Skier's Thumb (cont.)
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Skier's Thumb Surgery
If the patient elects to have surgery, then operative exploration and ligament repair using a "suture anchor" will most likely be performed. After the operation, the hand may be placed in a lightweight cast to hold the thumb still while the ligament heals. The patient will have to remain in this cast for some time based on the orthopedic surgeon's preferences, although some surgeons now advocate early gentle motion.
If the patient has an associated fracture with skier's thumb, then it may be treated with a modified cast. Surgical stabilization of the fracture might be needed if a piece of bone has broken off in an unacceptable place.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/10/2014
Justin Strittmatter, MD
Charles Preston, MD
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