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    Old 09-08-2017, 05:04 AM   #1
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    Ulna Osteotomy

    Hello, this is my first time posting here. I'm due to have an ulna osteotomy in a few weeks and I have some questions because I'm getting cold feet. I've been diagnosed with a torn TFCC and ulnar impaction syndrome. They want to remove 7mm of ulna. yes!, that's quite a lot. After reading many posts from others, you all seem to say that you're finally pain free after the surgery. My question is this: Were you in constant pain the whole time? To what degree? I ask this because my wrist only hurts when I do something that irritates it. I've given up tennis but it grinds when I lift weights. Biking, I have to use aero bars to take the weight off it, exercise classes I wear a wrist brace, etc. I dont take NSAIDs daily and I'm not in pain 24/7. Should I be waiting until I am? I asked the doc this and she said she looked at my X-rays and I have cysts on my lunate from the impaction and it will only get worse she said. I need advise on whether or not to continue with having the surgery. Please advise.... thanks

     
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    Old 09-08-2017, 05:49 AM   #2
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    Re: Ulna Osteotomy

    Dear Lindy,

    What I have read about this is 'avoid this barbaric procedure' and stay away from doctors that suggest it. The pain is not because your ulna is 'too long'.

    Allowing that surgery will permanently cripple you, and likely would cause other pain from bone imbalance, and could spread infection to the inside of your bone. There are better ways to deal with infection and pain than to deform your body. I have read that the pain in the wrist is usually stems from tightness in the neck, you may need antibiotics for the cysts.

    Isn't it amazing how the whole body works together? I'm sure if you saw a whole body x-ray that your skeleton is not deformed.

    I hope that you research this further.

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    Old 10-01-2017, 07:13 AM   #3
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    I had a tfcc tear and scapholunate ligament tear following a fall. I also had a positive ulnar variance that I was unaware of...I had an arthroscopic procedure to clean the tfcc area and torn ligament. I developed an instability at the distal radioulnar joint and continued to have ulnar sided pain (anytime my palm was turned down and gripping which would include pushing a grocery cart). I ended up having an ulnar shortening osteotomy approximately 5 months after the initial surgery. It ended up being the best surgery I had. Between my initial surgery Sept 2015 and the next one in March 2016, I had continued to have ulnar sided pain, decreased grip strength and limited function. I had to quit yoga, riding my bike, and had pain with gripping activities. At the second surgery, I had created divots in the ulna and lunate (not there at the initial surgery). I only had 2 mm removed, and it made a significant improvement. Once recovered, I no longer have any ulnar sided pain, the druj was stabilized, and I returned to whichever activities I wanted. It sounds like you have had to quit activities you enjoy. I would do the surgery again if I were in your place.

     
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    Old 10-14-2017, 09:30 PM   #4
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    Re: Ulna Osteotomy

    I have learned that second opinions can be helpful if you don't feel confident in what a doctor is recommending. it took me 4 hand specialists to figure out my ulnar side issues.

    I had an Ulnar Osteotomy about 3/4 years ago. This was after over a year of ulnar side pain that I couldn't get resolved. I actually had the same pain after surgery and became worried. Turns out my plate had come loose. Once I had it removed, I quickly returned back to normal. Something I hadn't had in over a year and a half. Today, I haven't had that ulnar pain return yet.

    If you had the surgery, I hope you are doing well.
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    Old 10-16-2017, 09:17 PM   #5
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    My husband is due to have the ulnar shortening procedure next Friday and we are hoping for a really good outcome so he can return to a near normal life and get back to work. He has been out of work for 6 months following a quad accident. He suffered a Essex Lopresti injury to his left arm.

     
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    Old 10-19-2017, 06:46 AM   #6
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    So your surgery has been successful? My husband is due to have this procedure next Friday and we are hoping for great results because he has already been out of work for 6 months

     
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    Old 10-20-2017, 11:08 PM   #7
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    Re: Ulna Osteotomy

    The healing took a bit extra time in my case, but I have been pain free for several years after well over a year in pain prior to surgery.
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