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surgery 7 29.17%
cast 13 54.17%
let it flap in the breeze 4 16.67%
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Old 01-12-2007, 09:41 PM   #21
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If this is a surgeon's best approach, I guess it's a good thing that nobody consults proctologists for wrist fractures.

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but I still need to get past my fear of being sliced up and drilled into.
Well, when you put it that way, what's the downside of trying a cast first? They can always get a large hammer and reset it and try the surgery, right?
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Old 01-13-2007, 01:22 AM   #22
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Cool!



Those have been pretty much obsoleted by the internal volar plates that my doc wants to insert. Still barbaric, but not quite as freakish as the external fixator.
He did not break his wrist, but his arm... it was from his elbow to his wrist...

But, I also know of this lady that had them two years ago for the same kind of break... she fell putting up a shower curtain... so they must have just stopped using them in the last couple of years...
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Those devices are called external fixators .
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Whoops see you guys already know that !
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Old 01-13-2007, 06:37 PM   #26
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The votes are in, and once again the wisdom of crowds prevails.

I got a second opinion today. This doc thought a cast was a no-brainer. He said that the displacement was very small, and thought chances of a "collapse" were basically zero. The risks associated with surgery, while small, were the larger risks.

He talked to the first doc, who admitted that surgery was "aggressive." Surgery makes a lot of sense for somebody who needs a quick recovery (like a surgeon or athlete), but no sense for a young retired slacker like me.

He told me exactly what I wanted to hear, so I canceled the surgery and got a stylish new cast. Blue fiberglass instead of shiny titanium.
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He told me exactly what I wanted to hear, so I canceled the surgery and got a stylish new cast. Blue fiberglass instead of shiny titanium.
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That sounds like a great result.

The beaver wanted to be the first to sign you cast, but he couldn't fit the entire poem.
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Does it itch under there yet?
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Does it itch under there yet?
The itch isn't as bad as that stuff that grew between my fingers during the week that my hand was immobilized by the ER splint. Even my dogs didn't want to sniff me....
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Be glad that this isn't the after picture:
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I'll bet that cast itches.
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