hair with that finger that bent. The surgery required an incision from the palm to the tip in a zig-zag cut so they could 'scrape' the nodules off the inside. It took longer than the projected 'a little over an hour' as the nerves were twisted around the nodules. We got to the surgery center at 6:30 and was on our way home by 11:00. Actual surgery took just under 2 hours. 
In other news....
the weather has been great! Sunny and low 80's. A neighbor has fixed  a couple of meals for us and another neighbor. Her husband has been on a couple of short trips and she likes to cook to keep busy. One day was Chicken Enchiladas and another was Spaghetti. She's a very good cook! Everything was not only real tasty, she didn't want any of the leftovers. Bonus! So we've been eating good!
Well, that's it for the time being.


  1. Percocet causes constipation. Be aware.

  2. The finger looks painful both before and after. I hope it heals quickly and well.