Ricky, MICRONAIL™ Intramedullary Radius Fixation System
Ricky is a 48-year-old air conditioning service technician. In March, he missed a step on his ladder, fell, and fractured his wrist which was initially set and cast in the local hospital emergency room. He was given the option of surgery a week later, or spending a month in a cast. If the fracture did not heal properly by the end of the month, Ricky would have to proceed with surgery. The prospect of having a cast on for four weeks was not ideal. He didn’t want the cast on his arm because he felt claustrophobic. It was possible he would still need surgery because, when the wrist is placed in a cast, the bones can still shift.
Ricky consulted with Dr. John Li in the Department of Orthopedics at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Dr. Li recommended surgery with the Wright MICRONAIL™ Intramedullary Radius Fixation System as an alternate treatment option for wrist fractures.
Ricky decided to proceed with the MICRONAIL™ System instead of waiting four weeks to see if his wrist would heal properly with a cast. On March 13, the MICRONAIL™ System was implanted and today his wrist is feeling great. Ricky went back to work in mid-April. He has been receiving physical therapy on his wrist every week since surgery and has recovered very well. He has been able to move his wrist back and forth, his mobility has been great, and he has continued to work to rebuild his strength. The movement of his wrist has been restored to its natural function. Shortly after surgery he was able to get dressed and participate in normal, day-to-day activities. In addition, the pain he experienced was limited to only three days post-surgery. “I would recommend the MICRONAIL™ System. If someone came up to me and asked me about it I would say certainly do it. I would do it again tomorrow if this happened again. It was a good experience and they did a good job fixing my wrist.”