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how long does it take to recover from wrist fracture operation?

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Dr. Eon Shin
Dr. Eon Shin answered
Hand Surgery 20 years experience
2-3 months: Exercises can be started several days or several weeks after surgery. For the most part, the wrist becomes functional at 2-3 months following surgery. However, it is common to experience persistent stiffness and mild discomfort up to 6-12 months.
Dr. Otto Placik
Plastic Surgery 34 years experience
Wrist operation.: This depends on your health and the specific bone as well as the reduction achieved. In optimal conditions this is 6-8 weeks but it can take significantly longer in the range of 14 weeks.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How long after a wrist fracture operation will my wrist return to normal?

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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
3-6 months or more: After surgery, motion is usually restricted for about 6 weeks. Once range of motion is restored, strengthening can begin. Pain, stiffness, and weakness may persist for several months post-op. Increased activity may also lead to pain and swelling. Ice, elevation and nsaid's are good treatments for post-op symptoms. Occasionally, therapy is needed to achieve maximum improvement.
A 48-year-old member asked:

For how long does it take before wrist fracture operation returns to normal?

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Dr. Steven Brown
Hand Surgery 39 years experience
Variable: Typically acute swelling and pain resolves over 4-6 weeks. Reactive swelling and discomfort can persist for 4 months. Final end point in terms of return to "normal" is usually 8-12 months. These are typical time frames and there is a degree of variability based on use, type of fracture, and other medical problems.

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