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 body from now on. The doctor closes the incision with stitches. You will have
a scar, but it will fade with time.
You may spend from a few hours to a few days in the hospital. This depends on how serious your
injury is. It
usually takes 6 to 12 weeks for a broken bone to heal.
soon you can go back to work and your normal routine depends on your job. It also depends on how
long it takes your bone to heal. For example, if you have a broken leg and
you sit at work, you may be able to go back in 1 to 2 weeks. But if your job
requires you to walk or stand a lot, you may need to wait until your bone
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 if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your
test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Surgery can be
stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for surgery.
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Current as of:
May 23, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine
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