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Old 05-12-2018, 12:25 PM   #1
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Ulnar Osteotomy Shortening

Hi! In April 2017 I han an Ulnar Osteotomy Shortening on my right wrist. It took a full 6 months to heal. Since my surgery I have very limited use of my thumb. I have had 2 nerve studies done and the results were very close to normal. I am now experiencing pain in my thumb and wrist. Has anyone else experienced this?

 
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Old 05-13-2018, 09:15 PM   #2
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Re: Ulnar Osteotomy Shortening

I have not had this surgery yet, however I studied about the ulna shortening and this particular surgery off loads the ulnar side of the wrist and "overloads" the radial side, depending on how much ulna was taken out (no more than 3 mm recommended to be taken out). What do you mean by limited use of thumb? and where is the wrist pain now??

 
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Old 05-14-2018, 08:50 AM   #3
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Thanks for your response! I had 2.5 mm removed from my ulna bone on my right arm. As far as my thumb, if I place my right hand palm side down, I cannot lift my thumb up, off of the table. I can extend it out and in, but not up. I cannot stretch my thumb out as if I were "hitch hiking". The pain is at the base of my thumb into the wrist and moves up my arm about midway between my wrist and elbow.

 
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Old 05-14-2018, 05:32 PM   #4
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Re: Ulnar Osteotomy Shortening

I had an appointment with the hand surgeon today to discuss the surgery and I asked him about thumb pain and wrist pain after ulnar shortening. He said he didn't know why there would be a thumb pain after ulna shortening, he said there shouldn't be pain and also said there maybe some other underlying condition of the radial joint. Do you still have the plate in? you may want to consider removing the plate.

 
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Old 05-15-2018, 05:52 AM   #5
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I am in the process of getting a second opinion from another surgeon. I do still have the plate in. I will be sure to post what I find out. Thank you!

 
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