Dr. Vanessa Gabrovsky Cuéllar is a highly qualified and experienced hand doctor in Beverly Hills, CA. She is an orthopedic hand and wrist surgeon with specialized training in microsurgery and peripheral nerve surgery. She is dedicated to providing comprehensive and compassionate orthopedic care to her patients of all ages and provides exceptional care when treating hand fractures in Beverly Hills. In addition, as an integral component to her orthopedic care, Dr. Cuéllar offers integrative holistic medical approaches to promote whole body health and well-being. At our office, your comfort, health, and personal path to wellness are our number one priorities. Essential to these priorities is our mission to educate our patients as to their diagnosis and treatment options. We spend as much time as you need to discuss our recommendations and your treatment goals, allowing you to make the most educated decisions. Experience has proven that the more you know and proactive you are, the better equipped you are to make wise decisions about your health care. Our patients expect and receive the finest personalized care each and every time they see us.
Fractures of the hand can occur in either the small bones of the fingers (phalanges) or the long bones (metacarpals). They can result from a twisting injury, a fall, a crush injury, or direct contact in sports. The symptoms of a broken bone in the hand include swelling, tenderness, deformity, inability to move the finger, a shortened finger, a finger that crosses over its neighbor when making a partial fist, or a depressed knuckle. A depressed knuckle is often seen in a “boxer’s fracture.” This is a fracture of the fifth metacarpal, the long bone below the little finger. To understand the type of hand fracture you have in Beverly Hills, a physical examination is done to check the position of the fingers and the condition of the skin. The examination may include some range of motion tests and an assessment of feeling in the fingers. This will ensure that there is no damage to the nerves. X-rays identify the location and extent of the fracture.
To treat a hand fracture in Beverly Hills, there are 2 options: non-surgical or surgical. Most of the time, the bones can be realigned by manipulating them without surgery. A cast, splint or fracture-brace is applied to immobilize the bones and hold them in place. The cast will probably extend from the fingertips down past the wrist almost to the elbow. This ensures that the bones remain fixed in place. The cast will be worn for three to six weeks. Gentle hand exercises can probably be started after three weeks. Afterward, the finger may be slightly shorter, but this should not affect the ability to use the hand and fingers. Some hand fractures require surgery to stabilize and align the bones. These fractures usually break through the skin or result from a crushing accident. An orthopaedic surgeon can implant wires, screws, or plates in the broken bone to hold the pieces of the fractured bone in place.