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Old 04-20-09, 02:53 PM   #1
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wrist surgery?

has anybody had it?

i broke my wrist Friday, and after visiting the orthopedist today, i get to go see the hand & wrist specialist and schedule surgery tomorrow. whee.

so, any experiences to share that will make me feel better about the whole thing? or worse, even?
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I don't know the details, but my father had it once or twice. He broke both his wrists very badly once. He didn't have too much troubles and has relatively (as far as I know) full functionality now.
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Old 04-20-09, 03:04 PM   #3
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Most likely you won't have:
1. Surgery
2. A cast to your upper arm for 4 months
2. a cast on your lower arm for another 7 months
3. limited range of motion in your wrist and a S shaped scar about 6 inches long

but I did
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Old 04-21-09, 01:37 PM   #4
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I broke my wrist in a bicycle accident 16 years ago, it was a distal radius fracture (along with dislocation and chipped bone on the other side). After being set twice into a cast in the ER, it was determined it was too unstable and I had to have surgery to have an external fixator put in.

It took a while to heal up (think it was 3 months before I got the last of the hardware removed) and after that I had some PT for a couple of months to regain flexibility. I went to a PT that specialized in hands/wrists. I was probably at 90% after that for a few more months, but then I was able to go back to playing violin which is the most demanding thing I ask of it.

At this point it doesn't bother me anymore, but I do have some scars from the surgery.

I still have a couple of pictures of the thing sticking out of my arm, they tend to gross people out though.

Hope you heal up quickly!
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My wrist was broken in a bike crash and I had a metal plate installed to screw the bone back together the next day. It was immobilized with a soft wrap for less than two weeks.

Once unwrapped, I could hardly move the joint. Several weeks of physical therapy brought back over 90% of movement and strength. The doc says it would be a simple procedure to remove the plate at this point if it causes any problems, but otherwise it can stay forever.

Schedule your surgery asap, follow all doctor / therapist orders and you'll be fine.
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had the surgery yesterday, went fine.

hurts like a mofo, however. i don't mind pain and hate drugs, and i've got my drip turned up almost all the way. whee.

at least the Sox won last night.
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