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When do I need surgery for a broken wrist or forearm?

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Sometimes fractures due to osteoporosis can't grow back together easily, because too much bone is missing. If your doctor thinks your bones may not be stable enough for a cast, he might recommend surgery.

You may also need an operation if the fracture shattered your bone, or if the broken pieces don't line up right.

SOURCES:

International Osteoporosis Foundation: "About Osteoporosis."

News Release, International Osteoporosis Foundation.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Recommendations for Enhancing the Care of Patients with Fragility Fractures," "Distal Radius Fractures," "Adult Forearm Fractures."

Pesce, V. , 2009. Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Wrist Fractures -- Distal Radius Fracture."

Pietri, M. , 2007. Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 22, 2019

SOURCES:

International Osteoporosis Foundation: "About Osteoporosis."

News Release, International Osteoporosis Foundation.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Recommendations for Enhancing the Care of Patients with Fragility Fractures," "Distal Radius Fractures," "Adult Forearm Fractures."

Pesce, V. , 2009. Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism

American Society for Surgery of the Hand: "Wrist Fractures -- Distal Radius Fracture."

Pietri, M. , 2007. Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 22, 2019

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