Wednesday, August 31, 2016

TFCC Repair


In hospital yesterday having a wrist arthroscopy to repair the tear that happened 3 years ago. Lisfranc injuries and hand injuries often go hand in hand (groan!) because of the saving reflex. Steriod injections and physio hadn't worked, so an operation is where I ended up.

In a nutshell because I currently have no use of my dominant right hand, so typing one handed and it's a slow process!..........


  • Nil by mouth from midnight. Arrive on the Day Surgery Unit at 7am
  • Seen by Registrar, confirm it is the right wrist as some of the notes say left! Tells me can take 6-18 months to get full function back! Sick note for an initial 6 weeks!
  • Then the anesthetist. Offers to do it with a nerve block and sedation rather than full GA. Yay, I hate the woozy feeling after a GA
  • Arrive in theatre. BP 199/99! No-one's worried so I try not too.
  • Guided nerve block delivered. After 40 mins I can still use my hand LOL! So he puts another dose in which does the trick :) BP down to .... 189/96!
  • Awake throughout operation. Refused sedation as it defeated the purpose!
  • Lovely to be able to get feedback from the surgeon before I left the operating theatre
  • Back to the Day Surgery Unit, BP 143/63 :) Discharged 12.30. Five and a half hours from arrival to departure :)
And now the rehabilitation starts .......

8 comments:

  1. I wish you a very speedy recovery!

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  2. That's a long recovery time. But now you can begin.

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    1. That's what I thought when he said that! But will be worth it in the long run to craft, iron, etc without pain :)

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  3. Positive thoughts your way. As a transcriptionist by trade, I know how important both hands are. Thank goodness I have not experienced any problems.

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    1. Thanks Janet! I'm learning to adapt - my husband even says my handwriting is better using my left hand ...... think that's a bit of a back handed compliment lol!

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  4. I can only imagine what a hardship not having the use of your dominant hand must be. Hope it heals fast and you can get back to having two hands on the keys soon.

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    1. Thanks Lee :) Getting there, typing now, but not movements that involve the wrist. Baby steps :)

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