Early on in the rehabilitation process, DeLuca suggested Priest consider undergoing a second surgery to remove scar tissue in his middle finger, which she believed would help him restore movement.
It was the right call, Priest says.
“It was one of the best decisions I made,” he says. “Prior to the surgery, it didn’t seem likely that I would regain full range of motion for my middle finger. But afterward—almost the first day after I got home—I had improved range of motion. And it kept getting better and better.”
Initially, it was unclear how much motion Priest would regain in his injured middle figure. At the outset, the focus was on caring for his wound to support healing and prevent swelling.
The next stage, DeLuca says, was to work on scar management and range of motion. Once it was safe, they focused on regaining strength and functional use of the hand. The entire process took about three months.