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How Long Until My Wrist Fusion Stops Hurting Oucheeee?

How Long Until My Wrist Fusion Stops Hurting Oucheeee?

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 seems I really have no clue. Theā€¦ read more

A myRAteam Member said:

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.

edited, originally posted over 4 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

Wrist and Ankle microsurgeries are very involved and I know of a few , who never fully recovered ! God bless

posted over 4 years ago
A myRAteam Member said:

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 will be in my thoughts and prayers.

posted over 4 years ago
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