Surgery

What does this mean?
Surgery stabilizes the fracture with a screw so that you can move your wrist and avoid a cast (figures). You shouldn’t play sports or use the hand for force until the fracture is healed (about 2 to 3 months after surgery). 

Advantage
You don’t need a cast after surgery. You wear a splint for comfort and can move your wrist within a few weeks.

Disadvantage
Surgery has risks. You could have a problem with the screw or an infection. There are small risks associated with anesthesia. Additional surgery might be needed if the fracture has trouble healing.

 

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Figure: stabilized with a screw.

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Figure: hand x-ray with screw.