Bone fracture treatment: Open reduction surgery

Whatever the cause of a bone fracture, be it accidents at work, public slips trips and falls, or a road traffic accident, it is likely to be a painful experience with a lengthy recovery period.

Personal injuries that result in bone fractures often require something called open reduction (and internal fixation) surgery.

So, what is open reduction surgery? Essentially, open reduction surgery is used to fix broken bones with the aid of metal screws, rods, pins or plates, which are used to hold the bone in place as the healing process begins.

It is used when a bone fracture injury cannot be healed properly by the use of casts or splints alone. This typically occurs in compound fractures that occur in joints such as wrists and ankles.

Injuries at work, or anywhere else for that matter, that require open reduction surgery tend to be significantly more serious and complicated than those that don’t and the surgery itself is not without risks.

Potential dangers of going under the knife for open reduction surgery on an injury include:

–  Infection

–  Blood clots

–  An allegoric reaction to the anaesthetic

However, these risks are apparent in almost all surgeries which require the use of general anaesthetic and open reduction surgery is not considered overly dangerous or risky in the grand scheme of things.

Surgery on bone fracture injuries can take several hours and goes something like this:

  1. An incision is made above the fracture, and the surrounding skin and muscle is pulled back to give access to the bone.
  2. The fractured bone or bones are then set into place. This is where the pins and rods etc. may be used. It’s possible that these metal supports become a permanent fixture.
  3. Any blood vessels that were damaged during the accident at work or elsewhere will also be repaired.
  4. The incision is closed and wrapped in a clean dressing. The limb will probably be put in a cast.

The injured area will be swollen after surgery and require ice, elevation, and painkillers.

Whatever the nature of your personal injury and its causes, Accident Advice Helpline can help you win the accident injury compensation you deserve thanks to a dedicated team with over 13 years’ experience in dealing with accident claims.

Their freephone advice line is available to call 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 0800 689 0500 and they work on a no win, no fee* basis.

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