I had left and right hip replacements in my twenties which were enormously successfu and figured a wrist fusion in my 30s would be much easier.
I guess I should have realized that intuitively intricate bone work where there are lots of nerves will hurt more than hips which are giant lego basically because...BOY...does it hurt.
Mostly I am just flustered because I had a fairly clear expectation of what recovery would be like (similar to the hips) and now it… read more
Hi, thank-you all so much for your well wishing and sharing your experiences! I had a total wrist @arthrodesis. The initial three weeks were much more painful than expected. Kind of a total nightmare.
Week 4 I am using the hand again and encouraged to stretch and strengthen. All signs point to a very positive outcome but I was definitely questioning my decision for a while.
With the hip I had a very good outcome. 15 years on can run, dance etc after awful damage - like the femur was literally fused with my pelvis when I was waiting for the insurance to come through. It was cross polyethelene on titanium- and I got pretty much all the mobility back.
Every one is different in their preferences - I have tended to go with the more radical-but-sturdy-and-proven surgical options. Would prefer one big surgery every 25 years then to go under the knife every five years. But it depends what what is feasible with home life - different for everyone I guess.
Anyhow just thought I'd write back to say it's working out, share my own outcome and thanks again for your empathy in my time of need.
Wrist and Ankle microsurgeries are very involved and I know of a few , who never fully recovered ! God bless
I have problems with my wrist, carpal tunnel something with an abutment and arthritis...I have a torn tendon at my elbow and was supposed to have surgery on that and my wrist, but not a fusion.... I do know that I was told that the tendon and wrist surgery were going to be a long painful recover and since they are both on my right I have been putting it off. Have you spoken with your surgeon about the expectations of the surgery? How long has it been since your surgery? I had a hip arthroscopy and femorplasty, not a replacement, they drilled my femur head and put screws in it...that surgery was so painful and I have really never fully recovered from it. My labrum was torn almost completely off and rather than hip replacement that wanted to do this....I wish I would have gotten the replacement because now I need it...after that torturous surgery I had done in 2015. I really feel for you, you have been through so much at such a young age...god bless you....you will be in my thoughts and prayers.