Years ago my wrist and hand were smashed in a work accident. I have had lots of rehab and several surgeries. My wrist hurts constantly. I am thinking about having it fused. What do other patients say about the results of this operation?
Studies of long-term results from wrist fusion report the following:
More than half the patients still have some pain
Daily activities require some adaptation
The most difficult things to do are: wiping after toileting, using
hand in small places, cutting food, lifting heavy objects overhead, writing
Grip strength is reduced by 20 percent compared to the other hand
It's worth it to sacrifice wrist motion in order to decrease pain
It would be nice to have an operation that could restore motion
Like you, many patients had numerous operations and therapy before having a wrist fusion. Most were happy with the final results but say there's no substitute for the real thing.
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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