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What Are The Alternatives to Surgery for a Wrist Fracture?

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Presentation: Distal Radius Fracture Surgery
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Your doctor has three options for treating a wrist fracture:
One is to place a cast on the arm without manipulating the broken bones. This is an excellent choice for a fracture in which none of the bones have moved out of place.
The second is to attempt to manipulate the broken bones from the outside of your skin, and then apply a cast.
The third is to surgically put the broken bones into their normal position. This may require hardware to be placed inside or outside the skin, followed by the placement of a splint or a cast.
The choice of treatment that your doctor recommends depends on the type, location and seriousness of the fracture. Therefore, depending on your specific fracture, the alternatives just mentioned may or may not be appropriate for your situation.
However, you should discuss your options with your doctor at length so that you can better understand why this is the recommended treatment.

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