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Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 5, 2013 - 01:53pm PT
Yeah!

No big deal. Dupuytren's Contracture caused my little finger to curl. Had it fixed less than a month ago, stitches get taken out tomorrow, giving me two months to train for Zion at the end of April and then another four weeks till Yosemite in June.

Psyched!

Credit: Mark Hudon
mhay

climber
Reno, NV
Feb 5, 2013 - 01:57pm PT
I hope you had some kevlar tendons installed while they were in there.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Feb 5, 2013 - 02:19pm PT
hey there say, mark... good to hear that all will be well, for you hand then, with this taken care of...

i had a near-finger-lock situation, so i learned a few things that could be done to help it, and thankfully, now, it is all okay...

it is caused by stress on the tendon,too, of the finger, from lifting heavy items, but balancing the weight ON the fingers instead of the whole hand.... (but at that job, that was the only option--glad i am not there anymore... however that kind of finger issue runs in our family, on my mom's side...


happy new climbing days, now, to you!
matty

Trad climber
under the sea
Feb 5, 2013 - 02:34pm PT
Glad to hear, hope it's better than it looks, cuz that shiz looks bad. Cheers to many happy future sends and a fully bending finger.
elistar12

climber
San Diego, CA
Feb 5, 2013 - 02:35pm PT
Looks a lot better than the first photo I saw! Healing nicely.

Hope it doesn't give you trouble while training.

Zion yay!!
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Feb 5, 2013 - 02:37pm PT
As someone still recently off the DL, I can relate. I hope you continue to heal quickly and fully, Mark.

John
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 5, 2013 - 02:42pm PT
I think it's going to hurt getting the stitches out.
TwistedCrank

climber
Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Feb 5, 2013 - 02:45pm PT
You should have patched that up with duct tape and a popsicle stick. Are you going soft?
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Feb 5, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
mannn,, as a taxidermist,, i could have done way cooler stitching than those! I coulda done a "badazz" in stitches for the scar!
briham89

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Feb 5, 2013 - 02:56pm PT
That's gnarly looking! At least you will have a cool scar.
thekidcormier

Gym climber
squamish, b.c.
Feb 5, 2013 - 03:00pm PT
^^At least!
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Feb 5, 2013 - 03:30pm PT
Now that was way high on my morning 'that's really harsh' meter. Dude, seriously, glad I don't have to stare at that all day every day. Gnar.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Feb 5, 2013 - 03:36pm PT
Gnarly.
Shredded Gnar at it's finest!

Now comes the FUN Physical Therapy, part of the rehab.

I still got a couple months of PT to go on my shoulder.
Window washing and climbing are good form of PT.

:)
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Feb 5, 2013 - 03:48pm PT
Good healing to ya Mark. Have fun in Zion.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Feb 5, 2013 - 03:49pm PT
look closely and you can see a scar just where your surgery was
look closely and you can see a scar just where your surgery was
Credit: donini

Wow mark, ten years ago i had the same surgery on the same hand in the exact same spot as yours.
Only surgery i've had....knock on wood.
It's like new and has never bothered me again...i climbed the day my stitches came out.
bhilden

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Feb 5, 2013 - 03:55pm PT
Credit: bhilden
Stiches? Staples are the bomb!
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Feb 5, 2013 - 04:05pm PT
^^^ Damn, looks like power tools were used on that Frankenstein.
Texplorer

Trad climber
Sacramento
Feb 5, 2013 - 04:08pm PT
Interestingly dupuytren's contracture is more common in people of scandanavian or celtic descent. It's sometimes called Celtic Hand.

Also many people with this also have Peyronie's disease. Please no pictures of that MH.
SCseagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Feb 5, 2013 - 04:08pm PT
I think it's going to hurt getting the stitches out.

I do too, sorry...gives me an itchy feeling

Susan
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Feb 5, 2013 - 04:19pm PT
Please no pictures of that MH.


Don't worry. He already took his ball and went home.
labrat

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Feb 5, 2013 - 04:21pm PT
Great picture Mark. Thanks for sharing and hopes for a speedy recovery!
Erik
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Feb 5, 2013 - 04:30pm PT
Heal quick Mark! You'll be sending soon.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Feb 5, 2013 - 05:01pm PT
Looks like it didn't work, Jim.

:(

photo not found
Missing photo ID#288288
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 5, 2013 - 05:42pm PT
I've already been lifting weights, doing push ups and pull ups. I don't think I'll be doing any campus boarding soon though.
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Feb 5, 2013 - 07:20pm PT
Sh#t, I'm trying to eat here!
WTF

climber
Feb 5, 2013 - 07:27pm PT
Hard men like you dont fear stitch removal.

harden up and pull those out yourself you are Mark Hugedong and you are a badass.

WTF is going on here? Winter making people soft and Crazy.

Give yourself a coffee enema and have two shots of whiskey and pull those things out.

moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Feb 5, 2013 - 07:31pm PT
And that's how it started:

photo not found
Missing photo ID#288301

Fast recovery Mark!
bhilden

Trad climber
Mountain View, CA
Feb 5, 2013 - 07:45pm PT
^^^ Damn, looks like power tools were used on that Frankenstein.

