Ask Trevor CHT: Preparing for wrist surgery?

Ask Trevor CHT: Preparing for wrist surgery?

Trevor Petrie - Chief Medical Officer
2 minute read

Andrea asks:

"I'm having surgery on my wrist soon. Any tips to help me prepare?

Certified Hand Therapist Trevor Petrie says:

"I'd say the thing that people are caught off guard by is the length of recovery from a surgery like this. Depending on the surgery (usually a ligament reconstruction or a partial carpal fusion) it could be up to a year before you know what "100%" looks like. 

Peak scar formation is usually about 6 weeks out from surgery so this period of time can sometimes be extremely frustrating since your body is dumping scar which then sticks to everything and then tightens up so every morning might feel like starting over to get moving. This is totally normal and you just need to stick with your home exercise program. You should be able to do most of your daily light activities with minimal difficulty anywhere from 8 to 12 weeks after surgery but everyone's recovery looks a little different. 

The healthier everything is going into surgery, the better recovery will go. Keep your fingers moving as much as you can, both before and after surgery. Make sure your shoulder keeps moving too. 

Shoulder impingements and frozen shoulder can be fairly common since your not using the operated hands to grab things overhead or far away from your body. Hopefully, all this isn't too overwhelming but I commonly get patients that come out of surgery feeling like everything is "fixed" without realizing most of the work comes in the first 8-10 weeks after surgery. 

Don't be afraid to ask questions!"

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