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Wrist FAQ

Question:

After a bad crush injury of my right wrist I had three operations. I'm still left with severe pain. The doctor has suggested a wrist fusion. Do they ever do a partial fusion? I'd like to keep some of my motion.

Answer:

Some surgeons will consider a partial wrist fusion or arthrodesis. Studies show it isn't always a reliable way to get pain relief. It may preserve some motion but patients report that doesn't mean they can use the wrist.

Motions like wiping after going to the bathroom and using the hand in small spaces remain difficult tasks. Other activities such as writing, using a hammer, or lifting objects over the head can also be difficult if not impossible.

Discuss all the pros and cons of partial versus complete wrist fusion with your surgeon before deciding.

Lauren Adey, MD et al. Health Status After Total Wrist Arthrodesis for Posttraumatic Arthritis. In The Journal of Hand Surgery. September 2005. Vol. 30A. No. 5. Pp. 932-936.

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