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Surgical Treatment for Wrist Fractures: A Closer Look

Often a bone is out of alignment so significantly that it cannot be improved with casting techniques alone. This has the potential of interfering with the future function of your arm. In this case, surgery may be required.


There are many ways of performing surgery. Even if the fracture is treated in the operating room, it may be possible to re-align (reduce) the fracture without making an incision (closed reduction). In other cases, it will be necessary to make an incision (open reduction) to directly access the broken bones to improve alignment.


Depending on the fracture, there are a number of options for holding the bone in the correct position, including a cast, metal pins (usually stainless steel or titanium), a plate and screws, an external fixator (a device for which most of the hardware remains outside of the body), or any combination of these techniques. Your surgeon will specifically discuss with you the best treatment option for your fracture.


For specific instructions from your surgeon, please visit the post operative page.



Sources and for more information:
American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

Mas informacion sobre fracturas distales del radio: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)