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What potential complications are associated with wrist reconstructive surgery?

As with any surgery, this procedure may involve some potential risks and complications. Your doctor will make sure you understand them all before you decide to undergo wrist reconstructive surgery.

If you’re generally healthy, the risk of a serious complication from wrist surgery is very small. But although every possible measure is taken to prevent complications, in a few cases they may occur. Complications may include:

  • Infections
  • Contracture
  • Soft tissue imbalance
  • Tendon rupture

If you notice any troubling signs, including increased pain, redness, the affected area feeling warmer than usual or an unpleasant smell, it’s important to speak to your doctor immediately for antibiotic treatment.

After wrist surgery, some people may present swelling and stiffness, but physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and hand therapists can help with exercises and other advice.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/