Executive Editor: Chris Colton

Authors: Renato Fricker, Matej Kastelec, Fiesky Nuñez, Terry Axelrod

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Glossary

Aftertreatment

Splintage

Immediately postoperatively, a temporary plaster splint is applied which immobilizes the first MCP joint as well as the wrist. When the pain and swelling have reduced, a custom thermoplastic splint is applied for a period of time depending on ...

Immediately postoperatively, a temporary plaster splint is applied which immobilizes the first MCP joint as well as the wrist. When the pain and swelling have reduced, a custom thermoplastic splint is applied for a period of time depending on patient comfort and fracture stability.The implants may need to be removed in cases of soft-tissue irritation.
In case of joint stiffness, or tendon adhesions’ restricting finger movement, tenolysis or arthrolysis become necessary. In these circumstances, take the opportunity to remove the implants.

Functional exercises

In compliant patients with stable fixation, the splint can be removed under the supervision of a physical therapist, and early active motion exercises started after a few days.

In compliant patients with stable fixation, the splint can be removed under the supervision of a physical therapist, and early active motion exercises started after a few days.

Implant removal

The implants may need to be removed in cases of soft-tissue irritation.
In case of joint stiffness, or tendon adhesions’ restricting finger movement, tenolysis or arthrolysis become necessary. In these circumstances, take the opportunity to remove the implants.

v1.0 2008-11-08