When is fracture repair surgery needed?
The use of surgery to repair a broken wrist, hand, arm, ankle, foot or collarbone is common in sports medicine. If the break is complex, your doctor will likely perform surgery to realign the bones into their original position and hold them in place using pins, wires, screws or plates. This will ensure the bones heal properly.
What is the recovery time for a fracture repair surgery?
Most patients having fracture repair surgery at Treasure Valley Hospital are able to go home the same day of their procedure. You will probably be required to wear a cast or brace on the injured area. Recovery time could be several weeks to several months depending on the location and severity of the fracture. Your doctor will give you exercises to maintain your range of motion, and you will probably be referred to a physical therapist. Your doctor will also let you know when it is safe to use your injured extremity again.
How do I prepare for this type of surgery?
- Your doctor or pre-admission nurse may tell you to stop taking certain medications, vitamins and dietary supplements prior to your surgery. It is important to follow their instructions.
- Do not eat anything after midnight the day before surgery.
- Shower or bathe the morning of your surgery according to directions given at your pre-admission appointment.
- Do not shave the surgical area prior to arriving at the hospital for your procedure.
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing and slip-on shoes.
- Do not wear makeup, perfume/aftershave, lotion, or deodorant.
- Do not wear jewelry.
- Leave all valuables at home.
- Bring a list of the medications you currently take.
- If you wear contact lenses, bring an appropriate storage container for them and a pair of glasses to use pre- and post-surgery.
- Bring these supplies if they apply to you: insulin, rescue inhaler, CPAP, or dental device.
- Arrange ahead of time for a family member or friend to drive you home from the hospital after surgery.
This information is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor.