Jacqueline Goldsmith had an arthritic joint replaced in her finger eighteen months ago and is now returning to have the same operation on two other fingers. She tells her story here:
The treatment and service I have received has been first class.
"I have had arthritis for many years in my back, hips and extremities. It can be so painful doing the simplest of things: doing up a button, holding a pen, turning a key in a lock - small things in your daily routine that, over time, become very stressful. The pain in my middle finger was getting worse so that even if I was sitting still doing nothing, I could feel it throbbing constantly.
I had been seeing consultant rheumatologist Professor Chakravarty but I had lost the ability to bend my middle finger at all and the drugs I had been prescribed didn’t help the function or the pain enough. It was him that suggested I speak to Mr Sood about having surgery.
In my consultation with Mr Sood, he explained that I could have the finger joint replaced with a prosthetic joint which would reduce the pain. However, realistically, I’d probably only get 50% of the function back.
I went ahead with the surgery in January 2012 which went very well and was followed by six weeks of intensive hand therapy. The first two weeks post-op were very painful but I had been warned to expect that. It gradually eased as the weeks went on and by three months there was no pain at all. Now, 18 months on, I can make a full fist so I actually have far more than the expected 50% function back. Mr Sood has said such a full recovery is rare so I have been very lucky.
Though the hand therapy was painful initially, I’m glad I kept it up. If you want the best results, you have to do what the consultant recommends and I am so pleased with the outcome!
I’ve booked in to have two other joints replaced on my right hand so I will be interested to see whether I experience the same sort of recovery with them. Even 50% function is better than what I have now though so it will always be an improvement.
The whole process has been excellent and it has made it easier for me to do the day-to-day things I struggled with before. I can even play with my grandchildren more without such painful consequences.
I would definitely recommend to anybody with painful arthritic fingers that they go to see Mr Sood and get his opinion. The treatment and service I have received at Spire Hartswood has been first class."