February, 2016 - The first afternoon home from the surgery was not too bad. The meds were kicked in pretty strong and I had very little pain. The toughest thing that day was just the annoyance of having to hold my arm up in the air to keep the swelling down. I did not walk around much as the weight of the cast was enough that I decided to lie down and elevate the arm for the most part. The next day however, things were much different. The wrist area was not really in much pain, but my left shoulder was in some pretty terrible pain. I think it may have been a combination of the way my arm was positioned for the surgery and having to hold the arm and weight of the cast chest high whenever I moved. I had to deal with this for about two weeks until I had the cast removed. It was not the most enjoyable two weeks I have had.
When they removed the large cast, they put me in a much lighter weight splint and that was a huge relief to me. I was a bit surprised at the size of the incision in the wrist and that the doctor also had two smaller ones. Looking at it gave me the sense that I was going to be in for a long road to recovery from there. The wrist felt incredibly stiff, I was really not expecting it to feel quite that tight. The good news is that unless I was trying to take the splint off for showering the surgery itself had relatively low levels of pain.
View only at your own discretion. This is how the surgery looked and was a little shocking to me when they took the big cast off. Also the second picture shows the lighter splint that they initially put me in as well.
Another two weeks later which was one month post-surgery they reduced the size of the splint so that I could bend my elbow. That was another step forward at that point and we also scheduled some physical therapy. I was very excited to start rehabbing the wrist and to get the mobility back.