Small bone fracture repair (osteosynthesis)
The restoration of the integrity of small bones (hand and foot), or osteosynthesis, is performed when the fractures of these bones are complicated or the ends of the fractured bone are displaced.
Osteosynthesis is the restoration of the structural integrity of the bone by using special implants, such as screws, plates, etc.
This treatment method is superior to conservative treatment because it allows the restoration of the structural integrity of the bone and early movement of the extremity, and reduces the risk of complications during bone healing.
How Is the Surgery Performed?
The surgery is usually performed under regional or general anesthesia, and time in surgery varies from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours.
The surgical procedure involves an open approach. Once the integrity of the bone has been restored, the bone is fixed with proper implants (screws, plates, or other mechanical means).
What Should be Known After Surgery?
- The arm is immobilized in a plaster or plastic cast for 4-6 weeks;
- The wound should be redressed 1-2 times per week;
- The sutures are removed after 10-14 days;
- Routine activities can be resumed completely after 12 weeks, when the bones heal;
- Metal constructions are removed after 1 year following the surgical procedure, when the bones heal completely.