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What if I Don't Have Surgery for a Wrist Fracture?

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Presentation: Distal Radius Fracture Surgery
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Even if surgery is recommended by your doctor, it is always your choice whether or not to have this surgery. But, it is important to understand the possible results of that decision.
Should you choose not to have the surgery and only have your fracture treated with a cast, you must realize that the results are not as predictable. It is often impossible to line up the bone fragments perfectly without surgery. When treated in a cast, these fractures can heal in a misaligned position, possibly causing loss of motion and early arthritis.
The final decision to have or not to have surgery rests with you, but all concerns relating to this decision should be discussed with your doctor at length.
You and your doctor can come up with a treatment method that is comfortable for you.

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