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What Results Can You Expect Following Distal Radius Fracture Surgery?

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Presentation: Distal Radius Fracture Surgery
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Your expected results will depend upon the seriousness of the fracture and how well it can be put together. With wrist fractures, if your doctor is able to put your bones back in place and secure them into position, good to excellent results have been reported in approximately 75 to 90 out of 100 procedures. Good to excellent results mean that your fracture heals and there is near normal function of your wrist with little pain.
The term "wrist fracture" is a general term that describes a wide variety of broken bones. These fractures vary not only in treatment, but also in outcome. For example, when a fracture involves a joint surface, the risk of arthritis in that joint, even with proper treatment, is higher. Having arthritis will lead to decreased motion and pain.
Because individual situations can vary, if you have questions about your expected results, you and your doctor should discuss them. It is very important for your expectations to match your doctor's expectations.

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