DR. MED. ULDIS KRUSTINS
Certified traumatologist-orthopedist, microsurgeon, hand surgeonView
The Latvian Microsurgery Center (LMC) treats all types of wrist fractures.
The only place in Latvia where patients can receive the help of an LMC hand surgeon around the clock is the Emergency Medicine and Patient Admission Clinic of Riga East Clinical University Hospital “Gailezers”.
The Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand (FESSH) has accredited the LMC as the Hand Injury and Replant Center, the only one in the Baltics.
Patients with suspected fractures of the wrist are advised to seek help on the day of or soon after the injury. In simple cases, when the fracture is not dislocated (the bone is in an anatomically correct position) and is stable, the patient will be given a plaster cast.
If the fracture is dislocated or unstable, the patient needs surgery.
Special attention is paid to the fracture of the boat bone or scaphoideum. LMC professionals specialize in the treatment of such fractures. It is the most commonly broken carpus bone.
Improper treatment of a wrist fracture results in inflammation (rheumatoid arthritis) and collapse of the joint over years, often leading to complete inability to work due to constant pain.
If the wrist fracture is not complicated and is detected early (during the first two weeks), the treatment is rather simple (plaster bandage), but long-lasting – up to 12 weeks.
However, if such treatment is unsuccessful (5-10% of all cases), a wrist operation with a pelvic bone transplant or a transfused (live) bone from the patient’s spine bone is required. A patient with a fracture of the base of the wrist should be ready for long-term treatment. Smoking significantly reduces the chances of healing.
Hand bone fractures
The price of the operation includes surgery, anesthesia, hospital stay, and the costs of subsequent recovery processes.
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