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Preparing for Wrist Surgery

Preparing for Wrist Surgery

Your wrists allow you to have full movement of your hands. Within your wrist, you have ligaments that help provide stability in movement.

If you injure these ligaments, you may loose normal mobility and may also experience pain and swelling. Healthy wrists and hands are vital to an active lifestyle.

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Step 2 Preparing for Surgery

Part of the preparation process is understanding the risks of undergoing surgery and the process for recovery. Your physician will explain these risks, as well as the steps you need to take prior to your surgery, such as:

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery.
  • Advise your physician of any prescription and/or over-the-counter medication you are taking
  • Clarify anything you do not understand about the surgery and/or recovery process. Although a little
  • pre-surgical anxiety is normal, asking questions will help to ease your tension.
  • Make necessary arrangements for getting to/from the physician's operation facility.
Step 3 Day of Surgery

On the day of surgery, you will be asked to arrive at the hospital early to prepare for your surgery. Once in the surgery room, the anesthesiologist will administer anesthesia so that you will be asleep during the procedure. Once you are asleep, your surgeon will make several incisions in your wrist and proceed to make necessary repairs. Once the surgeon is finished, the anesthesiologist will revive you and you will be transferred to a recovery room.

Step 4 During Surgery

With just a few, small incisions, your surgeon will cut the transverse carpal ligament and relieve pressure on the median nerve. The procedure is normally done as outpatient surgery and takes approximately 30-60 minutes.

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