What can I expect after my wrist fusion surgery?

After surgery, you will wear an elbow-length cast for about six weeks. This holds the wrist still while the ends of the bones fuse together. Your surgeon will want to check your hand within five to seven days. Stitches will be removed after ten to fourteen days, although most of them will have been absorbed by your body. You may have some discomfort after surgery. Your doctor can give you pain medicine to control the discomfort.

You should keep your hand and wrist elevated above the level of your heart for several days to avoid swelling and throbbing. Keep it propped up on a stack of pillows when sleeping or sitting up.

If you still have pain, or if the stiffness in the joints above or below the wrist doesn't improve, you may need a physical or occupational therapist to direct your recovery program.