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    Old 05-13-2015, 07:35 PM   #1
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    wrist arthroscopy recovery?


    I have wrist arthroscopy coming up in a couple of weeks for a suspected scapholunate ligament tear. I wondered if anybody on here has had a ligament repaired (debrieded, not reconstructed) and if so, how bad was the recovery? I doubt I have a complete tear that would require reconstruction because the bones are still perfectly aligned but the MRI did show some tearing, just not sure how much.

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    Re: wrist arthroscopy recovery?

    I had one a couple years ago on my dominant hand/wrist. They were looking for a UT split tear, but just found tons of inflammation and debris. The surgeon made 4 small incisions on the top of my hand. I'm the only one who notices them now. My problems were with the ulnar side of the wrist. The debridement really helped considerably. I've had 3 wrist surgeries. This one was by far one of the easiest. I had a heavier wrap bandage and then went to the brace for a bit. I had several weeks of PT, but it wasn't too bad either. Make sure you ask about it though. The manual PT work helps minimize the internal scar tissue adhesions as well as helping with the ROM stuff. Nice not needing a cast with this surgery.

    I do recommend using a lot of ice and keeping the wrist elevated for a couple days. I found my kitchen ninja was great at making 'snow' from the ice which allowed it to wrap well around the wrist. I've since discovered the medical 'polar cubes'. Next time I have another wrist surgery, I will ask for a wrist wrap to go with it. Pillows make great props to help with the elevation.

    Good luck.
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