Distal Radius Fracture Surgery

If the radius bone is too far out of alignment and/or it can’t be corrected with a cast, surgery may be required.
The options depend on the nature of the fracture. It may be possible to realign the distal radius fracture without making an incision. This is known as closed reduction. In other cases, an incision may be needed to access the bone and improve its alignment.

In addition to a cast, surgeons at the FHCH Sports Medicine Program may use metal pins of stainless steel or titanium, plates or screws, an external fixator or a combination of techniques to repair the injury.

Most fractures hurt for a few days to a couple weeks after surgery. This is normal. Most patients use ice to alleviate the pain, elevate the arm so it is above the heart or take over-the-counter pain medicine for pain relief. The cast can be removed in about six weeks.

For causes, symptoms and non-surgical treatment options, click here.

If you have questions about surgical options or want to make an appointment with one of our sports medicine experts to discuss your condition, please contact our Patient Care Coordinators and they’ll be happy to help you.