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Old 06-20-2009, 06:33 PM   #1
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Scaphoid Surgery Recovery time

Hello, I had a bone graft and screw inserted to repair a scaphoid non-union about 8 weeks ago. I was put in a brace for two weeks and a cast for four. About two weeks ago I had the cast removed and an X-ray taken which showed that half the bone had healed and I have a check up in about two weeks. I was wondering if anyone who had this surgery knows about how long it takes for mobility to return and pain to subside. I have about half of my mobility back but I still have alot of pain bending my wrist back. Your thoughts would be very appreciated. Thanks!

 
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Old 06-22-2009, 07:49 AM   #2
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Re: Scaphoid Surgery Recovery time

not sure about your question, but I was wondering how long it took before surgery was decided. And, prior to the surgery did you have "days" when you thought everything would be okay?

My injury occurred three months ago, and I am improving, but cannot bear weight, turn my hand to the right, or bend it. It seems to be "locked".

I see ortho today... will follow this post as I may be joining you soon, or cheering you on whichever the case may be.

 
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Old 06-22-2009, 11:02 AM   #3
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Re: Scaphoid Surgery Recovery time

Well I broke my wrist in October, and went to see a doctor in March lol. Initially after my break I had no range of motion whatsoever, but with conditioning I regained most if not all of my range and thought everything was better. Because of this I assumed it was a sprain, but after the pain didn't go away for months I went and got X-Rays. Because of the low blood supply to the scaphoid bone it often times doesn't heal well after a break, and because of the length of time in between the injury and my X-Rays, surgery was my only option. It didn't take any time at all to decide on surgery, just which type of surgery. I opted for a bone graft and screw and everything seems to be going well.
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Old 06-22-2009, 03:04 PM   #4
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Re: Scaphoid Surgery Recovery time

thanks for your response. I just got back from the doctor, he is sending me to a hand surgen. I feel I have made some progress, but I am limited too. I will miss a canoe trip I was looking forward to, and my yard is a wreck. Even bathing the dogs is impossible right now. I look forward to getting better, there is too much to do, and I want to do it

 
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Re: Scaphoid Surgery Recovery time

Hello,

I cannot answer your question but I have a few. I ended up having surgery last Monday. I had fell back in Feb and that doc said sprain. Ended up with steroid shot a couple of weeks later which did nothing. Started having more pain so went for 2nd opinion. Had MRI and told it was scaphoid fracture, top of bone dead and possible torn ligament.

Surgeon said surgery was it. So ended up with bone graft and screw and ligamrnt anchored back down. The past couple of days have been hell. Fingers was finally going back down but top of hand burns like crazy and then it feels as though someone is grabbing my wrist and constantly squeezing. I go Tuesday for stitches out and casting. Doc said I could be in cast for 3 months. How long is this turning out gor you?

Sorry for any mistakes but typing with one hand (boy is this a lot of work)!

 
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Hello,

I cannot answer your question but I have a few. I ended up having surgery last Monday. I had fell back in Feb and that doc said sprain. Ended up with steroid shot a couple of weeks later which did nothing. Started having more pain so went for 2nd opinion. Had MRI and told it was scaphoid fracture, top of bone dead and possible torn ligament.

Surgeon said surgery was it. So ended up with bone graft and screw and ligamrnt anchored back down. The past couple of days have been hell. Fingers was finally going back down but top of hand burns like crazy and then it feels as though someone is grabbing my wrist and constantly squeezing. I go Tuesday for stitches out and casting. Doc said I could be in cast for 3 months. How long is this turning out gor you?

Sorry for any mistakes but typing with one hand (boy is this a lot of work)!


I was actually in constant pain for about a week, and then I really couldn't it for another 2-3 weeks. I got the cast off in only 4 weeks, but now I'm not so sure it was a good idea. I still have a decent amount of bone pain and I'm not sure the second half healed. I go for a check-up in two weeks. I'd advise that the longer you keep the cast, the better.
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Old 07-07-2009, 06:30 AM   #7
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Re: Scaphoid Surgery Recovery time

Hi Paul

I am just wondering how your Scaphoid is getting on?!? I Snapped mine and have also fractured both my Ulna and Radius. My wrist is healing fine, but my Scaphoid im not so sure about. I did the injury about 6 weeks ago playing Rugby while attempting to brake my fall from a tackle, i instead broke my wrist/hand!! I cant be doing without my hand and have been in plasta now for about 4 weeks (as at first i thought it was a sprain). I need to get back to full mobility ASAP but my next appointment isnt until August (4 weeks), should i go back now as they havent seen it in 4 weeks or should i wait?? If im gonna need an Op, id rather get it sooner rather than later surely??

responses really appricated.

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Old 07-15-2009, 09:14 PM   #8
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Actually my appointment was moved back to the the 20th, but I'm not too optimistic on the healing. It was only half-healed when the cast came off and I have pain that's similar to what I had before the surgery right now. Update on the 20th.
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Old 07-16-2009, 12:50 AM   #9
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Re: Scaphoid Surgery Recovery time

Got mine brought forward to the 21st of July so update then. Pretty sure its gonna be a non-union (not re-joined) and therefore will go private medi care and get an op!! What are the down sides to that though?? Anyone/Paul know?

