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    Old 01-05-2015, 04:28 PM   #1
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    I had the ulner shortening surgery on 12/15/14 and its been 3 weeks today 1/5/15. I am still in quite a bit of pain so I take advil for that . my question is since the stitches have been removed my arm has been more sore and its still quite swollen .. is this normal? my incision looks good no ooze or discolor just swollen and puffy.. I have a splint but the Velcro isn't sticking so I only wear it when I am out and about. I have been doing the hand exercises and im tolerating it very well , my surgeon was happy with my Rom.. I am just worried about the incision. will the swelling go down ? will the pain go away ? will I ever have a normal arm again?
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    Re: ulnar Bone shortening osteotomy recovery

    It is interesting how everyone has such different after-surgery plans.

    I was in the plaster splint/cast for 10 days, then transitioned into a hard fiberglass cast for 4 weeks. They didn't start me in with PT until after I was released from wearing a cast.

    I will say that I had to have the fiberglass cast replaced about a week or two after it went on because I was still quite swollen when it went on. So in that respect, I'd say it does take quite a while for the swelling to reduce.

    Also, be careful about not doing too much with your arm/hand for a few more weeks. From how it has been explained to me, it takes about 6 weeks for bone to heal. You had a pretty major procedure done to your arm and you don't want to push too hard. I've had two hand therapists tell me that with many injuries they want you to 'push through the pain', but with wrist PT, they want gentle and easy. There is so much going on in such a small space of that part of the hand/wrist that it is easy to keep things inflamed if you over-do.

    While it is easy to get impatient, what I learned through my journey was that I needed to take it slow and easy and the healing would come.

    It is encouraging to hear your ROM is doing so well. It took me a while to regain my supination past 45 degrees.

    Good healing.
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