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What Is A Bennett Fracture Fixation?

A Bennett fracture is a specific type of fracture that occurs at the base of the first metacarpal bone, which is the bone that connects the thumb to the hand. It is a common fracture pattern resulting from an axial force applied to the thumb, often seen in sports-related injuries or during a fall with an outstretched hand.

Bennett fracture fixation is the surgical procedure performed to stabilize and repair the fractured bone, restoring the alignment of the thumb and promoting proper healing. The surgical approach is typically chosen when the fracture is displaced or unstable, making it difficult to heal adequately without surgical intervention.

The Bennett fracture fixation procedure involves the following steps:

  1. Anesthesia: The patient is usually given regional or general anesthesia to ensure they are comfortable and pain-free during the surgery.
  2. Incision: The surgeon makes a small incision near the base of the thumb to access the fractured bone.
  3. Reduction: The fractured bone fragments are carefully realigned and reduced into their anatomically correct position. This step is crucial to restore the proper alignment and function of the thumb.
  4. Fixation: Various methods can be used to stabilize the fracture and hold the bone fragments in place during the healing process. Common techniques include:a. Kirschner wires (K-wires): Thin metal wires are inserted through the skin and into the bone to hold the fragments together.

    b. Screws: In some cases, screws may be used to fixate the bone fragments.

    c. Plates and screws: A small metal plate may be placed on the surface of the bone, and screws are used to secure the plate and hold the fragments in place.

  5. Closure: After the fixation is completed, the incision is closed with sutures, and the surgical site is dressed and bandaged.

Recovery and Rehabilitation: Following the Bennett fracture fixation surgery, the hand will be immobilized in a splint or cast to protect the healing bone and allow for proper recovery. Physical therapy and rehabilitation exercises are typically prescribed to regain hand function, strength, and mobility gradually.

The duration of immobilization and the extent of rehabilitation depend on the individual’s healing progress and the specific surgical technique used.

It is crucial for the patient to follow the surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully and attend all follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process. With appropriate treatment and rehabilitation, most individuals can expect a good recovery and restored thumb function after a Bennett fracture fixation.


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