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Old 10-04-2009, 02:29 PM   #1
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ulnar shortening

I had ulnar shortening along with wrist arthroscopic surgery on August 19. Was in a cast for six weeks. This Thursday went back again and had another x-ray. The ulnar bone is not healing. (guess this would be non union.) Know he has me in a hard splint, a bone growth stimulator for 10 hours a day , vitamin C & D to try and make the bone heal. Does anyone know what they would do if it still does't heal? More surgery or what? I am new to this group so I would appreciate any insight one could give.

 
Old 11-20-2009, 05:47 PM   #2
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Re: ulnar shortening

I'm so sorry to hear your bones are not uniting...my thoughts and prayers are with you for the current treatment to help and for you to have a quick recovery!!

I was told several weeks ago by first doc that I had ulnar-sided tendonitis. 2 1/2 weeks ago got 2nd opinion and was told that I have ulnar impaction syndrome in both of my wrists due to my ulna bones being too long in both arms (positive ulnar variance). Talk about my jaw hitting the floor!! They are trying conservative treatments right now...Have long arm spint (just below elbow) on left arm and short splint on right arm and I'm taking anti-inflammatories. My pain right now is mild, but I'm afraid that I'll be much worse if I stop taking the meds and in the future. They said if conservative treatments don't work I'll need both of my ulna bones shortened. I'm so worried....any advice would be greatly appreciated!! I'm going for a third opinion on tuesday...

 
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:49 PM   #3
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Re: ulnar shortening

From what I've read...for non-unions they can do a bone graft...still learning and reading.

 
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