If this is a surgeon's best approach, I guess it's a good thing that nobody consults proctologists for wrist fractures.
Originally Posted by wab
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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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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