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Is the triangular fibrocartilage complex repair a risky thing to do?

Is the triangular fibrocartilage complex repair a risky thing to do?

Depends: It depends on the extent of disability and damage in the fibrocartilage itself and who is doing it. ...Read more

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Does it hurt to get a triangular fibrocartilage complex repair done?

Does it hurt to get a triangular fibrocartilage complex repair done?

Somewhat: Alll surgery hurts to one degree or another. Tfcc surgery/repairs are often done arthroscopically which would minimize the pain. Anticipate being immobilized in a splint and taking narcotic meds to control your pain symptoms for a couple of weeks. ...Read more

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Where do I go to get a triangular fibrocartilage complex repair done?

Where do I go to get a triangular fibrocartilage complex repair done?

Hand Surgeon: Typically a hand surgeon does these types of repairs. You should seek out an orthopedic surgeon or plastic surgeon who has done a hand fellowship and can explain the treatment options to you. The repair is usually done arthroscopically. ...Read more

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What is a "triangular fibrocartilage complex injury"?

What is a "triangular fibrocartilage complex injury"?

TFCC: Initial management may include application of a muenster brace to immobilize the wrist and forearm. A cortisone injection may be helpful in conjunction. If symptoms persist, MRI arthrogram may be helpful. If tear is peripheral, wrist scope and repair. If tear is central, wrist scope and debridement. Many times, degenerative tear is associated with longer ulna. Shortening of ulna may be done too. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a triangular fibrocartilage complex tear?

What are the symptoms of a triangular fibrocartilage complex tear?

Size of tfcc tear,: Location, ie in the central avascular part or the vascular periphery, instability, whther is acute (new) or chronic , anatomy differences all come in to play. Smaller acute tears in the periphery, not associated with instability lkely do the best. Therapy may help reduce symptoms and at times corticosteroid injections help too, but if tear is large or the ulna is unstable then may need surgery ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Triangular fibrocartilage complex Injury?

What is the definition or description of: Triangular fibrocartilage complex Injury?

Injury to the tfcc: The triangular fibrocartilage is a small cartilage structure located on the small finger side of the wrist. It is composed of several distinct anatomical structures and is often referred to as the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC). A TFCC injury means an injury to any or all of the distinct anatomical components that make up the TFCC. ...Read more

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Triangular fibrocartilage complex injury?

Triangular fibrocartilage complex injury?

TFCC: Tfcc is a small piece of cartilage in the wrist, at the end of the ulna. Injury is one of the most common causes of ulnar sided wrist pain. If pain has been present for an extended period of time, see a hand surgeon for diagnosis and management. ...Read more

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Why did i get my triangular fibrocartilage complex (tfcc) tear in my wrist?

Why did i get my triangular fibrocartilage complex (tfcc) tear in my wrist?

2 main causes: Trauma such as a fall can cause a peripheral tear or central flap tear. Attrition tears can also occur from repetitive loading and overuse of the wrist. People with an ulnar positive variant (longer ulna than radius) are at greater risk for either type of tear. ...Read more

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How do you treat a tear of the triangular fibrocartilage?

How do you treat a tear of the triangular fibrocartilage?

Surg: This requires a visit to a hand surgeon and surgical repair if the diagnosis is correct and confirmed by mr. ...Read more

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If an MRI reveals an oblique tear through disc proper of triangular fibrocartilage, will playing tennis/ golf do further damage?

If an MRI reveals an oblique tear through disc proper of triangular fibrocartilage, will playing tennis/ golf do further damage?

Yes over time: If you are under 40 the tear is probably from repetitive trauma and will get worse over time with activities that cause ulnar deviation (towards the little finger). If older the tear is probably degenerative and may or may not get worse with use. ...Read more

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MRI of right hand shows perforation of the triangular fibrocartilage and degenerative changes of the triquetrum pisiform joint. Surgery only option?

MRI of right hand shows perforation of the triangular fibrocartilage and degenerative changes of the triquetrum pisiform joint. Surgery only option?

Not necessarily: I don't treat imaging studies but rather the clinical symptoms. Are you having pain in the wrist at times or is the pain continuous in nature? Is this your dominant hand? Also, does your wrist lock up on you or makes painful noises? If there is limited ROM, unbearable pain, and locking of the wrist, then surgery should be considered. Otherwise, consider PT, NSAID, and intrarticular wrist shot ...Read more

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What is the treatment for triangular fibrocartilage complex repair?

What is the treatment for triangular fibrocartilage complex repair?

TFCC: Initial management may include application of a muenster brace to immobilize the wrist and forearm. A cortisone injection may be helpful in conjunction. If symptoms persist, MRI arthrogram may be helpful. If tear is peripheral, wrist scope and repair. If tear is central, wrist scope and debridement. Many times, degenerative tear is associated with longer ulna. Shortening of ulna may be done too. ...Read more

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I've had 3 tfcc repairs to my wrist over the past 6 years. I am having more pain now than ever. Whatdid is my next option?

I've had 3 tfcc repairs to my wrist over the past 6 years. I am having more pain now than ever. Whatdid is my next option?

Another surgeon: If you've had 3 tfcc repairs in the last six years, this is becoming an exercise of futility. I'd recommend seeing another hand surgeon for a second opinion maybe, because a second set of eyes is helpful with picking up subtleties on x-rays as to why you are developing these tears. ...Read more

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Hi, how long does TFCC repair surgery usually take? Thanx

Hi, how long does TFCC repair surgery usually take? 
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Depends: 1-2 hours depends on plan arthroscopic or open debride or repair arthroscopic longer open debridement quick ...Read more

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Hello, how long does arthroscopic assessed TFCC foveal repair surgery usually take?

Hello, how long does arthroscopic assessed TFCC foveal repair surgery usually take?

It varies: Surgery time can be highly variable and depends upon the severity of the injury, what other injuries are identified at the time of the surgery as well as surgeon experience. ...Read more

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When can I return to work after surgery to repair tfcc tear and scapholunate tear? I work in the construction trades.

When can I return to work after surgery to repair tfcc tear and scapholunate tear?  I work in the construction trades.

4-6 months: It takes 6 weeks for the tfcc repair to heal and the scapholunate ligament repair may take 8-12 weeks heal. After the repairs have healed and the immobilization has been discontinued, therapy is needed to restore range of motion and strenght. This may take another 8-12 weeks. Be patient, the overall results are good. Make sure your surgeon is a board certified orthopaedic hand surgeon. ...Read more

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I had a TFCC repair a little over a year ago. Should I be okay to use normal arm crutches? My OT seams to think I might not be ready.

I had a TFCC repair a little over a year ago. Should I be okay to use normal arm crutches? My OT seams to think I might not be ready.

Tfcc repair: Would check with the original surgeon who did your surgery since he/she knows exactly what they did and saw. Make sure you continue home exercises recommended by your therapist. ...Read more