I'm still very happy with the results of the surgery. I no longer have pain in my left wrist, which was the first priority, but I have also regained function that I did not know I had lost. The beginning of the story is in this post about the fusion.
Here's a picture of my right hand when I try to turn it palm up. You can see that I can't make it level, as you would if someone were giving you change.
Now here is the left, after the fusion. Before it was like the right wrist and did not turn palm up. (that motion is called supination) Now I can make it turn almost 90 degrees with my elbow at my waist.
A. McKinnonIt took some work and exercise to regain that range but it was well worth it. An added bonus is that I can type faster now.
I also have copies of the X-rays at the bottom of the post. If you do not like to see X-rays then don't go all the way to the end. Not everyone has an interest in the actual nuts and bolts (only too true) of orthopedic surgery.
This picture shows how well the scar has healed four months later, and a ring splint that I wear for a swan neck finger, in case you are curious about the silver ring.
This hardware did not cause me any trouble at the airport.
Here is the link to the post about the actual surgery