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Broken Wrist Treatment

Breaking your wrist can be an extremely painful experience. While we often take the healthy functioning of our wrists for granted, our wrist facilitates actions that are essential movements in our everyday lives such as gripping, lifting, and twisting. While some patients may recover from a broken wrist with nonsurgical treatment such as wearing a cast or a splint, others may require surgery to offer a full, effective recovery.

At Barrington Orthopedic Specialists, our experienced, high-quality wrist specialists can help you find relief and ultimately decide the right course of action following a wrist fracture. Wrist fusion surgery is a procedure we offer that is designed to relieve pain and correct deformities of the wrist caused by injury, trauma, arthritis, or genetic defects. After diagnosing your condition with imaging tests and physical examinations, we’ll work alongside you to develop a personalized treatment plan that truly works for you.

If you believe you have sustained a broken wrist injury, schedule your first consultation with the team at Barrington Orthopedic Specialists today. If you’re in an emergency situation, visit the Immediate Care Clinic at our Schaumburg, IL location.

What Is Wrist Fracture Surgery?

During surgery, metal implants—such as screws and wires—are used to hold the scaphoid in place until the bone is fully healed.

Where your doctor makes the surgical incision, and how large it is depends on what part of the scaphoid is broken. The incision may be on the front or the back of the wrist.

Sometimes, the screw or wire can be placed in bone fragments with a small incision. In other cases, a larger incision is needed to ensure that the fragments of the scaphoid line up properly.

In cases where the bone is in more than two pieces, a bone graft may be needed to aid in healing.

A bone graft is new bone that is placed around the broken bone and is used to stimulate bone healing. It increases bone production and helps broken bones heal together into a solid bone.

This graft may be taken from your forearm bone in the same arm or, less frequently, from your hip.