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I started this blog because I needed a proximal row carpectomy and I could not find any further information other than how the operation is performed and statistical results of the operation. I had many questions that were left unanswered. For example, how much pain will I have during the operation, after the operation and how long will it take to heal? When could I start using my hand and more importantly my fingers? Would I be able to ride my motorcycle again? And if yes how soon?

I searched blogs, Bing and Google and could not find any answers to these questions. Of course I could find out what was involved in the operation and during operation including all those gory videos intended for surgeons and horror movie fans. So I decided to start a blog to log events and I urge anyone else who has had a proximal row carpectomy to add their comments or ask their questions to this blog so that it may help others. Additionally please share your experiences as well!

There may be some grammar errors since I’m using Dragon Naturally Speaking software to dictate the entries rather than typing. I hope to catch most of them.

266 Comments
  1. Gina Leffert Paige permalink

    I am 1 weeks post PRC and have 30 degrees movement and meet all ther goals in therapy. 65 degrees is my goal and I hope to meet that soon. But my wrist is pain free. I am 47 yrs old.

  2. Shawn permalink

    I’m 48 and had injuries to both hands several years ago. Had multiple reconstructive surgeries on both. Finally went for the proximal row carpectomy on my left hand two years ago. Range of motion sucked because I didn’t have much cartilage left. I maxed at 20 degrees and had constant pain for a year. This past year the pain has decreased but still very weak. I don’t even attempt to open a door using my left hand. Using a computer is ok and carrying light bags is ok as long as the wrist is straight down towards the ground. However going to finally fuse the left wrist probably this year. Going to shoot for a joint replacement of my right wrist in about a year. Been consulting with the two primary surgeons in the US who regularly perform this procedure.

  3. Thats brilliant wish it was me well just have to keep at it well done

  4. Thats bad shit man sorry to hear that

  5. Megan Dalton permalink

    I am 32 years old and was diagnosed with Keinbock’s disease about a year and a half ago after experiencing pain for over three years. I would have had the PRC done sooner but I was pregnant. I just had this done yesterday and was given a nerve block for the pain. 15 hours later, I am starting to regain feeling, and it is extremely painful. I normally have a very high pain tolerance and will rarely ever take medications for pain, but this definitely requires it. I assume that the severe pain will hopefully go away within a few days but any advice is appreciated. I have a five-month-old and 23-month-old at home that I was expecting to take care of while I am off of work. As I’m laying here I am wondering how in the world I am going to change diapers and take care of babies when my hand/arm hurts this badly. I am now wondering if I should send them to the sitter for a few days while my husband is at work. Does anyone know when I should be able to resume semi-normal functions using my hand and at least be able to pick up my babies and change their diapers?

    • CarolLynn permalink

      I just had the procedure on March 22,2017. I too can tolerate pain and this is horrible pain. My fingers are not swollen but the whole wrist is sore. I ham icing constantly and keep it elevated. No idea how you would take care of children…I can’t even turn the toothpaste cap!

      I am having this “popping” or clicking but I’m not sure what it is. It was frustrating there was not much info online. I go for my checkup in a few days…hoping it’s all normal.

  6. Stephen woodward permalink

    6 months i had it done and just getting right the worse opp ever the only thing good about this is i dont have any pain now but wrist isnt as strong and limited movement i know what you mean about the toothpaste my hand went the size of a elephants foot and black and blue hopeing to start back work next week on light duties and the lady with the children i feel sorry for you really do need help for the first 3 months hope you all get well x

  7. Lisa M permalink

    I had my PRC about 6 years ago, when i was 41. It was after a failed arterial bone graft (some call it a vascular bone graft). I thought the surgery was pretty easy compared to some other surgeries I’ve had. I did P.T./O.T. (never thought trying to pick up small beans could be so hard). I was very pleased with the outcome as far as ROM is concerned, couldn’t tell any bones were removed but on another note, I’ve had pain in that wrist often. Just an achy pain that never really goes away. I’m very happy with my PRC, as i can do everything and would rather deal with the inconvenience of a little pain rather than forfeiting ROM. Best wishes for everyone that needs a PRC!!

  8. Jennifer Tombow permalink

    . I am 41 years old had proximal row carpectomy surgery a week ago. I have 4 Kids and had a carpal tunnel surgery on both wrists at the same time 7 weeks ago had no pain at all from that.never expected this surgery to be so painful I can’t even believe the amount of pain I almost would rather go through childbirth. I had stage 4 vascular necrosis and had not been able to move my wrist for about six months I go to the doctor tomorrow for my post-op appointment praying all is healing the way it’s supposed to be.

  9. Gina Leffert Paige permalink

    I also had stage 4 avascular necrosis due to Kienbocks. My wrist was virtually frozen. I had a PRC, removal of my radial styloid and shortening of my radius. My ortho used a nerve block before my surgery, and I never had any pain. Now while my wrist get stiff, I am pain free and have recovered a large amount of movement. My surgery was 5 months ago now, and I developed dupuytrens contractures but I am so glad I had the surgery.

  10. Dillon Pyron permalink

    I’m 9 years post FOOSH (spent my entire vacation on Maui in bilateral casts). My wrists have hurt on and off for about five years but my right went downhill late last year. I finally went to see my orthopedist who gave me a steroid shot. Which lasted four weeks instead of four months.

    Upshot is the surgeon has said that I am the “textbook candidate”. Sixty (happy 61st birthday two days earlier) and the surfaces are still in good shape.

    My surgery is set for July 7. Update later.

  11. Bev permalink

    I’m a 70 yr old patient. I had surgery in January 2017. The first therapy I had was not from a hand therapist. A month ago I started therapy with a hand therapist but my middle finger is still swollen. This past week I used a personally made splint, but it is too big and keeps falling off. I can’t really see any change in the swelling. I know everyone heals at a different rate, but I would really like to see some improvement. I will say the pain now is different from the pain before the surgery. My range of motion has improved somewhat and if the swelling would go down, I’d be satisfied. My therapist doesn’t think it’s necessary to be in touch with my doctor but I’m not so sure about that.

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