Finger fractures fall into two categories: non-displaced, in which the bones remain aligned, and displaced, in which the bones shift out of alignment. Fixation is typically performed when the fracture is displaced because improper finger alignment can affect normal hand function.
Finger fracture fixation is an outpatient procedure and patients go home the same day.
When is surgery recommended?
Surgery may be an option if your hand fracture is severe, the bones are displaced, or your finger is unstable or deformed. It's important to consult a qualified hand and upper extremity specialist to assess the extent of your fracture and determine the appropriate treatment. Untreated finger fractures can cause long-term problems, including stiffness, pain and, in extreme cases, loss of hand function.
What is the recovery time?
Recovery time varies depending on the severity of your fracture. The hardware in your hand may be removed after the bones have healed or may be taken out. After the fracture is healed, therapy with a Certified Hand Specialist is recommended to restore hand strength and flexibility and ensure you can perform daily activities.