Wrist Fractures: Do I Need Surgery?Richard “Alex” Sweet II, MD
The wrist is made up of two large bones and many small bones. The small bones of the hand (carpal bones) can be fractured (and some may require surgery) but are not discussed here. The main bones of the wrist are
the radius and ulna. Typically in a wrist fracture both of these bones are broken, however the radius is of paramount importance as it bears over 70% the weight of forces through the wrist.