"I have rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. My hands are very painful and I have several joints replaced over the years. I have little movement in my wrists and am considering getting them fused.
Is it safer to let them fuse naturally or fuse them surgically now?"
Ulnar Tunnel Syndrome occurs when the ulnar nerve is compressed.
The ulnar nerve runs from the neck into the hand, it is one of the three main nerves that provide feeling and function to the hand.
You have almost certainly experienced pain related to the ulnar nerve - it's the nerve affected when you hurt your 'funny bone' in the elbow.
It is usually caused by a soft tissue tumor, most commonly a ganglion cyst.
"I have osteoarthritis in my right thumb. It’s very painful. I recently saw an orthopedic hand specialist who recommended surgery (a trapeziectomy). He said the surgery has a 90-95% success rate, would take the pain away completely, and is covered by my insurance.
"I'm having carpal tunnel surgery soon - will I have pins and needles after surgery and if so, for how long?"