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Open Reduction Internal Fixation Specialist

Ortho 1 Medical Group

Orthopedic Specialists located in La Jolla, CA & Chula Vista, CA

Open reduction internal fixation is a two-step procedure to safely repair a broken bone. At Ortho 1 Medical Group, the experienced orthopedic surgeons offer open reduction and internal fixation surgery to ensure that you retain full function and can do the things you enjoy. Book your appointment online today or call the office nearest you in San Diego, Chula Vista, La Jolla, or Coronado, California.

Open Reduction Internal Fixation Q&A

What is open reduction internal fixation?

Open reduction internal fixation is a surgery to repair fractures (broken bones) in areas like the shoulder, elbow, hand, and wrist.

In this procedure, the Ortho 1 Medical Group team repositions your fracture to line it up correctly and then secures the bone in place using internal hardware like plates, pins, screws, and rods.

The goal of open reduction internal fixation is to position your fracture for the best healing so that you can later resume the full use of that body part.

When might I need open reduction internal fixation?

You might need open reduction internal fixation if you have a severe bone fracture, one that fits into one of the following categories:

Displaced fractures

In a displaced fracture, the ends of the bones don’t line up. This means that the bones can’t heal correctly without being moved back into alignment.

Unstable fractures

Unstable fractures are those that remain in place but can easily shift out of place. This kind of fracture can’t withstand normal weight-bearing or routine use, so it requires open reduction internal fixation to restore it to normal function.

Multiple fractures

When a bone breaks in more than one place, treatment can be far more complex than treating a single fracture. This makes open reduction internal fixation the best choice to stabilize and heal the fractures.

Ortho 1 Medical Group could also recommend open reduction internal fixation in other situations.

How does open reduction internal fixation work?

Open reduction internal fixation starts with an incision above the fracture and the bone realignment (the reduction). Internal hardware is used to secure your fractured bone into its proper position for healing. You’ll receive general anesthesia, so you’ll sleep throughout the procedure.

What happens after open reduction internal fixation surgery?

Open reduction internal fixation surgery is major surgery, so it takes some time to recover. Following open reduction internal fixation surgery, you’ll start physical therapy to boost your strength and mobility.

Usually, this includes home exercises. Sticking strictly to your physical therapy routine makes a big difference in your recovery, so it’s essential to closely follow the physical therapist’s instructions.

The Ortho 1 Medical Group team guides you through recovery to a safe return to your normal activities. After you’re fully healed, you might need another procedure to remove the hardware in several months. In some cases, though, the hardware remains permanently in place.

The team designs the best surgical and recovery plan for your unique needs.

To achieve the best healing, you need the ideal surgical repair. Call the Ortho 1 Medical Group office today or use the online scheduling link to learn more about this procedure.