Thursday, April 16, 2015

Wrist surgery

I'm writing this now because I have surgery on my wrist this coming Monday. It's not as painful as it was before, but still painful. It's been 7 months since I first went to the doctor about it and 8 months since it started hurting (right after our move). The doctor gave me the option of doing surgery since it hurts about 50% of the time. I had already lined up taking time off work, childcare and just gearing myself up for surgery so we're going to go ahead and do it.

This is an exploratory surgery. She will use a scope to see into my wrist through small incisions around the wrist. We know that it's most likely in the joint (because the last injection I received that worked was in the joint).  She is also going to look at the tendon sheaths if the joint looks fine. I just hope they find something to fix, since I know something isn't right. It shouldn't hurt to pick up my kids, to lift a light weight pan or to go to work.

I'm nervous. I'm still unsure if I'll be awake for the surgery or completely out. I typically get very nauseous after surgery and even throw up. They said they can give me some anti-nausea medicine before surgery if needed. I guess I'll make my decision Monday with the anesthesiologist.

I'll try to update once I'm able to type again. I'm guessing that will be a couple weeks. Until then I'll be typing with one hand or on my phone.

1 comment:

  1. E-Baby,
    Talk to your doctor and ask about the procedure. If you are going to be "put under" there are meds that they can include with the anesthesia that will address post op sickness. I have had the same concern and always make sure that they use the "anti-sick" meds. The last thing I want is to wake up sick. But because they are using a rigid endoscope there may not be the need for anesthesia. It makes for a much more expensive procedure and it they can avoid it they will. There are many things that can be done with the scopes. They can insert and use scalpels, scissors, grabbers and can suture all with a magic scope. So hopefully they will find a minor problem and be able to take care of it while doing the examination. But ask ahead of time about the details of the procedure. My guess is that they may sedate you with some Valium or something else like it and then numb you from the elbow down. I had a little tumor removed from my hand a few years ago and they just numbed my hand and then set up a sheet that blocked my view and then conducted the surgery. Might be just that simple for you too.