Fracture Care Specialist

Anthony Ahn, MD -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Anthony Ahn, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon located in Manhattan Beach, CA & Torrance, CA

Dr Anthony Ahn provides residents of Manhattan Beach, Torrance, Playa Vista and the South Bay with upper extremity fracture solutions. He is the chief of the Hand surgery service at harbor ucla with extensive experience in taking care of challenging fractures of the fingers, hand, wrist, and elbow

Fracture Care Q & A

What are the different types of hand fractures?

There are several different types of fractures:

  • Nondisplaced: Cracked but still in original position, typically treated with splints or casts, which can be fabricated on site by our hand therapists
  • Displaced: The bone has cracked and moved out of position, and needs to be reduced into an acceptable alignment. This situation may also require surgery to further stabilize the fracture
  • Open Fractures: the bone has poked through the skin and requires antibiotics as well as immediate care.

All types of fractures should be evaluated by a doctor and X-rays.

What should you do if you suspect you have a broken hand?

This is a problem that requires medical treatment as soon as possible. How quickly you get help will affect the treatment options and your recovery. Call 911 or go immediately to the nearest emergency room if there is any bone showing, or loss of curculation. The hand becomes significantly cold, blue, or numb.

In the meantime, apply first aid. If there is blood or open wounds, use a clean, firm cloth to apply pressure. Then put ice into bag and wrap a towel around the wound to help control the swelling. If you are wearing any jewelry, and can safely remove it, do that before going the hospital.

You may apply a splint to the arm as long as the hand doesn’t feel cold or numb. Use a rolled up newspaper or cardboard and some fabric strips to secure it for the trip. If you can move the arm, tie a sling around the neck to further immobilize the injury.

When does a broken hand require surgery?

That is up to the doctor to help guide you with recommendations, but if the fracture is significantly displaced, or involves the joint surfaces, there may be a need for surgery. Dr Ahn will discuss all the options with you and help you decide on the best course of treatment.

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We accept all PPO insurance plans. If you have any questions, please contact our office.

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