Fractures in your arm occur when any bone in the elbow, forearm, or wrist breaks. Fractures of the bones in these areas range in severity from small, hairline fractures to complete breaks.
In most cases, Dr. Devanny diagnoses a fracture based on the results of a physical examination, as well as an X-ray of the affected area. However, in some cases, he may need to order an MRI or CT scan to see the fracture more clearly. Once he can diagnose your fracture, he’ll work with you to develop the next steps in your care.
Small fractures in your elbow, forearm, or wrist may heal on their own without surgery. However, more severe fractures often need surgical treatment. Dr. Devanny determines whether your fracture needs surgery based on a careful examination of your bone.
If he believes the fracture won’t heal properly on its own, or if it’s causing you considerable pain, he may recommend surgery to help with the healing process.
The goal of surgery is to bring the broken pieces of bone together so they can heal properly. The exact technique Dr. Devanny uses to accomplish this depends on the specifics of your fracture, but he may use metal plates, screws, or pins to hold the bone in place. Some patients may need an external fixator, which is a device that holds the bones in place from outside your body.
After your surgery, you may need to wear a cast for a while. Dr. Devanny will tell you what to expect during recovery before you schedule your procedure. He’ll also monitor your progress throughout the recovery period so he can tell you how much longer you can expect the healing process to take.
Surgery to repair a broken bone in your wrist, forearm, or elbow poses certain risks. Some of the risks of surgery include allergic reactions to anesthesia, infection, and excessive bleeding. After surgery, you may also experience some pain and soreness.
As an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Devanny knows how to perform procedures safely to minimize the risks of complication or side effects. He is happy to answer any questions you may have so you feel confident in your choice of care.
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