Bone fracture surgery is a surgery to fix a broken bone using metal screws, pins, rods, or plates to hold the bone in place. It is also known as open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery.
Bone fracture surgery is used when a broken bone does not heal properly with casting or splinting alone. Improper healing that requires ORIF surgery can occur in cases of compound fractures and fractures that involve joints, such as wrists and ankles. Bone fracture repair surgery can take several hours. The surgeon begins by making an incision in the skin above the fracture. The fractured bone is then set into place using metal screws, pins, rods, or plates to secure the bone in place. These can be either temporary or permanent.
Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) can offer several benefits compared to conservative treatment, because athletes can get back on the field sooner.
Whether you need surgery to treat a fracture or a cast depends on the type of fracture you have and where it is. Some fractures don’t heal well if they are treated using a cast.
Physiotherapy and exercise can build up strength in your bones and muscles, which will help you to get back full movement in your arm or leg.