Last Friday, I went to see the Hand Specialist in Orthopaedic Surgery, in Cleveland, referred by my Rheumatologist.
As I wrote after that visit, I was very impressed by this highly regarded Physician and his obvious expertise and knowledge.
So I agreed to allow him to fix my right wrist, which was a real mess of destruction caused by rampant RA over many years of not being treated aggressively by the Rheumy I had back 15-20 years ago.
This has angered me over the past few days, as so many times over the years,I have said I wished I had had the NSAIDs, DMARDs and the Biologics that are now available. Maybe I would not have had 8 spine surgeries, three other hand surgeries, 2 knee replacements, etc.
But newly diagnosed patients need to not delay receiving these drugs that can stop the progress of the disease and prevent the destruction and deformities that happen if gone uncontrolled for too long.
The drugs are available to make a big difference, why aren't they being used more, sooner? What on earth are they being saved for?
I just hate seeing others suffer and put up with such pain and damage if it can be avoided. I don't want anybody to have to experience all the aspects of RA that I and those of my generation have had to deal with.
So..I received the date for the surgery today. It will be on Monday, March 12. So essentially a month from now. Will have pre-admission testing done on March 1. I can have that all done here and then have it FAXed to the surgeon's office, so I don't have to make extra trips to the big city.
It will be done as an out-patient surgery, so I will go home same day.
Hopefully, six weeks later, I will have returned to full function.
These are the procedures he will do: Synvectomy
Distal Ulnar Resection
Proximal Row Carpectomy
I will be sure to Google those tomorrow!