joint fusion

  1. I am having a problem getting information about
    recovery time after Arthrodesis. My patient has only one finger affected (from an infection that
    had not been treated). She ended up with an arthritic joint and now has to have a fusion
    because of the pain.

    What is the recovery time in terms of her returning to work.

    Thank you for your input.:kiss
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  3. by   P_RN

    Check out this series of pages. Unfortunately it will probably be more her insurance coverage that decides, than the actual NEED for time for therapy etc. Believe me only one finger can take a long time to recover. It certainly will depend on the type of work she does.
  4. by   mdslabod
    Thanks for reply but I am afraid that I did not understand your answer.

    Why would the insurance decide her recovery time?

    The person having the surgery is a nurse.
  5. by   P_RN
    If she has no insurance or minimal coverage she will probably have to return to work just to pay the bill. She may not be able to afford the therapy needed.
  6. by   mdslabod
    she has excellent insurance. My question is in reference to
    recovery time and pain control.

  7. by   P_RN
    FIngers are a sensitive part of the body and use of the hand is therefore restricted for several weeks following surgery. A return to work is dependent on the physical nature of the job and how much the involved hand has to be used for gripping, pushing and pulling. It woudl go without saying that there should be no open areas or signs of infection.