K Wire Removal Complications


Q: I recently had a k wire removed to fix my broken hand. It hurt coming out and was fine on the day it was removed. But the following day I woke up and it was swollen and I have not been able to move my pinky properly. The doctor said it was just bad immflammation but its been 5 days now and the immflammation hasn't gone done. I am currently taking antibiotics and diclofenac for the pain. Should I be worried?


A:   You should allow some more time for the inflammation to resolve. It may take 2 weeks for complete resolution to occur. Continue taking your medications as prescribed, I am sure your symptoms will resolve in a couple weeks and you will be able to return your normal activities.

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