First op 5/6 years ago to stabalize a subluxation of the ecu tendon in my right wrist. Pure tissue repair... didn't take.
Second op approx two years ago, this time using three metal bone sutures to stengthen te pinning in of my tendon, additionally deepening the groove for the tendon to run through.
Approx one year ago..I began to get alot of pain around the site, I pursued it this year at the earliest convenience.
MRI of right wrist showing inflamation which led on to an USS guided steroid injection into the tendon sheath.
The injection didn't really help and I revisited the consultant who opted to perform exporative surgery as there was some subluxation on suplination..which shouldn't have been occuring and due to the pain.
A week after this I went to site down on my couch, hands to either side of myself to ease myself down..I felt a snap.
It would appear that a sharp boney growth had occurred over the suture sites which is believed to be the cause of the complete rupture, for all intensive purposes lacerated.
Tendon closest to the base of my 5th metacarpal was curled up, with the other section healed into old scar tissue. I have fibrosed muscle and no suitable site to support a tendon graft. The tendon has been removed to a bit and the other end down to the fourth compartment.
I'm 30 years old, this wasn't expected by the surgeon or me, and was too groggy when he was talking to me to be coherent enough in questioning him. I have alot of respect for this guy,and all I remember was him looking tired and a little defeated... he performed the previous ops.
I'm not unfamiliar with medical terminology, or health problems, however this wrist issue is unchartered for me and there isn't a great deal of medical information available with regards to the complete rupture of the ecu. Generally a graft is possible for most people as it can be a first injury and I have only been able to pinpoint teh problem in tennis players.. with this precise issue pretty much prohibiting competition level play.
Chast...thanks..already had a look but..nothing specific.. :/
Looks like it's been a few years since your ecu tendon removal surgery. My surgeon is suggesting the same surgery. Can I ask you what your experience has been in terms of loss of function? Also, do you think your surrounding tendons are at higher risk of injury because they are overworked due to the lack of an adjoining tendon? Thanks so much!
You wouldn't happen to be int he Southwest are you?!
A couple of years own the line, I guess the only real difference I've noticed is fatigue. The wrist wears downs and aches quicker if I am using it alot or for example I am painting, sawing etc. Much faster than expected. I can live with it and have started pressups in the last year which my wrist can take and I've done to strengthen the other tendons.
All things being well it's okay.
The nerve damage is more of an annoyance if I'm honest!
Thank you SO much for your reply!! This means so much to me to hear from someone who has had the surgery performed. As you noticed, there's basically no information on the internet about this.
I'm in California... so the Southwest part of the America.
Would you mind if I asked a few more questions? I would be so very appreciative if you could offer your expertise!!
-What was the recovery from surgery like? -Did you do therapy and strengthening exercises with a therapist post surgery? -Were you physically unable to do pressups until recently (i.e. it took two years to regain the strength to be ale to do them)? -Do you think that with strengthening exercises, you can eventually regain something close to your former strength and endurance? -Did the ulnar nerve damage occur from surgery? I assume this is the ulnar sensory nerve? What are those symptoms like?
Again, THANK YOU so very much Jaypauluk. I can't tell you how much your experience means to me.
Last Edit: Jan 18, 2017 9:28:07 GMT -6 by charles78
Thank you again for your reply to my first question. I really appreciate it. If you do have a few more minutes to elaborate on a few other questions I posted above, I would be very grateful! Again, thanks so much.