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Broken wrist - why would a wrist fusion surgery be needed, and which bones get fused together? any advice?

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Dr. Daniel Mass
Hand Surgery 46 years experience
Depends on bone: The most common wrist fracture is of the distal radius (a forearm bone). Unless it is completely shattered a fusion of the wrist is rarely needed and than a partial fusion can maintain some motion. The second most common fracture is a scaphoid fracture. If it does not heal or the bone dies then a partial mid-carpal fusion is often performed to preserve motion. See an orthopaedic hand surgeon.

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Last updated Sep 23, 2013

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