Originally Posted by mrkyak
Any kayakers out there that have had a proximal row carpectomy. Mime was completed a week ago on the right wrist. After many years of arthritic pain my surgeon buddy, also a world class kayaker, says it was the best alternative. I wondering how future boating will be, if at all?
The procedure removes three bones from your wrist. Maybe hand paddles will be easier with out having to deal with rotating a paddle shaft.
After 21years of boating I don't think I could rewire my brain to adapt to a zero degree offset paddle. Not to mention the bowling alley at my house probably won't be getting much use by me for awhile, woo is me.
Wow. The "PRC" is a pretty substantial alteration. I broke my scaphoid and had some osteoarthritis in the adjacent joints; one doc wanted to do the PRC on me, no thanks; so another doc did an STT-fusion on my left wrist instead. Went back to paddling no problem pretty quickly, but I definitely only like AT and Werner bent-shafts with 30deg or less feather now. Using my straight-shaft 45deg feather breakdown drives me crazy, so I try really hard not to lose or break my paddle anymore.......yeah, lmao.
With that said, a carpenter friend of mine had the PRC done to both wrists, six months apart. He is permanently unable to return to carpentry (impacts & vibration of power tools kills him), but he can paddle an IK and row a lightly loaded raft (even reasonable loads on multi-day trips). Another guy I talked to that had the PRC done to both wrists (motorcycle wrecks, bone spurs, arthritis) says it was the best thing he ever did (at 63yrs of age, tho). He says he can do 2-3 minute full handstands in yoga, still rides a dirtbike, and he is one of the more prominent stand-up paddleboard fanatics here on the Snake. He might not be a Class V kayaker, but he is still getting after it in a lot of other ways. He said getting back to yoga was key, as well as just being religious about the flexibility/strength rehab. I would say it will take time, and work, but you ought to be able to return to paddling pretty hard.