Surgical Treatment with Plate or Screw Fixation: Precision Restoration
In cases where conservative methods like casting or splinting may not provide adequate stabilization or alignment, surgical intervention is often recommended. Plate and screw fixation is a surgical technique that offers precision and stability for fractures of the hand and wrist.
Key Aspects of Plate and Screw Fixation:
- Incision: A small incision is made at the fracture site, providing access to the broken bone(s).
- Fracture Reduction: The fractured bone(s) are carefully repositioned to restore alignment and function.
- Plate and Screw Placement: Specialized plates and screws are applied to secure the bone fragments in their correct positions. These plates and screws are typically made of biocompatible materials like titanium.
- Closure: After the bone is securely fixed, the incision is closed, and the wrist or hand is immobilized with a splint or cast during the initial healing phase.
- Rehabilitation: Following surgery, physical therapy and rehabilitation are often recommended to regain strength, flexibility, and function in the affected hand or wrist.
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