Most often, broken wrists can be treated in a cast, but some require wrist fracture surgery. Treatment options must be addressed on a case by case basis, as optimal treatment solutions differ and depends on the fracture. Most fractures hurt moderately for a few days to a couple of weeks, and many patients find that using ice, elevation, and simple, non-prescription medications is enough.
Occasionally, the position of the bone is so out of place that it cannot be corrected or kept corrected in a cast, as it has the potential of interfering with the future functioning of your arm. In such cases, surgery may be required.
There are many ways of performing wrist fracture surgery. Even if the fracture is treated in the operating room, it may be possible to re-align the fracture without making an incision. In other cases, it will be necessary to make an incision to directly access the broken bones and 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, a plate and screws, an external fixator, or any combination of these techniques.
Please note that these are general guidelines and may not apply to your individual case and fracture. Dr. Millstein knows that returning to performing regular activities is important to you, and can evaluate and treat your unique fracture in a timely manner. Ask board certified wrist fracture expert Dr. Millstein for specifics in your case by scheduling a consultation today! For more information, please call (310) 595-1030.