What to Expect With a Wrist Fusion

Commonly used as a treatment for arthritis in the wrist, a wrist fusion is a surgical procedure that involves joining the bones of the wrist together. This allows the bones to form and grow into one solid bone, which can help eliminate pain since the bones are no longer rubbing against each other.

During the recovery period after a wrist fusion surgery, it is very important to make sure that you are following all of your doctor’s instructions as well as taking proper care of the surgery site. Your arm will be placed in a splint following surgery, which is used to help protect the surgery site as well as decrease the swelling. Additionally, your doctor will prescribe you a form of pain medication to help manage the pain during your recovery.

It is crucial that you avoid using your splinted arm for the first six weeks following your procedure. This will allow the tissues in your arm time to heal. Until your sutures have been removed and/or you have been advised by your doctor or physical therapist, do not lift anything heavier than a pencil.

As you continue to recover and once your sutures have been removed, you will typically start physical therapy. A physical therapist will teach you exercises that will lessen the scarring around the incision site, improve the range of motion in your fingers and hand, and help you increase your hand and arm strength.

For more information on wrist fusion or if you are experiencing wrist pain, request an appointment online with one of our wrist specialists at The Hand & Upper Extremity Center of Georgia or call (404) 255-0226.