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    Old 04-12-2014, 02:36 PM   #1
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    left wrist radial shortening osteotomy

    having wrist surgery on Friday and was wondering how bad the pain will be and if the medication will work. Left wrist shortening osteotomy

     
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    Old 04-13-2014, 02:11 PM   #2
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    Re: left wrist radial shortening osteotomy

    I didn't have the radial shortening, but I did have an ulnar osteotomy.

    Basically, by taking a slice out of the wrist and plating it back together, it has to heal like a broken bone. It does hurt, but nothing unbearable. Immediately after the surgery, I made a point to take the pain medication they gave me on a regular schedule. It helped keep the medication from completely wearing off and the more intense pain from setting in. I also kept ice on it regularly... about 20-30 minutes every 2 hours. I crushed the ice up in my Ninja until it was snow fine and put it in the long ice pack they gave me in the hospital that tied around my cast. Icing does help, but you need to keep it on longer since it has to go through the layers of bandage/cast that you will have on. Also, you will need to keep your hand elevated high. It helps keep the swelling down. I used a bunch of pillows. I actually saw a post from someone on these boards years ago who had a floor lamp next to his chair. He formed a sling/loop off of the lamp that provided him support to help with the elevation.

    Once the initial pain subsides, the pain is much better unless you do something stupid like bumping the arm. I did find that when I went in for my 2 week post-op and switched from the plaster cast to fiberglass one, it hurt more for a couple days. Again, it did get better. I just took an extra day of pain killers.

    Good luck with your surgery.
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