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An Oak Ridge Boys member shows the progress he is making after his recent surgery Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 23: (L-R) Recording Artists Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban of the Oak Ridge Boys perform at The Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum Presents 'The Oak Ridge Boys' Christmas Night Out' in CMA Theater on December 23, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame)

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.

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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!

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“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.”

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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