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A Colles (say "CALL-us" or "CALL-eez") fracture is a specific type of broken wrist. In this type of fracture, the broken bone in the wrist tilts upward when the hand is palm down. The break may happen when you throw out a hand to protect yourself in a fall. Your treatment depends on how bad the break is.
Your doctor may have put your wrist in a cast or splint. This will help keep your wrist stable and keep the bone in the right position. Sometimes surgery is needed to help keep the bone in position for good healing.
It will take several weeks to a few months for your wrist to heal. You can help it heal with care at home. You heal best when you take good care of yourself. Eat a variety of healthy foods, and don't smoke.
You may have had a sedative to help you relax. You may be unsteady after having sedation. It can take a few hours for the medicine's effects to wear off. Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, and feeling sleepy or tired.
The doctor has checked you carefully, but problems can develop later. If you notice any problems or new symptoms, get medical treatment right away.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results, keep a list of the medicines you take, and follow up with your doctor about your bone health.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Adaptation Date: 5/2/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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