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Anyone's Child Suffered a Fractured Finger?

My son fractured his finger with a basketball on Monday. Friday, they are performing 'closed reduction' on his finger to re-align the bone. Has anyone gone through something similar? Any advice?...I am a nervous wreck.

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Hi!

Don't be nervous - - Don't worry. They may give him some sort of a anesthesia (he will be awake/drowsy but won't remember any of it) while they reset it. In past times, they didn't reset the bones (you may have seen people with crooked fingers?). My son had his arm reset (2x) and they couldn't get both bones in his arm reset. The orthopedic specialist assured me that young children's bones generally heal themselves and where the bones fuse out of alignment, the body fills the spaces with cartilage (filling the gaps). He will be fine. Its a finger. Unless there is nerve damage or ligament damage along with the broken bone, the broken bone is a minor problem. I'm suprised to hear that they didn't simply splint it and let it heal crooked actually. Good luck! Don't be nervous! Trust me (I have an active 13 year old who has brought me to the e.r. every year for many years.) I found that taking a first aid class not only taught me how to handle his many injuries, but taught me what injuries are worth worrying about and which ones are not. Good luck! J.

Oh Yeah, My son was starting 1st grade and 1 week before he started, he fell and went hand first onto to driveway. Broke his middle finger, actually split the tip of his finger like a V...

It does get better

D.

I found this article on the web. If they do put him under for a bit, be prepared for him to wake up irritable and possibly nauseated. My 2 boys had different surgeries, one woke up fine and running down the hallways while the other was ill. Don't worry, they have suppositories for nausea and pain medication also. At that age, he most likely will get home the same day and start running around as usual! My younger son plays every sport so be prepared, this is just the beginning! He'll be absolutely fine and running you ragged as usual! Let us know how it went.
B.

Closed Reduction of a Fracture

What is a closed reduction of a fracture?
A closed reduction of a fracture is a procedure for setting a broken bone without making an incision (cut) in the skin.

When is it used?
Your health care provider may suggest a closed reduction if your bone is broken in one place and has not broken the skin and you do not need plates, pins, or screws put in the bone to help hold it in place.

How do I prepare for a closed reduction of a fracture?
Plan for your care and recovery after the operation is over, especially if you are to have general anesthesia. Find someone to drive you home after the surgery. Allow for time to rest and try to find other people to help you with your day-to-day duties.

Follow any instructions your provider gives you. If you will be having general anesthesia, do not eat or drink anything after midnight and the morning before the procedure. Do not even drink coffee, tea, or water.

What happens during the procedure?
You are given a local, regional, or general anesthetic to keep you from feeling pain. A local or regional anesthetic numbs just the injured area. Sometimes a sedative is also given. A sedative will relax you and reduce anxiety. A general anesthetic, puts you to sleep to prevent you from feeling pain.

Your health care provider pushes the broken bone into a position where it can heal properly. Your provider then puts the limb in a cast or splint to keep the bone in place.

In rare cases, your limb may be put in traction with ropes, pulleys, and weights to help keep the bone in place until it can be safely treated with a cast.

What happens after the procedure?
You may go home later in the day depending on the treatment and how you are doing. You may have a splint, dressing, or cast to help keep the bone in place while it heals.

Ask your health care provider what steps you should take and when you should come back for a checkup.

What are the benefits of this procedure?
The bone should heal in a normal position. You should regain the use of the bone and the limb it serves. This procedure should cure the pain of the broken bone.

What are the risks associated with this procedure?
There are some risks when you have general anesthesia. Discuss these risks with your health care provider.
The bone may grow together in a different way than it was originally and may not be perfectly lined up.
There may be a loss of feeling in the area of the break if a nerve is damaged.
If an artery is near the fracture, it could be damaged.
You should ask your health care provider how these risks apply to you.

When should I call my health care provider?
Call your provider right away if:

Your cast is too tight.
You have unusual or unexpected pain, or increasing pain not relieved by pain medicine.
You develop a fever.

My oldest son (now almost 9) got a hairline fracture in thumb when he was only 2 years old.
I lived in an apartment with old windows, and had one of the windows propped open with a board. My son, being little and curious, decided he wanted to play with the boad, making the window come crashing down on his fist, and fracturing his thumb.
They did not put a cast on his hand, only a splint, and he seemed better in a few weeks.
It's hard when they are little, and suffer any kind of injury. They just want to continue being active, and the parents have to look out so they don't get re-injured.
I'm sure all will be fine, and unfortunately this is just the beginning of the injuries he will get.
Boys will be boys!!!
Take Care,
J.

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