What is it?
Occasionally with fractures in the upper extremity, they will require surgical treatment to realign the fracture. This can involve plates, screws, and pins depending on the injury. The implants are used to stabilize the fracture and help to restore the normal anatomy to the bone.
How is it Performed?
Some fractures can be treated with manipulation and wires that can be placed to stabilize the bones, while others will require an incision and direct manipulation of the fracture fragments. Intraoperative x-rays are used to ensure that the bone is well aligned and that the implants are in good position. These are usually then splinted or put in a cast to protect the fracture and surgery during the healing process.