Back at it again y’all.
So yesterday I got my Titan installed, and my flexNExT replaced with my discMN in the same session. Since I already gave such a long write up on the flexNExT install I had done, it’d probably be redundant to reiterate how the procedure went down, as it was essentially identical. Things of note this time around:
- My installer mentioned that it would probably hurt more this time around, as the placement of the implant made it so that it preventatively difficult to shoot the anesthetic under it, and they were certainly not lying. They still applied local anesthetic, but I definitely felt a lot more of the fascia separation process. All I can say is that @Mariarangok is a true champ. Because of this, I also feel like the post-op pain is much more noticeable and just more unpleasant in general.
- Because my original flexNExT has migrated over towards the original incision site, it was actually slightly passed where the original scar, so my installer had to make an incision lower than the previous scar instead of using the same one. No harm no foul here for me personally.
The real treat of the day was my Titan install though. I’ve wanted a fingertip magnet for many years now, and while I had, at one time, planned on getting one (risks of failure be damned), my hobbies of rock climbing and playing music ended up convincing me that it was a bad idea to get on in my fingertip. As such, I thought about where I could get a magnet implanted, and settled on the side of the base of my ring finger, known medically as the proximal phalanx of that finger. I was slightly skeptical of how easily it could be done and what the risks would be (the blood vessels not cooperating, accidentally damaging the palmar digital nerve that runs up the side of the finger and losing sensation in the rest of my finger, etc), but after talking with my installer about it, decided to go for it. The installation ended up being a complete breeze. The installer injected local anesthetic around the phalanx in question (they didn’t perform a full digital block - not sure how common or uncommon that is for these procedures), and once the anesthetic had taken hold, they made a small incision on from the top side of my finger, parallel to the phalanx. Once open, they used a small dermal elevator to separate the fascia, then used a small round elevator to widen the pocket on the inside. The magnet pushed in fairly easily, and then they used of of the smaller elevators to push the magnet in a little further, held the magnet in place through the skin(so it didn’t attach to the tool), and removed the tool. 2 stitches, and it was done.
As far as aftercare, I’m doing the same stuff for my disc install as before (cleaned with anti-bacterial soap, cover with tegaderm). The magnet, being such a smaller incision, is just getting clean and superglue (recommended by the installer as well, in case anyone doubts the efficacy of that). I took a couple photos from my phone, I’ll post em up here shortly. Not great quality, but it’s what I got for now haha.