For most wrist fractures, surgery is usually not required. However, it is necessary in some situations. For example, if the bones are shifted out of position, if the bones are fragmented and unstable, or if there is any joint involvement, surgery can be used successfully to treat the fracture.
If surgery is deemed to be necessary, there are a variety of options for treatment. Most fractures currently are treated with one small plate and several screws after the bones are placed in the correct position. Other fractures may be secured with pins to hold the bones in place.