Recovering from Wrist Replacement Surgery
Although the recovery process varies for each patient, here's what you might expect in the days following surgery. Your orthopaedic surgeon, nurses and physical therapists will closely monitor your condition and progress. Wrist patients begin physical therapy soon after waking up from surgery, with your physical therapist helping you move from your hospital bed to a chair. You’ll spend a great deal of time exercising your new joint and continuing deep breathing exercises to prevent lung congestion.

Gradually, your pain medication will be reduced, the IV will be removed, your diet will progress to solids and you will become increasingly mobile. Your physical therapist will also go over exercises to help improve your mobility. Wrist replacement patients will do exercises to tone and strengthen the hand and forearm muscles, as well as fingers movements to pump swelling out of the arm and hand. Depending on your limitations, an occupational therapist may provide instruction on how to use certain devices and how to safely perform daily activities while you heal. It is important to discuss plans for your return home to ensure that you have all the neccessary help to support a successful recovery.
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT WRIST REPLACEMENT

VariAx 2 Wrist Fusion System

Indications: The Stryker VariAx 2 Wrist Fusion System is indicated for wrist arthrodesis and fixation of fractures in patients with wrist arthritis or fractures of other small bones of the carpus. Specific indications include:

  • Post-traumatic arthritis of the joints of the wrist
  • Rheumatoid wrist deformities requiring restoration
  • Complex carpal instability
  • Post-septic arthritis of the wrist
  • Severe unremitting wrist pain related to motion
  • Brachial plexus nerve palsies
  • Tumor resection
  • Spastic deformities

Contra-Indications: The physician’s education, training and professional judgment must be relied upon to choose the most appropriate device and treatment. Conditions presenting an increased risk of failure include:

  • Any active or suspected latent infection or marked local inflammation in or about the affected area
  • Compromised vascularity that would inhibit adequate blood supply to the fracture or the operative site
  • Bone stock compromised by disease, infection or prior implantation that can not provide adequate support and/or fixation of the devices
  • Material sensitivity, documented or suspected
  • Obesity. An overweight or obese patient can produce loads on the implant that can lead to failure of the fixation of the device or to failure of the device itself
  • Patients having inadequate tissue coverage over the operative site
  • Implant utilization that would interfere with anatomical structures or physiological performance
  • Any mental or neuromuscular disorder which would create an unacceptable risk of fixation failure or complications in postoperative care
  • Other medical or surgical conditions which would preclude the potential benefit of surgery
Source: VAX-ST-23


ReMotion Total Wrist System

Indications: The ReMotion Total Wrist System is intended for replacement of the painful wrist joint due to rheumatoid arthritis, osteo-arthritis, or post-traumatic arthritis.

Contraindications: Bone, musculature, tendons, or adjacent soft tissue compromised by disease, infection, or prior implantation, which cannot provide adequate support or fixation for the prosthesis.

  • Known sensitivity to materials used in this device
  • Skeletal Immaturity
Source: V15114

The information presented is for educational purposes only. Stryker is not dispensing medical advice. Please speak to your doctor to decide which type of surgery is right for you. Only your doctor can make the medical judgment which products and treatments are right for your own individual condition. As with any surgery, joint replacement surgery carries certain risks. Your surgeon will explain all the possible complications of the surgery, as well as side effects. Additionally, the lifetime of a joint replacement product is not infinite and varies with each individual. Also, each patient will experience a different post-operative activity level, depending on their own individual clinical factors. Your doctor will help counsel you about how to best maintain your activities in order to potentially prolong the lifetime of the device.

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