Wrist and Hand Fractures

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Our hands and wrists are intricate and delicate structures that enable us to perform countless tasks with finesse and precision. When fractures occur in these critical areas, it can disrupt daily life and hinder essential functions. At Phoenix Plastic Surgery, we specialize in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of wrist and hand fractures, with a focus on precision and restoring optimal function.

Understanding Wrist and Hand Fractures: The Pathology

Wrist and hand fractures can result from various causes, including falls, sports injuries, and accidents. These fractures can involve different bones within the hand and wrist, such as the radius, ulna, carpal bones, metacarpals, or phalanges. The severity of the fracture depends on factors like the location, type, and displacement of the broken bone(s).

Diagnosis: Pinpointing the Fracture

Accurate diagnosis is paramount for determining the appropriate treatment plan. Diagnosis involves:

  • Medical History: Understanding how the injury occurred and assessing the patient’s overall health.
  • Physical Examination: A thorough examination of the hand and wrist to evaluate for tenderness, swelling, deformity, and limited range of motion.
  • Imaging: X-rays, CT scans, or MRI scans may be used to visualize the fracture and assess its extent.

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:

  1. Incision: A small incision is made at the fracture site, providing access to the broken bone(s).
  2. Fracture Reduction: The fractured bone(s) are carefully repositioned to restore alignment and function.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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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