Broken Wrist Reduction

The goal of Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF) of a broken wrist, is to open the site for repair, reduce or bring the ends of the break back together and hold them together using a surgical plate and screws.

Goal of Surgery

If you have a broken wrist, the severity of the condition is determined by how much the broken ends or fragments of bone move away from each other. Surgery is indicated in those where the broken ends have moved apart and there needs to be help to put them back together.

The goal of Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF) of a broken wrist, is to open the site for repair, reduce or bring the ends of the break back together, and hold them together using a surgical plate and screws.

Pre-Surgical Planning

If surgery is indicated, Dr Gupta will use a metal plate and screws to bring the distal radius back together.

  • Low profile plate (means you get a low fitting plate to match your clavicle shape)
  • Adjustable locking and non-locking screws

ORIF Surgery using Plate and Screws

Once in, your plate and screws are designed to stay in, only ever needing to be revised if there is a problem or if you re-break your radius. Typically, once you have had surgery, the metal plate acts like armour and should make your wrist stronger.

If you are suffering with a broken wrist and don't know what to do, contact Dr Gupta on 02 9687 8344 or make and online booking here;

Surgical Scarring

Distal radius plate surgery is a reasonably minimally invasive procedure which will cause little scarring. Dr Gupta is a specialist wrist & hand surgeon with a background in micro-surgery. You will have one of the best at your service to to manage the smallest scar possible, despite your condition.

Post Surgery

You should expect the following after surgery;

  • Drowsy and swollen
  • Strong pain, decreasing over 6 weeks after the operation
  • You may be in a collar and cuff sling for 2 weeks
  • You will see Dr Gupta again about 2 weeks after your operation
  • You should complete rehab with a Physiotherapist who uses Dr Gupta's Post Op Broken Wrist Rehab Protocol
  • You will see Dr Gupta again about 3 months after your operation

Dr Gupta has a proven track record of successful surgical outcome and will talk to you further about your condition at your initial consultation. To book an appointment with Dr Gupta, call 02 9687 8344 or make a priority booking online here.