If you experience a severe hand, wrist or elbow fracture that shifted your bones or caused them to break through the skin, you will likely need surgery. Surgery will help restore the proper alignment of your bones and protect the joints against stiffness, early onset arthritis or other infections. Repairing the fracture will also help you start moving the bones again soon afterwards, which promotes a complete recovery.
Fracture Surgery for Hand, Wrist, and Elbow – MedStar Georgetown’s Experienced Approach
A severe hand, wrist, or elbow fracture is likely to feel very overwhelming. At MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, we understand your concerns and use our experience and compassion to guide you through every step of your treatment and recovery process.
Our orthopedic surgeons have unique fellowship training in hand surgery and focus exclusively on caring for problems affecting the hands and upper extremities. We perform about 1,000 hand surgeries every year using the most advanced surgical techniques and technology. The most complex cases from around the Washington region are often referred to our care.
We offer everyone who sees us a thorough diagnosis. We take time to listen to your concerns, answer all of your questions, and integrate your individual needs into a treatment plan to effectively heal your injury. No matter how complex your condition, we will always offer innovative solutions that will work for you.
Fracture Surgery Recovery
After your surgery, you may need to wear a splint or cast for a few weeks. You may also need to take medication to manage your pain. Physical therapy exercises will help you build back strength and range of motion in your injured area. You can begin physical therapy very soon after surgery and can continue for several weeks or months. Your orthopedic surgeon will discuss the details of your recovery with you, as well as how long you can expect it will take to recover complete strength and use of your hand, wrist, or elbow.