As some of you may know I had a lunate revascularization in my left wrist 2 years ago to tread my KD (Kienbock’s Disease). I keep receiving questions and enquiries from you guys suffering from KD and facing similar dilemmas so I will try and address some of the recent ones here. To read more about my story and recovery click here.
Ok, so let’s move on to some actual questions from my readers.
Question 1 from Emily
I am going to get this surgery in a month. I am only 19 years old but very very active and love to lift weights. I was also misdiagnosed and now my wrist is in stage 4. I am nervous. Was there anything that was super scary for you?
Of course I was scared. It sounded and looked quite terrifying – the 15 cm scar, the piece of bone being removed – sounds a bit much, right? All that with just a nerve block and without general anaesthetic? Needless to say it really wasn’t that bad. I received a benzodiazepine pill around 30 minutes before the surgery to calm me down and once on the operating table I got more IV sedatives – I actually felt quite awesome then drifted off. The nerve block injection in the armpit wasn’t pleasant but I was too high on the meds to care and it took like a second. I woke up a few times during the almost 3 hour surgery but got more sedative and drifted back off. The 24h after were the most painful in the wound as I had it packed and there was some extra pressure. After the first appointment, when the packing was pulled out, it barely hurt at all.
Before the diagnosis I aspired to one day compete in a figure competition so working out is important to me too. Also it is my passion, my therapy and my job! The good news is, it has been 2 years and I am now a fitness instructor and I have made more progress in the gym than ever before. I have used different tools to spare my wrist as much as possible such as the isolator and of course working my legs, abs, cardio etc. My advice is be careful, creative and reasonable.
Question 2 from Derek
Hi there, my names Derek and I was diagnosed with kienblocks disease 3 months ago. In two weeks I’m having a bone graft done as well. My doctors have been reluctant to give me much of a timetable for recovery, and I understand thats probably because it all depends on how my body responds. But maybe since you’ve been thru this you could give me an idea of what I’m getting into? For instance, how long were you out of work? I do construction so I need my hands a lot thruout the day. And how long until you were able to lift weights again? I’m an avid gym goer as well so knowing I’ll be out of it for a while is really bumming me out. So if you could give me any information at all or some advice it would mean the world. From what I understand this is a very rare condition so finding anyone with much information has been very stressful and discouraging. Thank you very much
It is certainly hard for doctors to say. It can work, not work at all or simply come back even after many years. But yes, a lot is up to you. That’s why I recommend making a conscious effort to give your wrist the best shot at full recovery. Eat well, sleep well and a lot, rest, try supporting the healing with ultrasound therapy (ask your doctor, I used Exogen). Meditation and exercise are also great as long as you make sure your arm is safe. I started riding an exercise bike around 4 days after the surgery and went to the gym for a light leg day around 2 weeks later. But don’t worry about lifting too early on, just make yourself well. I had an office job at the time and spent 6 weeks off, the doctor said it usually calls for up to 3 months depending on the individual and the job indeed.
Question 3 from Vinod
Hello, Vinod from India here, diagnosed with AVN of lunate bone 3rd stage. Doctor recommend for 1. Vascularized bone grafting 2. Tfcc repair 3.radius shortening. Will it be cured, if I go for surgery? Some doctors say the surgery success ratio is very low. Should I go for surgery? Give me your opinion what to do…
Firstly, guys ALWAYS listen to qualified doctors rather than internet advice. I cannot advise you what to do but there is treatment available for it so USE IT! If you are unsure, seek second or third opinions. Be hopeful and abide by the docs’ orders and I’m sure you’ll get better!