First off, has anyone heard of this?
Anyone with an infant or toddler that was diagnosed?
one of my 2 yr old boys has a thumb that is "stuck" in a bent position, I took him to the docs and he referred us to an orthopedic. This doctor jumped right to surgery, said it was a simple procedure, you have to make a small incision at the base of the thumb, then make a slit in the enlarged "knot" at the base of the tendon that is inflammed and causing the lock up.
He said it only takes about 10 minutes, BUT (big but), he has to go under general anesthisia since "kids can't hold still like adults can".
I never heard of this before but looked it up on the internet when I got home. Found this helpful link with pics and explanations:http://www.eatonhand.com/hw/hw022.htm
It doesn't seem like surgery should even be the first "plan"... so why suggest it for a toddler who would "have" to be but under gen as? He didn't mention taking IBprofin, or heat or ice, or cortizone shots...
Anyway, just trying to get as much information about this as I can, and figure out what I want to do. I know he needs the full use of his thumb... and would hate to do something like "wait it out" if it would make anything worse, or inhibit things like development of hand-eye coordination...
looking for thoughts/ideas/suggestions!