Surgical treatment of fractures (recent or old), correction of poorly fused or non-fused fractures.
The bone fragments are repositioned and fixed with thin steel "Kirschner" needles – thus restoring the bone to its pre-injury condition, i.e. its normal anatomical appearance. In non-fused fractures (e.g. scaphoid bones), osteoplasty with artificial bone or a part of the patient's healthy bone is also performed, which increases the healing potential.
Procedure duration and anesthesia
Regional block anesthesia or nerve block of the injured finger (local anesthesia) is used. The intervention, depending on the complexity of the fracture, lasts from 30 minutes to an hour and a half.
If the above mentioned "Kirschner" needles are used, they remain in the bone for about 6 weeks – after which they are removed. The wound after the operation is dressed every second day, the sutures are removed after 14 days. The patient is then referred to physical therapy to improve bone healing and increase the range of motion.
In case of fractures, the already mentioned and very rare complications can occur – poor fusing or lack of bone fusing, as well as infections.