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Open reduction with internal fixation is a type of surgery to fix a broken (fractured) bone. The doctor makes a cut, called an incision, in the skin over the bone. The doctor then moves the pieces of bone back into the normal position. This is called open reduction. The doctor may use special screws, pins, plates, or rods to hold the bone in place while it heals. This is called internal fixation. These devices may stay in your child's body from now on. The doctor closes the incision with stitches. Your child will have a scar, but it will fade with time.
Your child may spend a few hours to a few days in the hospital. The length of the stay depends on how serious your child's injury is. It usually takes weeks to months for a broken bone to heal.
The doctor may give you specific instructions on when your child can do normal activities again, such as sports and going back to school or work. After the bone has healed, your child may need physiotherapy to make the area strong and flexible again.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Surgery can be stressful for both your child and you. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your child's surgery.
Adaptation Date: 3/2/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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