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Wrist Manipulation under Anesthesia

Manipulation under anaesthesia (MUA) is an operation performed in the event of a broken wrist.

Wrist Operation Procedure under Anesthesia

La muñeca es una articulación muy importante y cuando hay una fractura es fundamental que la recuperación y la intervención sea la adecuada. La anestesia podrá ser general o regional (tan solo anestesiando la parte de la muñeca).

Tras la operación, las revisiones serán constantes como la realización de radiografías para ver la evolución de los huesos. Puede ser posible la colocación de yeso en la zona afectada para la recuperación total.

Risks of Manipulation under Anesthesia

As with all procedures, this carries some risks and complications.

Common Risk

  • Pain: It is normal for your wrist to be sore after the operation. It is important to keep your arm raised (elevated) most of the time to help reduce pain and swelling.

Rare Risks

  • Infection: Unfortunately, although the surgeon inserts the wires in the operating room where everything is sterile and the skin is cleaned, there is still a small percentage of patients who develop an infection.
  • Arthritis may be more common if the fracture involves the joint.
  • CRP syndrome: This is pain, swelling, or stiffness around the site of the wrist fracture.
  • Swelling: It may take up to 6 months for the swelling in the wrist to go down.

Alternative Procedure

A wrist fracture can be left in its current position with a cast. If the wrist is not in a good position, it may not recover properly. This will make you more likely to develop arthritis, pain, and disability.

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