Nathaniel saw the hand surgeon today. It has been almost a year since surgery to rotate his right thumb and six months since our last check up. The surgeon is very happy with the placement of the thumb and Nathaniel's ability to do the pincher grasp with the right hand now, something he was not able to do prior to surgery. Nathaniel's right hand will probably not be his dominate hand; we expected that. But surgery has created a very useful support hand.
We have been working on hand strength for months in occupational therapy. Nathaniel struggles to pull up his pants or separate pop beads. The right thumb, while in a good position now, lacks normal muscle structure. Surgery included splicing a muscle on the pinky side of the hand and bringing it over to the thumb to increase muscle support. Nathaniel has a curled pinky finger as a result of relocating the muscle.