When the legendary Joe Bonsall from the Oak Ridge Boys gave Rare Country a call in early September to discuss his recent hand surgery, he was quick to note that he was OK. Despite some worrisome-looking photos posted to the band’s socials, Joe reassured that there was nothing to be concerned about. He was feeling good.
What he didn’t mention was what a difference this surgery would end up making in his life. The operation had become necessary to fix the effects of a genetic condition called Dupuytren’s disease that was growing around his tendons and limiting his dexterity, and particularly his ability to make music.
Indeed, before the surgery, Joe was at a point where he could not straighten out his fingers at all. He could not play his much-loved banjo. He could not keep his hand from going into a somewhat altered state.
But look at what he can do now!
“Four weeks ago I had surgery on my right hand for Dupuytrens Contracture,” he tweeted on Sept. 26 alongside a series of pics of the transformation his hand has gone through in the past few weeks. “Before, during, today … Thank you @tennessee_ortho,” he wrote.
“If the swelling goes away at base of little finger, and Doc said it would, I am back in high cotton,” Joe tweeted the following day. “Doing my excersises religiously.”