A 34-year-old member asked:
i fractured my 4th metacarpal a few days ago in basketball game. is surgery necessary?
1 doctor answer
Dr. Jeffrey Wint answered
34 years experience Hand Surgery
Metacarpal fractures: If non displaced or non angulated (bent) or not shortened don't typically need surgery. Surgery can be offered for excessive angualation, abnormal rotation that shows up a truly overlapped fingers or significant shortening that could change tendon mechanics . Open fractures also need to be washed out, especially grossly contaminated wounds with fractures.
Answered on Jan 23, 2014
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