How is radial dysplasia treated?
Treatment for radial dysplasia depends on the severity of the condition and often includes occupational or physical therapy. Therapy may include stretching, play and activities, splinting or even casting.
Surgery for radial dysplasia
Treatment depends on the child’s overall health and whether surgery can improve the position, movement and function in the arm, wrist and hand.
- “Wrist centralization” is the name of a surgery done to put the wrist in the normal position.
- For children born with a small thumb or a thumb that is missing, see thumb hypoplasia/aplasia.
- Surgery may involve bones, tendons, ligaments, muscles, joints and/or nerves.
- Cuts are made in the area to do the surgery and are closed with stitches.
- If your child is sick any time during the week before surgery, it is important to call the Hand and Upper Extremity Program to find out if the surgery should be rescheduled. The hand nurse is available Monday through Friday for any questions you might have before the surgery.
What to expect after the surgery
- Your child will be monitored in the Post-Anesthesia Recovery Unit (PACU) for 1-2 hours. As soon as your child is awake, the PACU nurse will let you join him/her.
- After surgery, your child’s arm will have bandages and, most likely, there will be a cast placed over the bandages.
Why choose Children’s Colorado for your child’s radial dysplasia?
Our Hand and Upper Extremity Program team at Children’s Colorado provides a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to the care of your child. This means you have access to leading specialists from multiple departments who work together to treat your child.
Your child’s care team includes pediatric experts from orthopedic surgery, physical medicine, rehabilitation, occupational therapy and nursing.