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Wound Healing After Hand Surgery In Patients With Systemic Sclerosis


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Posted 26 March 2007 - 03:24 PM

Wound healing after hand surgery in patients with systemic sclerosis-a retrospective analysis of 41 operations in 19 patients. In systemic sclerosis, surgery performed electively does not seem to have increased difficulty with wound healing. Even larger operations, such as wrist arthrodesis or wrist replacement, can be performed safely.PubMed. J Hand Surg [Br]. 2007 Feb 1. (Also see: Digital Ulcers and Raynaud's Treatments)

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#2 m theresa

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Posted 26 February 2016 - 12:34 AM

I am wondering how common it is for people with scleroderma to opt to have arthrodesis, arthroplasty or other procedures to repair the damage done to their digits from scleroderma and what are their outcomes?



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Posted 26 February 2016 - 10:43 AM

Hi M Theresa,

 

Welcome to these forums!

 

Thankfully, I've never had to undergo arthrodesis, arthroplasty or other procedures, so am unable to advise you from my own experience.

 

It's possible that we may have other members who will be able to give you some first hand advice.

 

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Posted 01 March 2016 - 12:21 PM

I can tell you that in our case, my wife underwent elective digital sympathectomy with the goal of increased blood flow and reduced ulcers. The results however were not good. This was only done within one hand and that hand has significant reduction in functionality and flexibility compared to the hand that was not done.

She has also had fat transfers in both hands and those healed much better. However, with this surgery there was not any significant improvement in functions or reduction in ulcers.



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Posted 01 March 2016 - 08:40 PM

Hi Rick,

 

Welcome to these forums!

 

Thanks for letting us know about your wife's experience with the digital sympathectomy and I'm sorry to hear that it wasn't as successful as you'd hoped.

 

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#6 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 10 March 2016 - 05:31 AM

Hello All

I have sclerodabctyly (it's my hands in the video of the same name)
and would love my hands back. However, I read an account of a woman who had her fingers broken and straightened, she had no more functionality but they were easier to care for.

Obviously she no longer had tight skin when she had surgery and I do. I used to think that once the skin softened, my joints would be free again, apart from my no skin softening issue, the joints can become fixed (contractures) and remain so which means that my hands my be this way forever, well, until I die anyways.

High five anyone? No? Me either.
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Posted 20 March 2016 - 04:53 PM

I do not know about hand surgery, but I had prosthetic disc with my neck five years later that had to be removed because it never healed right and my neck had to be fused at C5-C6.
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I am very happy with the situation as there is a lot less pain than that, though it is a new test for them here in the United States, so good luck with your surgery and I also got pneumonia which is not typical for me.I've never gotten pneumonia with his surgery before that is also how we found out that I have polyps in my lungs.

Bless you and I will be thinking of you.