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Old 11-03-2010, 06:49 AM   #1
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I am an avid rifleman, not necessarily good but love and shoot obessevilly. Ive been on disability for 25+ years. The V.A. has offered to rebuild my hands and wrists. Does anyone have any experience with joint replacement with Knuckles and wrists? I do get by with what limited use of my hands, but they are promising me possible miraculous results. I am totaly responsible for my Mother who has limited mental capacity due to early stages of altzimers. I manage and do what I have to do with my incompacaties at this time. I am on the negative side of having these rather extensive procedures done. I am almost 63. Has anyone had similar surgery, and do you recommend it. ? recovery time, success? Really would like some direction or thoughts.



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I don't have any first hand knowledge on the subject. I have read about some big things they are doing in joint replacement.I can see with your responsibilities how the down time could effect things. If it was me I would have to look long and hard at how would my responsibilities be dealt with while I had these procedures and go through rehab. If you can keep things going pretty smooth then it would be really worth looking into.

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dteed, sorry brother, I have no experience, nor do I know anyone that has any. So I am no help in that respect.

I will however add you to my prayer list.
Best of luck Sir.

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I would hope the plan is to do one hand/wrist at a time. What do they say about recovery time?

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Thanks for the comments, Now I have to figure out how to get my wife to wipe my ass if I do decide to go through the procedure done.

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Have to go to Pittsburgh to see the orthopedic surgeon Dec 1. Will have a better idea about my decision then. Right now i think it would be like putting new tires on an old car with a broken frame.

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I'm in Erie, about 140 mi. north of Pittsburgh

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