Surgery

What does this mean?
Surgery lines up the bone and holds it in place with a metal plate and screws or rod (figures). Both surgeries work equally well. Discuss with your doctor which surgery is best for you.

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Figure: surgery with plate and screws.

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Figure: surgery with a rod.

Results
96 out of 100 fractures will heal with surgery.3

Population: 96%

Advantages

  • Surgery can avoid a bend in the bone.
  • You can start using your arm as soon as you're comfortable, but it can take a week or so to get moving well.
  • No need to wear a brace.

Disadvantages

  • A scar.
  • The discomforts and inconveniences of a surgery.
  • Every surgery has risks. We call this a complication. 13 out of 100 people will get a complication and 10 out of 100 people will need additional surgery for this:
    • 4 out of 100 fractures don't heal well.
      Population: 4%
    • 4 out of 100 people get an infection of the wound.
      Population: 4%
    • In 5 out of 100 people a nerve gets damaged. Usually this limits opening of the hand and it's usually temporary. Sometimes people have permanent damage.
      Population: 5%