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How can this decision aid help you?

Most scaphoid fractures are at the middle (waist) of the bone. The bone is usually cracked (non-displaced) rather than split in two (displaced). Non-displaced fractures of the middle of the scaphoid can be treated with a cast or with surgery. If your fracture is out of place or closer to the wrist (proximal pole), healing problems are more common and you might choose surgery.

This decision aid is designed to help patients with non-displaced fractures of the middle of the scaphoid decide between treatment with a cast or surgery. It provides you with the harms and benefits of each treatment. If you’re unsure, your doctor can help you choose the best treatment for you.

At the end you can print this decision aid. This way you can go over it again and discuss everything with people you trust.


This decision aid is written by:

S. Fischerauer, T. Teunis and D. Ring.

Version 1; 14-06-16

All authors indicated to have no conflict of interest associated with this decision aid. Completed ICMJE Conflict of Interest Forms of all authors and PATIENT+ employees are on file and can be viewed on request.