Fixing Wrist Fractures Without A Cast
A broken wrist can be as frustrating as it is painful. Severe wrist fractures are nagging injuries that typically require surgery followed by six to eight weeks in a cast — or worse, an external metal frame drilled into the hand and forearm bones. And the wrist can take six to nine months to fully heal.
However, thanks to technology that Mark Cohen, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Rush University Medical Center, helped develop and advance, wrist fractures that require surgery can now be repaired using minimally invasive techniques. Patients recover more quickly and with less pain. Better yet, they don’t have to wear a cumbersome cast.
This evolution in care is due to small implants known as locking plates, which are designed specifically for the wrist and inserted through a small incision. The plates are connected to the bones in the wrist with screws, creating a strong bond but allowing full range of motion.
“Before, people with fractured wrists couldn’t type, drive or even shower for six to eight weeks,” Cohen says. They couldn’t even begin physical therapy until around two months after the injury occurred. “The plating system allows people to start physical therapy just days after surgery and resume their normal activities while their fractures are healing,” he says. “They can very quickly get back to their lives.”
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