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Old 10-12-2013, 10:55 PM   #16
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Re: Ulnar Shortening Surgery... how long is recovery?

Hello all! It has been a really long time since I've been on here. But I thought just in-case someone's following all of the threads I'd post an update. To recap, I had my ulnar shortening osteotomy on Jan 25, 2013. I was in physical therapy for about 8 weeks (give or take) and I returned to work after 5 weeks.

It is now about 9 months later and I'd say that my wrist is 100 percent good and my arm is about 75 percent. There are a few specific things that still make my arm sore and swell just over the plate. The biggest offender is when I carelessly bang my arm, right on that spot, on something hard. I tend to do that more often than I should, but with the plate being right there on the outside, it's kinda hard not to. It always make my eyes water and I just go ahead and ice it because I know what's coming.

Doing push-ups make it swell almost immediately, but what's crazy is that I can lift weights and curl up to 20 lbs with no problem! Here's the caziest one of em all....folding laundry...yes, laundry makes it swell worst than everything mentioned above...and the swelling usually sticks around for a few days. I assume it's the constant twisting and torquing of my wrist that causes repeated tugging on the plate that aggravates the soft tissue and causes swelling.

Other times I've had swelling I wasn't quite sure what caused it. I really think that once I get this plate out I won't have any issues anymore, and I have about another 3 months before my doctor will take it out. My wrist (the original problem) has been great! I have not had any problems out of it at all since the surgery so I can truly say that the surgery was successful in that regard. I regained 100 percent of my range of motion (with no pain) about 4-5 months after the surgery. My next hurdle will be recovery after plate removal, but I'm sure that will be a cake walk compared to the original surgery.

 
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