How long do pins stay in broken wrist?
The pins are attached to a metal frame called a fixater. The pins and frame are removed in the clinic around 4-8 weeks after the fracture. Recovery from Wrist Fractures: No matter what method is used to treat the break, the bone takes the same amount of time to heal, usually 1-2 months.
How are pins removed after wrist surgery?
Percutaneous fixation involves the placement of pins under general anesthetic in the operating room. The wrist is then placed in a cast. Once healing is complete, the pins are removed. This method is especially successful when the fracture is to one of the small bones in the wrist.
How long does stiffness last after wrist surgery?
After the cast is removed, it’s normal for the wrist to be stiff for 1 to 2 months. For some patients—such as those who are older, have osteoarthritis, or were victims of a high energy break such as from a car accident— this stiffness may last up to 2 years.
How long does wrist surgery take to heal?
Depending on the type of wrist surgery you get done, your recovery can be anywhere from 4 – 12 weeks. Most patients are able to heal in about a month and can begin rehabilitation soon after. During the healing period, you should wear appropriate casts or braces as directed by your surgeon.
Is it painful to have pins removed?
Although patients may be anxious or cry, it is not a painful procedure, so they need not be scared. We usually place an Ace wrap over the pin sites, which can be replaced with a bandage the next day.
Do you need physical therapy after broken wrist?
Distal radius fractures—as these injuries are called—are often serious and may require surgery, but regardless of what treatment is needed, physical therapy will be essential to ensure that you have a complete recovery.
What can you not do after wrist surgery?
Do not do any weight-lifting or strengthening exercises without talking with your surgeon or occupational therapist. Most patients will be able to perform most activities of daily living at about 6 weeks but with residual stiffness, with recovery of about 50% of their normal wrist motion.
What happens after hand surgery with pins?
You may have numbness or weakness in your hand from surgery. After surgery, you may have pain, tightness, or your hand may not work as well as it did before your injury. Screws, nails, or pins used during your surgery may come loose, and you may need another surgery. You may get an infection.
Should I move my fingers after wrist surgery?
To help your recovery, keep your fingers moving. Make sure you can make a fist with your fingers and completely straighten them. Make sure you can move your thumb across your hand towards your pinky finger and fully straighten it.
When should I start physical therapy after wrist surgery?
In most cases, physical therapy needs to wait until your cast is removed—typically around the six-week mark. If the healing process is going well, your physical therapist may introduce more aggressive therapeutic exercises.
How long does stiffness last after hand surgery?
A bad injury or major surgery will make your hand stiff. It usually takes about 6 months to really loosen up scar tissue.