The patient will be given anaesthesia preparation before surgery. To reduce the risk of infection, the surgical team will clean and sanitise the surgical site. To gain access to the broken bone fragments, the surgeon will make an incision at the fracture site. The precise fracture pattern and the requirement for exposure will determine the size and placement of the incision. To make sure they are not harmed or impaired, the surgeon will carefully examine the nearby soft tissues, such as tendons, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels. The surgeon will execute a fracture reduction, which entails realigning the shattered bone fragments into their proper anatomical position. This may be done manually (closed reduction) or with the use of equipment, such as forceps or clamps. Once the fracture is minimised, the surgeon will employ several fixation procedures to maintain the bone fragments in their repaired location. This may require the use of screws, plates, wires, pins, or a combination thereof. The specific choice of fixation will depend on factors such as the fracture type, location, and stability. If there is any damage to the surrounding soft tissues, such as tendons or ligaments, the surgeon may perform repair or reconstruction procedures as necessary to restore their integrity and function. After the bone fragments are properly aligned and stabilised, the surgeon will close the incision using sutures or staples. A sterile dressing may be put on the surgical site.
Physical therapy is an essential component of the healing process and aids in regaining strength, range of motion, and functionality. Although recovery times might differ, it often takes several months for the thumb or fingers to recover fully. You will progressively restore strength and range of motion throughout this time through therapy. It’s crucial to adhere to your surgeon’s instructions and attend all prescribed aftercare appointments.