Oh god. Cudnt you get a second opinion. I think I might be doin that on my right knee as i keep gettin stabbing pains in it and it gives way when I walk. Ive had MRI and X-rays done but it's come back clear.
Have you got a wrist brace you cud wear? I've got one and wear it when my wrist hurts. The one I've got has got a metal plate on the inside which can be taken out. It's got Velcro straps on it so you can have it as tight or as loose as you want.
Last time I wore mine was when I had the cast off for a few days.
I have 3 types of splints that I can still wear for support. I do put one on if I'm going to be doing any lifting. I'm reluctant to wear it too much though because I'm really trying to get my ROM back.
I actually got an official referral to another orthopedic specialist today. Of all places, it came from my Pulmonologist (who is a really great doc in my eyes.). I'm waiting for the referral service to get back to me in scheduling the appointment.
Hi ya. Got the all clear from the hospital, got to go back in 3 months. Had another X-ray done cos on the last one I had there was gap but it's now closed. I saw it and saw the plate I've got 6 screws in it.
Dr said its healing nicely and will inbed itself, I told him about the pain I kept gettin and he said I will do for a while but it's still early days. But he said that if it keeps hurting to carry on taking the tablets. But it will sort its self out.
Had an accident last weekend, was playin with quite a biggish dog and she kicked my right arm where the plate is, it's still brusied and really hurts, I've gone back to raising it at night to stop the pain. I feel really stupid tho.
The following user gives a hug of support to booboo31: MountainReader (06-15-2012)
Hi ya that is doin really well. I have noticed that my wrist cracks when I move it around sometimes but it doesn't hurt so that's a good thing.
Other then that it's doin really well. When I last saw my surgeon he showed me the X-ray from before I had it done and cud see that the ulnar bone was too long then he showed me the one I had done that day and it's completely healed, there's abit of a lump where the bones have joined but that's it. So it's all good.
Oh dear thats not good. I was gunna say about getting a second opinion. I have noticed that wen I've got the palm of my hand flat out in front of me of to the side it really hurts but it cud be where they put the camera in and it's gettin better but slowly.
My doc only did the ulnar osteotomy on my and not any arthroscopic surgery. I'm thinking maybe there is a tear in my TFCC area that didn't show up on my MRI.
I bought this thing called a Wrist Widget last week. It is a special type of "splint" designed specifically for ulnar sided pain. I thought I'd try it for a few weeks to see if it helps. It gives me ulnar wrist support without impeding my wrist movement. It is fairly comfortable. I'll let you know how it goes.
Hi I'm new here. I'm having arthroscopy and ulnar osteotomy in the same op. I've had my pre op assesment so just waiting for the date now. I found out that I'll have a temp cast on til i go home the following day, then have a back slab for 2 weeks then have a fibre cast on for 4/6 weeks then start physio.
I was given a couple of leaflets about anesthetic and blood clots. I'll also have to have an injection in my tummy to thin my blood but I'm not worried about that. A friend of mine said instead of having a gen anesthetic to have a nerve block and be awake when its done but I'm not sure. I'd rather be asleep then here wats goin on.
booboo, how are you doing after your surgery? Can you give me an update. My dr wants to do the shortening procedure on my right arm and I am very reluctant. thank you!!!
My bone has actually healed up well from the procedure. I'm still having some problems though, but they are related to my original injury. I had the Ulnar Osteotomy without any arthroscopic work on my TFCC area. I'm wondering now if I have a bit of a tear in that area that didn't show on my MRI. I'm still working on regaining my full ROM, but I'm able to do most activities outside of heavy lifting now.
The first 10 days, I just did the sponge bath thing and washed my hair in the sink. I bought some baby wipes to help me feel fresher as well. I had some help at first, but figured a routine I could use after that. For showering, I found a great product called a Cast Shield that I used once I got my fiberglass cast on. It pretty much worked like a large condom. I was able to roll it up over the cast and it stayed secure on my upper arm without any fastening at all. I never had any water get in. I was able to figure a way to use the ends of my fingers through the cast cover while I showered so that bit of an assist made things a bit easier.
I was worried about the hair thing. I have fairly short hair. I had a haircut scheduled about a week after surgery and I told my hairstylist I needed something I could do one-handed. He really texturized my hair out and cut it a bit shorter. He then dried my hair left-handed to make sure I could do it that way. For the hair gel, he showed me how to squeeze a bit out onto my counter so I could spread it well over my good hand for styling. I then just used a wipe to clean the counter.
For dressing, I used large t-shirts directly after surgery. I found a good front-hook bra that worked well for me when I went back to work. Doing my pants up was a bit of a problem. I was fairly limited in my work pants since most had buttons that were hard to do. At home, sweats and yoga pants were my choice. I think summer clothing would probably be easier than finding stuff in the middle of the winter. None of my winter coats had a sleeve big enough to go over the cast. I wore vests, but it can get quite cold here and I froze part of the time just doing general running around for work and errands.
What kind of symptoms or injury do you have that warrants your doc recommending the surgery?
Hi ya I'm doin ok I think. Got to go back to my consultant next month which will hopefully be for the last time.
Found abit hard at first but it was surprising afterwards wat I cud and cudnt do. It helped that my hubby did things for me that I cudnt do. My wrist has started cracking again so will talk to him about that. Other then that i do feel the plate even when getting in bed and has only really hurt a couple of times.
You'll be fine what hospital you havin it done at.
Has anyone out there had a successful ulnar shortening experience? Looking back, would you have the surgery again? Was it worth it?
Currently, I have a positive ulnar variance. In the last year, I've sprained my wrist 3 times. My orthopedic hand specialist is recommending ulnar shortening to help prevent future injuries and further long term problems. Right now, I have strength and movement in my wrist, but I'm having pain with gripping motions since my sprain 4 1/2 months ago still hasn't fully healed. I'm looking at arthroscopic surgery for that, but the doctor wants to do the shortening during the same surgery. I have to decide whether or not to have the procedure.
Hello,I had this surgery on my right arm 18 years ago,I am glad it lasted so long.I am a Barber and now I have loss alot of use in my hand and arm ,the pins are coming out due to an auto accident and I'm having a problem finding a Dr.to fix this issue.Think about the long term effects and your age before doing so,the procedure healed well and I may not of had any problems.I am guessing that the auto accident is what has caused my problems.My arm was fine until the accident.
The following user gives a hug of support to MGbarber43: MountainReader (07-13-2012)
Welcome to HealthBoards. I'm sorry to hear about your struggles and your accident. I'm in the process of looking for someone for a 3rd opinion. My Ulnar Osteotomy appears to be successful, but it didn't actually solve my original problem.
You should be able to get the hardware removed if you request it. Your bone should be long healed by now. I asked my orthopedic doc about it before surgery and he said if I ever needed to it was an option. It sounds like you may have some sort of additional injury as well. I wish you well in finding a good specialist. It is hard to find good hand/wrist specialists.