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    Old 04-08-2016, 09:01 AM   #1
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    Ulnar Shortening Plate Removal

    Hello! I had my ulna shortened in September 2015, and the plate is causing me all kinds of pain. The whole entire ulnar side of my forearm hurts all the time, and any kind of pressure on the plate makes the pain much worse! My next appointment with the surgeon's office is April 14th, and then we'll discuss the removal of the plate and screws. Also, I have a ganglion cyst that appeared under one of my debridement scars that they may need to remove. AND- there is a ligament on the palmar side of my wrist, just below my pisiform bone that is causing a bit of pain. My doctor said that it's not unusual for it to happen, as it can "stretch" too far after the shortening, but it's not exactly common either. I was just wondering if any one has had experience with this?

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    Old 04-09-2016, 07:16 PM   #2
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    Re: Ulnar Shortening Plate Removal

    I had my Ulnar Osteotomy in March and had the plate removed in November about 3 years ago. Pretty close to where you are in terms of length of time. I had pain in the TFCC area, trouble supinating, and a cyst that developed by the base of the plate towards the elbow. The removal surgery was pretty easy. The surgeon made two one inch incisions at either end of my four inch original incision. I can't tell the difference in my scar. I had the cyst removed at the same time as the plate. I also had TFCC debridement done at the same time. Four small incisions there, barely noticeable now. I left with a wrap bandage I was able to remove after 4 days. Took it easy for a bit and started PT back up for a bit. Quickly regained that lost ROM and the pain diminished as the inflammation finally went down. In my case, the surgery was pretty easy and a definite success.

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    Old 04-28-2016, 11:20 AM   #3
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    Re: Ulnar Shortening Plate Removal

    The doctor doesn't want to do the plate removal surgery for another 3-6 months.
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