ORIF Hand Fractures

In severe cases, surgery may be recommended and is performed under local or general anesthesia. Surgery includes making an incision over the fracture, followed by alignment and fixation of the fractured bone using plates and screws. After surgery, the incision is sutured and covered with a splint. Healing of the bone may take 6 weeks whereas complete recovery needs a few months.

Post-operative care of Metacarpal Fractures

Common post-operative instructions to be followed after metacarpal fracture surgery include:

  • Get adequate rest and keep your hand above heart level to reduce swelling.
  • Avoid heavy lifting of objects till the hand is completely healed.
  • In case of pain and swelling, take the prescribed medications.
  • Physical therapy is recommended to strengthen and restore hand movements.
  • Follow the specific instructions given by your doctor.

Risks and complications of Metacarpal Fractures

The possible risks and complications associated with metacarpal fracture surgery include:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Stiffness
  • Non-union (bone fails to unite).
  • Malunion (Deformed union of the fractured bone).
  • Damage of the surrounding nerves or blood vessels.

Metacarpal fracture is a condition of broken or dislocated metacarpal bones present in the palm resulting in pain and swelling with limited movement of the hands and fingers. Metacarpal fractures can be treated non-surgically by applying a splint or cast over the fractured bone to promote natural healing. In severe cases, fractured bones are surgically fixed by using plates and screws. Depending upon the condition of the patient and type of procedure used, complete recovery of the metacarpal fracture may take 3-6 weeks.