Wrist Surgery Complications Review
What may have started out as a sore wrist is actually a sprained wrist. Depending on how bad it is, you may need surgery. As with any surgery, you may also suffer from wrist surgery complications. You will want to ask your hand surgeon about any wrist surgery complications that you could possibly face.
Most wrist sprains are caused when a person falls and puts their hands out to catch themselves. This can stretch or tear the ligaments. There are many symptoms of a sprained wrist. Some of them include, swelling of the wrist, pain at the time of injury, pain when you move your hand. Some bruising and discoloration may be visible as well. There may also be a popping and tearing feeling in the wrist.
This popping and tearing feeling is similar to trigger finger. If this is happening in your hand and fingers rather than your wrist, you might be in need trigger finger surgery instead of wrist surgery. Trigger finger surgery has many of the same complications as wrist surgery complications.
There are three grades of a sprain. Grade one is mild, being only stretched ligaments in the wrist. The next grade is grade two. This is moderate and is a slight tear in the ligament. The last and most severe grade is grade three. This is when the ligament is completely torn. Many times this will lead to wrist surgery to repair the ligament which could then lead to possible wrist surgery complications.
Some of the wrist surgery complications are infection, nerve injuries, swelling, excessive bleeding or tearing of the tendons. Do your research before you have your surgery. Be sure your surgeon is more than capable. Check with your local medical board and get referrals.
Again, it’s important to be aware of all wrist surgery complications prior to your surgery. You will also want to know what to expect for wrist surgery recovery. Ask about therapy and medications you may need. Don’t be afraid to discuss this with your hand surgeons. That is what they’re there for.