How successful is wrist fusion?
Typically, wrist fusion surgery can relieve wrist pain. More than 90 percent of procedures result in successful joint fusion.
How many years does a wrist fusion last?
“Once healed, your wrist fusion should last forever and usually doesn’t require additional surgery besides possible hardware (plate) removal,” Dr. Dicke said. After six weeks, your cast is removed and replaced with a removable splint to wear another six to eight weeks.
Can you move your wrist after a fusion?
The joints between the ulna and the radius are what allow you to turn the palm of your hand up and down. By not fusing the ulna, you should still be able to rotate your hand. However, you will not be able to bend your wrist after the operation.
What is a total wrist arthrodesis?
Total wrist arthrodesis, also known as wrist fusion is a surgical procedure in which the wrist joint is stabilized or immobilized by fusing the forearm bone (radius) with the small bones of the wrist. Arthrodesis is done to relieve the pain after severe trauma to the wrist.
What is a 4 corner fusion wrist?
Four-corner fusion is a partial fusion technique used in some patients with advanced degenerative change in the wrist. Partial fusion reduces pain from the joint while still preserving some motion (as opposed to a total wrist fusion).
What is a wrist arthrodesis?
Wrist arthrodesis, also known as wrist fusion, is a procedure in which the wrist joint is immobilized by fusing the radius to the carpal bones. It is a procedure used for pain relief purposes in conditions such as advanced wrist arthritis, following wrist fractures, or severe ligament injuries.
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What causes wrist fusion?
The severe arthritis that leads patients to a total wrist fusion can be the result of a number of conditions. Sometimes damage to the wrist ligaments as a young adult sets up changes in wrist biomechanics that lead to progressive arthritis. Sometimes rheumatoid arthritis is the underlying cause.