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Old 07-20-2009, 10:38 AM   #10
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Went to see the doctor today and he believes it's healing at a decent rate, but because of my pain and tenderness he's sending me for a full CT scan. Looks positive though =]

As with any surgery there's always a risk for permanant nerve and tissue damage, and there's the possibillity that it wouldn't work, but that's usually rare. I have no feeling in the left side of my forearm, but I thinks it's coming back slowly. I recommend getting the surgery asap though because of the type of injury and the trouble healing. Oh and it hurts, alot, lol. Maybe more if you tear your stitches like me. Make sure that you sleep with the dumb stabilizer in the days after surgery, no matter how uncomfortable, because you may stretch in your sleep. Believe me, it hurts worse than the initial surgery.
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Old 07-20-2009, 11:29 AM   #11
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Re: Scaphoid Surgery Recovery time

My appointment with the hand surgen is still weeks away. I decided to help my husband with a project (hanging a storm door) and all I did was the small things. The next day my hand had swelled, and the pain was almost unbearable. I wont know what's needed until I see Dr. XXX, so until then I am hanging in limbo.... scapoid repair, or only TFCC, who knows? I am following this post, but it scares me to think what could be coming my way. I hope all who have had surgery are recovering nicely, and pain is subsiding, and all who are waiting as I am are not stressing too much. One question, at what point did you know what was needed and how was it decided? I have had several appointments with Ortho, and he seemed to think surgery is needed, but did not specify what kind. Will one appt. with the specialist be enough for him to decide.. I'm coming on four months since the accident now, and I'm fed up with my limitations. Any feedback would be appreciated.

 
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Re: Scaphoid Surgery Recovery time

Just an update. I went in yesterday for my follow up. Surgery was 6 weeks and 2 days ago. Got my cast off yesterday after wearing it for 4 weeks. Got xrays. Doc said looks good but still too soon to know if the bone graft will take. Got another cast. This one for 5 weeks. When I go back he said that I may get a splint instead of another cast. Will then get a cat scan to see if the bone is thriving and if it is then will start the phyiscal theraphy.

I thought i was going to end up with two cuts, one of side of wrist and one across top for ligament repair but he did it all in the one on top. Looks real good but still itches like hell.

Still have pain but nothing like it was.

 
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I was never in a lot of pain unless I did something. Like the day after my daughters graduation it hurt badly from all the clapping. I only did something because I found out the bone was dying and the thought of terrible arthritis at an early age. Doc said no guarantees with this surgery but with me being young (so he says) and that I am otherwise healthy he thinks it will work. Down side is you will probably loose some mobility. He said if is had even been casted early I would automatically loose it but since i walked around with it broke for months it never happened.

 
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Just an update. I went in yesterday for my follow up. Surgery was 6 weeks and 2 days ago. Got my cast off yesterday after wearing it for 4 weeks. Got xrays. Doc said looks good but still too soon to know if the bone graft will take. Got another cast. This one for 5 weeks. When I go back he said that I may get a splint instead of another cast. Will then get a cat scan to see if the bone is thriving and if it is then will start the phyiscal theraphy.

I thought i was going to end up with two cuts, one of side of wrist and one across top for ligament repair but he did it all in the one on top. Looks real good but still itches like hell.

Still have pain but nothing like it was.
That's a lot of waiting in a cast... i truly feel for you. My surgery was july 13th and i was in a cast till yesterday (6.5 total weeks) and i thought THAT was a long time! my surgeon has me in a splint now for the next 4-6 months but only while i'm completing moderate physical tasks (nothing heavy for sure!). But things like sleeping/routine things around the office/home i can do without the splint.

He also told me physio was hard to recommend for this kind of injury (obviously case specific) because they are basically acting like school teachers making sure you did your homework. If you do the exercises (mobility mostly) then there is little advantage to physio (possibly later on for final recovery it may be needed).

But these are one of the worst injuries to have - takes forever to heal because of that limited blood supply. At least when you get to the splint stage they let you go for jogs and light exercise so you can at least do something!

 
Old 08-28-2009, 12:21 PM   #15
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Re: Scaphoid Surgery Recovery time

Hello, this is definately a slow healing injury...I had a vascular graft & screw done in March & mine is still in pain & sill partially broken (5 months after surgery). CT scan does show it is making progress it is just going to take a long time. I was in a cast for 2 weeks & then a removable splint (including thumb) for the next 6 weeks, then another removable splint (without thumb restraint) for another 6 weeks...I now don't have anything on but will still go back to my splint from time to time as the level of pain varies from day to day. Some days you feel just about nothing & others feels like you broke it all over again. I would still wear any splints over night as you don't know what you are doing while you sleep (found this out the hard way) as some days I would wake up & just simply because how I slept on it, it would hurt real bad. I would also be very strict to how you use it. I did use mine for some heavy stuff that I shouldn't have used it for & am worried I set my progress back. My next appointment is still 1 month away & I can already tell it won't heal before then. I will be happy if it heals by the 1 year mark from surgery. As far as the range of motion goes....I got about 95% of it back & got most of the strength back...Just make sure you keep doing the Therapy for it.

 
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