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Old 07-12-2013, 08:44 PM   #1
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ulnar shortening

Hi! My surgeon is suggesting that I get the ulnar shortening surgery to relieve pressure the ulnar side of the wrist as I've torn several ligaments in the wrist. I had a wrist arthroscopy last month so he could see the extent of damage and so he can plan for future surgery if needed. The damage turned out far more extensive than the MRI/arthrogram showed. I have a partial tear of the scalpholunate ligament, complete tear of the lunotriquetral ligament and I've worn through the TFCC. I have the typical ulnar sided pain, and pain around the lunate bone but lately, I'm experiencing more and more problems on the thumb side of the wrist.

Has the ulnar shortening surgery helped relieve or reduce symptoms for anyone who also tore ligaments?

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Old 09-05-2013, 07:19 PM   #2
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Re: ulnar shortening

I don't know if you have had your surgery all ready, I just had mine in July and I am still recovering. I am Post op week 6.5 now. I will say depending on the type of surgery your surgeon will do depends on your healing process. My Dr. shaved my bone down in the wrist. This is very painful however through my research I would not need a second surgery as do most that get the plate put in their arm. I do not have full range of motion in my arm, nor do I have strength in it yet. But I am hopeful for a full recovery and know that I need to be patient with the process. Hopefully this was helpful for you. Good luck with your decision.

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Old 09-22-2013, 07:18 PM   #3
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Re: ulnar shortening


Thanks your your response! No, I haven't had the ulnar shortening yet. It is tentatively scheduled for late January due to my work schedule. I was definitely not happy postponing it that long but I guess it's probably better to rehab when it is less hectic than having the surgery and returning to work when they'd expect 70+ hours a week from me.

Along with the ulnar shortening, he will be addressing a few other issues at the same time so the expected surgery will take several hours. I really messed up the wrist.

I hope your recovery continues to proceed as planned.

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