You are correct. But, the power tools were used to put this in(see photo).
Credit: bhilden
kennyt

climber
Woodfords,California
Feb 5, 2013 - 07:47pm PT
Those look like stainless deck screws
Hankster

Social climber
Golden, CO
Feb 5, 2013 - 08:12pm PT
giving me two months to train for Zion at the end of April and then another four weeks till Yosemite in June.

And we have a man-date some where in there as well!!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 5, 2013 - 08:42pm PT
Our Man-Date is in August, don't you think?

This is going to be a great climbing year for me!
klk

Trad climber
cali
Feb 5, 2013 - 09:33pm PT
glad it's the pinky and not the ring finger. pinkies are useless anyway. plus now you'll have a sexy scar.



stitches aside, that photo shows why you became a climber and not a concert pianist.
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Feb 5, 2013 - 09:45pm PT
Nice "threads" dude ;-)
Hankster

Social climber
Golden, CO
Feb 5, 2013 - 09:48pm PT
Perfect!! Can't wait!
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Feb 5, 2013 - 11:47pm PT
Mark, I kinda missed all this but the subject of fingers is vaguely interesting, except when they are chopped.

Then it becomes intensely interesting and this just happened to two kids at once. Apparently they had their fingers wrapped up in the rope when it snapped.
http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/national_world&id=8981038

Like it says in the photo of this link, Get Well Soon.

Boy, Zion, huh. Good luck with the recovery.

Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Feb 6, 2013 - 02:52am PT
Glad to hear you're healing up Mark. That's going to leave a ...mark...he. sorry.

Would like to meet up with you when you come to Zion, will be happy to give you a hand hauling kit. I'm guessing you're going to go for the Buttress all free?

Talk to ya soon!
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 6, 2013 - 09:46am PT
Vegas, no, Skot Richards and I are hoping hoping Desert Shield and then spend a day free climbing. Moonlight is on the list but not this trip, I'm not a .12d climber yet.
frank wyman

Mountain climber
montana
Feb 6, 2013 - 10:52am PT
Patient: Doc, Doc..Will I be able to climb 5.11 when my hand heals?Doctor: I don't see why not, Its as good as new... Patient: Thats amazing...I never could before....:)
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 6, 2013 - 11:22am PT
Lemme tell ya, you haven't heard the last of the free climbing team of Max and Mark. We have plans...
Double D

climber
Feb 6, 2013 - 01:43pm PT
Yeah, but your Mark Hudon and you're bad ass!
BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
Feb 6, 2013 - 02:37pm PT
That is just a sick photo. My knee scar is just plain frankensteing evil. As said previously, staples rule.

I've had to suture myself. Anyone tried that? It was really poor work, but it worked.
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Feb 6, 2013 - 02:48pm PT
I think it's going to hurt getting the stitches out.

No way man. Getting stitches pulled out is one of those cool tactile sensations. I don't like getting stitches, but I always insist on removing them myself.

Call me strange, but I love the feeling.
GhoulweJ

Trad climber
El Dorado Hills, CA
Feb 6, 2013 - 02:51pm PT
People pay to get their stitches removed???? Really?????

Snip and pull people.... Snip and pull...

You're not getting soft are ya!?!?!?!

EDIT:
Suggestion, pull on the knot end after snipping. I've pulled a few knots through the flesh and it sorta hurts a little.
chez

Social climber
chicago ill
Feb 6, 2013 - 03:39pm PT
Mark,
Next time go for the injection. Inject day one, straighten the finger day 2 or 3 and no surgery.
The collagenase breaks down the tissue which the doc pops the next day and voila.
chez

Social climber
chicago ill
Feb 6, 2013 - 03:40pm PT
Hopefully there is no next time!
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Feb 6, 2013 - 05:10pm PT
How's the hand feel now Mark?

My best wishes go out to you for a speedy recovery and
successful Physical Therapy!

Cosmic
duncan

climber
London, UK
Feb 6, 2013 - 05:37pm PT
I wouldn't go for the collagenase injections myself.

Tendons are made of collagen and are very close to the Dupuytren's cords. I'm sure Xiaflex has been thoroughly tested but probably not in climbers. Minor damage to the tendon wouldn't be noticed in most people but for a climber it might be disastrous. Have many climbers had their DC done this way?

I might consider a Needle Aponeurotomy if my DC was at an early stage and I wanted to get back onto rock asap.

Question for Mark: do you take Glucosamine?
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Feb 6, 2013 - 06:26pm PT
How'd it go Mark? Update please.
Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 6, 2013 - 06:35pm PT
I'm sitting in the drs. office right now, I'll keep you posted.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 6, 2013 - 08:09pm PT
I'm sitting in the drs. office right now, I'll keep you posted.

We want live video!
Gene

climber
Feb 6, 2013 - 08:13pm PT
Sent from my iPad.......
Plaidman

Trad climber
South Slope of Mt. Tabor, Portland, Oregon, USA
Feb 7, 2013 - 12:41am PT
I am assuming that it went well.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Feb 7, 2013 - 01:08am PT
Stitches, staples, huh !
Digital surgery is faster and cleaner:


Heal up fast Mark ! ! !

Mark Hudon

Trad climber
Hood River, OR
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 7, 2013 - 01:24am PT
Well, that was casual, I could easily have done that myself.

The Doc says it looks real good. I concur, I'll be back at in no time.
mcreel

climber
Barcelona
Feb 7, 2013 - 02:31am PT
Did you get a lollipop?
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