How Long Is Recovery From Plate And Screws In Wrist?

How long does it take to recover from distal radius surgery?

Fractures of the distal radius usually need about 4-6 weeks for clinical bone healing, though sometimes it can take longer.

It may take another 6-12 months to regain motion, strength, and function..

What helps with pain after wrist surgery?

Icing your wrist will help reduce swelling and pain. Ice packs can generally be used for about ten minutes at a time, several times a day. Your doctor will be able to give you specific instructions. Compression dressings, such as bands or gloves, can help reduce swelling, and should be used when elevating your wrist.

How long do you stay in hospital after wrist surgery?

You will probably spend one to two nights in hospital, and your arm will be in a splint for up to six weeks. You will need at least two weeks off work after surgery.

What happens after wrist plate surgery?

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. At about 3 months, most patients have regained most of their motion in their hand and wrist as well as strength.

How long does the pain last after wrist surgery?

For some people, it can take between six and twelve months for you to be able to use your hand as normal. Pain and swelling are normal symptoms after surgery. To help manage this we recommend keeping your hand raised above heart level.

How long does it take to fully recover from a broken wrist?

It might take 8 weeks or longer for your wrist to heal. More severe breaks may not fully mend for 6 months. You and your doctor will decide when you are fully recovered. Don’t rush back into your activity too soon.

How long do you have to wear a brace after wrist surgery?

After the surgery, a splint will be placed for two weeks until your first follow-up visit. At that time, the splint will be removed and exchanged with a removable wrist splint. You will have to wear it for four weeks.

How should you sleep after wrist surgery?

Your surgeon might teach you the “hand above elbow, elbow above heart” rule. When sleeping, it may help to use a large mound of pillows, either beside you or on your chest, to keep your hand and wrist in this elevated position.

What should I wear after wrist surgery?

What should I bring/wear the day of surgery? Please wear loose, comfortable clothing such as t-shirts, button down shirts, sweat pants/warm ups or baggy shorts that will fit over bandages or dressing following surgery. Please do not bring valuables or wear jewelry the day of surgery.

How many hours does wrist surgery take?

This typically takes between 12-36 hours. You will not feel pain and you will receive medicine that will make you forget the majority of the surgical procedure.

How long after wrist surgery can I start physical therapy?

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 can I expect to be off work after wrist surgery?

Your return to work depends on your profession and the availability of light duty. Generally, light office work, typing, writing, and using a computer are acceptable even 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. No heavy lifting or forceful gripping with the operative hand is permitted until at least 6 weeks after surgery.