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    Old 07-26-2013, 02:45 PM   #1
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    Non-Unions after ulnar osteotomies for ulnar impaction syndrome

    I have had a TERRIBLE experience with my ulnar shortenings. Don't be quick to do them!

    I had Kienbock's in my R wrist in Dec 2012 and my lunate bone graft has done super. When we moved to the bay area from Dallas, I got a referral for a new surgeon who diagnosed me with ulnar impaction syndrome in the left wrist. Later, in the R wrist.

    I had my first ulnar shortening in October(L) and my second(R) in February. In March, the plate in the L arm came loose and the healed bone, unhealed. The plate was removed in April. The R arm never healed. I've been in a cast (L) and a brace (R) ever since.

    I did change surgeons however! I found out that the original surgeon put the bone stimulator port on the wrong place in the L cast! My new doctor also questioned why he'd done them in the first place. I also had a bone specialist MD check my bone density and hormones, etc -- I'm just fine.

    I am seeing my arm specialist on August 5. Has anyone else had a surgeon that was quick to operate??? Or non-unions?

    Thanks so much.

     
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    Old 07-26-2013, 08:17 PM   #2
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    Re: Non-Unions after ulnar osteotomies for ulnar impaction syndrome

    I'm sorry to hear that you have gone through so much.

    I ended up being referred for ulnar osteotomy surgery after my first visit to a orthopedic wrist specialist. I'd seen a couple other docs, worn splints, done PT, etc... to address my wrist pain for almost a year before my visit with him though. My osteotomy healed well, but my wrist pain persisted. Turns out I needed some debridement too. Unfortunately, my plate came loose as well. I developed a cyst at the end of the plate. My original surgery was in February and I had it removed in November by another surgeon (second opinion) when I had arthroscopic surgery as well. Fortunately, my bone had healed well so the plate removal went well.

    My surgeon did talk about the possibility of non-union. I agreed to the surgery, but really didn't worry about non-union. I guess even though it is a possibility you just think it won't happen to you.

    Do the doctors have any idea at all as to why you aren't healing well? Are they going to reposition your bone stimulator?

    I hope your August 5 appointment goes well.
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