» General Information
The Sonoma WRx® is a stainless steel implant manufactured in the USA, and FDA-cleared for wrist fractures. It is placed inside the broken wrist by your orthopedic surgeon through a small incision. The implant is flexible, allowing it to be inserted into the bone while avoiding critical nerves, tendons and blood vessels. After positioning the implant inside the bone, it can transition from flexible-to-rigid to stabilize the fracture to provide protection and alignment while it heals.
Patients generally recuperate faster with the WRx® because it can be inserted without damaging nerves, tendons and ligaments.
Most patients with a WRx® keep the implant permanently. However, the WRx® can be removed. Your surgeon will determine if and when it is appropriate to remove the device after your wrist heals. This will require a minor surgical procedure.
The most common treatments for wrist fractures are casts or surgical plates. However, in many cases, patients could get better faster if a WRx® was used instead.
» Wave Goodbye to Casts
Historically, wrist fractures were treated with a cast. Frequently, this treatment resulted in a long rehabilitation and the patient might never have recovered to full function.
Many patients with wrist fractures still receive casts today. However, an analysis was conducted comparing results from five clinical studies using casts to a study of patients receiving the WRx®. The analysis showed treatment with WRx® resulted in significantly better results; especially grip strength.
More importantly, all fractures in the WRx® group healed; while 42% of casted patients had poor healing. Please click Find a Physician to locate a doctor who will be able to determine if a WRx® is right for you.
» Plates Cut Deep
Surgical Plates are Invasive
Surgical plates are an effective treatment for wrist fractures. However, implanting a plate is a very invasive procedure. It requires a large incision through skin and muscle. In addition, nerves and tendons must be moved aside. Several screws are used to attach the plate to the bone which can cause further irritation and pain. If the plate does not fit properly, the edges of the plate can rub against tendons, nerves and ligaments. This can result in pain, and in severe cases, the edges of the plate can sever ligaments or tendons (Asadollahi. J Orthopaed Traumatol. 2013).
For some severe fractures, a plate is most likely the best option. However, many simple wrist fractures can rehabilitate much more easily with a WRx®. Please click Find a Physician to locate a doctor who will be able to determine if a WRx® is right for you.