Update 10/25/13: We decided to NOT do surgery at this time. We feel his condition is NOT limiting his hands in any way. He has started to write/scribble appropriately. We are not convince that surgery is needed at all.
Update 7/10/12: We meet with the hand doctor and he suggested we wait till Calvin is 2 years old to correct the issue. So just shy of his 2nd birthday we will have this surgery. It is very scary and I really just place it in the back of my head in hopes that I will forget about it. Its a hard challenge that I have to face, as it won't correct it self. Scroll down to read more about Calvin's Trigger thumb.
We also got the suggestion to “try to straighten it” by splinting/messaging. Honestly the that route will not solve my sons issue. The cartilage that runs in the inside of his thumb is just not long enough to let his finger bend properly. We feel surgery is the best option at this point for him and has a more permanent effect then splinting. If we let it go too long we are afraid that he will fall and it will tear to a point where its considered reconstructive surgery. And that could just be messy, or it could just break it all together. COULD you Imagine the pain from that.
UPDATE 4/12: We have surgery scheduled for next month to correct the problem. We opted for surgery instead of a least invasive route. We feel in the long run, he will have less problems with it and he won't accidentally make it worse.
I am one scared mother. Scared for the fact that this surgery will require anesthesia to put him out. Most of the time its just a local but because we all know that he WONT sit still we need him out. This just scared me a tad bit too much.
Has your child ever had surgery before? What was it like when they came out of their induced coma?
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I noticed that my son had a thumb that didn't completely straighten about a month ago. He really can not straighten it past what you see in the above picture ( which is not him). That's pretty much his "thumbs up." We thought at first that is was just a cute deformity and did not feel the need to pursue the issue. We actually joke that cricked fingers runs in the family. But this really is no joke. It wasn't until recently, Calvin started experiencing (what it looked like) pain in one of his thumb. I scheduled an apt with our prediction who immediately made us go get x-rays to make sure it wasn't broken. Her diagnosis was a Trigger Thumb.
What is a Trigger Thumb : Trigger thumb refers to a thumb that clicks, catches or “locks” as the tip of the thumb moves from a bent to a straight position. No one knows exactly how common this condition is. Researchers estimate that trigger thumbs make up about 2 percent of all hand problems in growing children.
While often referred to as "congenital" trigger thumbs, many studies of newborns show that this problem does not appear at the time a child is born.
They’re caused when a fibrous band under which your child’s thumb tendon normally glides is too tight. This prevents an easy gliding motion and results in a swollen, inflamed tendon.
When the tendon becomes inflamed, it’s difficult (or impossible) for your child to fully extend his thumb.
So our next step is to meet with a orthopedic specialist.
I'm scared as shit to think that my kid will need surgery
Please send some prayers our way. We need them.