Hand & Wrist Fractures Specialist

Advanced Plastic and Hand Surgery

Hand Surgeons & Plastic Surgeons located in Kettering, OH

Hand and wrist fractures that don’t heal properly can limit your ability to accomplish simple daily tasks such as buttoning your shirt or writing a grocery list. Dr. Sunishka Wimalawansa is a board-certified plastic surgeon, with additional specialized fellowship training and additional certifications in surgery of the hand and upper extremity, who specializes in surgical repair of the hand and wrist. Working with his colleague Dr. R. Michael Johnson and the team at Advanced Plastic and Hand Surgery serving Kettering, Ohio and Dayton, OH, Dr. Wimalawansa uses his extensive training and expertise to effectively repair even the most complex hand and wrist breaks. Call for your appointment today or use the clinic’s online scheduling service.

Hand & Wrist Fractures Q & A

Advanced Plastic and Hand Surgery

What are the Symptoms of a Broken Hand or Wrist?

Beyond obvious deformities sometimes noted after an injury, such as a crooked finger or bent wrist, hand and wrist breaks or cracks in bones may cause:

  • Significant pain that sometimes worsens when moving your fingers, hand, or wrist
  • Swelling, tenderness, and bruising at the fracture site
  • Difficulty moving your fingers or thumb
  • Stiffness or numbness in your hand or fingers

What Causes Hand and Wrist Fractures?

Causes of fractures or breaks in the wrist and hand include crushing injuries sustained during work-related activities, injuries associated with sports participation, and trauma sustained during a motor vehicle accident.

The most common cause of a fracture occurs when you instinctively stretch out your hands to try and break the impact of a fall. This places a tremendous amount of force on the bones and other structures in your wrists and hands that may result in a fracture.

Osteoporosis, a condition that weakens your bones, increases your risk of sustaining a hand or wrist fracture with even seemingly-minor incidents, such as bumping your hand against a countertop or door frame.

What Kinds of Fractures Require Surgical Repair?

Anyone with a suspected hand or wrist fracture benefits from the skill and training Dr. Wimalawansa provides as a hand specialist. However, some hand and wrist fractures are stable or nondisplaced. This means the bones may have cracked or broken without moving out of place. These kinds of breaks don’t usually require surgery and are typically treated with casting or splinting.

Other fractures are unstable and the broken bones tend to move or shift even when secured with a cast. These fractures include those that affect the joint surfaces in your hand or wrist and fractures where the bone has shattered into many pieces, called comminuted fractures. These severe fractures usually require surgery to restore the bony alignment and special pinning to keep the bones in place until they heal.

An open fracture, which occurs when a bone breaks through the skin, also requires surgery to help prevent infection in the bone and help ensure normal function after the healing process. Dr. Wimalawansa is skilled at providing effective treatment for even the most severe fractures.   

He can also help if you’re experiencing difficulty or pain due to a previous fracture that didn’t heal properly.