A closed reduction is a procedure to line up the ends of a broken
(fractured) bone without the need for surgery. This will help the fractured
bone heal correctly. It may be done right after your injury or several days
Your doctor will
give you medicine to help you relax and help with pain. He or she will push or
pull the ends of the fractured bone until they line up. This part of the
procedure is called reduction. Then your doctor will put a cast or splint on
the affected arm or leg to help hold the bone in place while it heals. The
doctor will take an X-ray to check that the bone is properly lined up.
people go home right after the procedure. You will need someone to drive you
home. You may need extra help at home, especially if you live alone or provide
care for another person. You may have some mild bone pain or aching for 2 to 3
It usually takes 6 to 12 weeks for a fractured bone to
heal. This depends on your age, which bone you fractured, the type of fracture you have, and how badly the bone was injured. You will need to wear a
cast or splint until the bone has healed.
How soon you can return
to work and your normal routine depends on your job and how long it takes the
bone to heal. If you have a fractured leg and you sit at work, you may be able
to go back within several days. But if your job requires a lot of standing or
walking, you will need to wait until your fracture has healed.
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 call line
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.
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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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