Had my pre op assessment today and am having the wrist replacement surgery on 7th June.
Had a long chat with the ortho surgeon and he explained in more detail what to expect. I had gone there with lots of questions so it was good he took the time to go over it all with me.
Over and above doing the wrist replacement he said he will be 're-aligning' the other bones in the hand and taking tendons from one side and putting them on the other side to 'balance' things up (similar to wheel alignment he tells me).
He also said that I need an extra 'bit' (technical this eh?
) of hardware for the joint between the radius and the ulnar as that is badly eroded too.....reassuringly (not) he said he has not performed a total wrist replacement with this additional radio/ulnar prosthesis and neither has anyone else in his team....... so he's
looking forward to doing it. :shock:
the wrist replacement is prone to dislocation but there is a new prosthesis which they hope (and me!) will have a better success rate. It's a delicate op due to the structures in the hand and will need splinting for several weeks/ months as there is little muscle to hold it all in place while it heals.
we covered the usual things that could happen and what he could do if they did. :roll:
can't say I don't know now what to expect can I?.....and after all that I was still happy to sign the permission!
Iris x (guinea pig)