Why Choose MICRONAIL® Fixation?
Traditional treatment options that involve inserting a metal plate on top of the broken wrist bone and fixing it with screws require a larger incision and may not provide the desired level of flexibility / wrist function as quickly as the MICRONAIL® Fixation implant can. The longer it takes to start moving the wrist, the slower the recovery. Stiffness and limited range of motion may require rehabilitation with a hand therapist. It is important to start moving the fingers, hand, and wrist as quickly as possible
Few patients require a cast after surgery and most only wear a splint for a day. Also, most patients do not require professional hand therapy following the surgery due to the ability to start motion almost immediately. This rapid recovery allows patients to return to normal activities such as personal hygiene, cooking, driving, work, etc. (Source: CORR, April 2006).
The MICRONAIL® Fixation implant is placed completely inside the bone during surgery through 2 very small incisions that are much smaller than traditional plating devices require. Smaller incisions and the minimally-invasive approach to implant the MICRONAIL® Fixation implant disturbs less soft tissue which contributes to a quicker recovery. The minimal incisions allow the patient to move his/her wrist, hand, and fingers in a relatively short period of time
In addition, placing the implant inside the bone provides immediate stability to the break while minimizing the possibility of irritation to surrounding soft tissue.
Traditional plating systems typically require a large 5-6 inch incision. Conversely, the MICRONAIL® Fixation implant requires only two small 1-inch incisions - thereby, allowing for a minimally-invasive approach to surgery resulting not only in faster, less painful recovery; but less obtrusive scars as well.
Less Post-operative Irritation
Also, contrary to traditional plating systems, the MICRONAIL® Fixation device is housed completely within the bone, not on top ... which provides stability to the broken bone while minimizing the possibility of irritation to surrounding tissue. When treated by a traditional metal plate, which is screwed on top of the broken bone, tendons rubbing on top of that metal plate can cause irritation and rupture. Irritated tissue causes pain and discomfort. As a worse case scenario, should a tendon rupture, a second surgery is required (and possibly a third) to remove the plate and screws, repair the soft tissue, and graft the tendon.
Individual results may vary.