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Mallet Finger (cont.)

Mallet Finger Medications

A variety of over-the-counter and prescription pain relievers may be prescribed depending on the health of the patient, and if any pre-existing medical conditions are present.

Mallet Finger Surgery

When the fracture is large and causes joint damage, the decision may be made to operate on the finger for the best results. A hand specialist or orthopedic surgeon performs this surgery.

Mallet Finger Next Steps

The treating surgeon will monitor the progress of the injury, especially if a deformity in the finger develops.

If a cut is repaired, a follow-up visit to the doctor will be necessary in approximately 10 days to have the sutures removed and to determine if a deformity of the finger is present.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/19/2014
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