Bone Fracture - Surgery

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Bone fracture surgery

Surgery on fractures are very much dependent on what bone is broken, where it is broken, and whether the orthopedic surgeon believes that the break is at risk for moving out of place once the bone fragments have been aligned. If the surgeon is concerned that the bones will heal improperly, an operation will be needed. Sometimes bones that appear to be aligned normally are splinted, and at a recheck appointment, are found to be unstable and require surgery at a later date.

Surgery can include closed reduction and casting, where under anesthesia, the bones are manipulated so that alignment is restored and a cast is placed to hold the bones in that alignment. Sometimes, the bones are broken in such a way that they need to have metal hardware inserted to hold them in place. Open reduction means that, in the operating room, the skin is cut open and pins, plates, or rods are inserted into the bone to hold it in place until healing occurs. Depending on the fracture, some of these pieces of metal are permanent (never removed), and some are temporary until the healing of the bone is complete and surgically removed at a later time.

Additional resources from WebMD Boots UK on Fractures

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Comment from: dee, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 11

I broke both my fibia and tibia in a fall 9 months ago. I had surgery which included having plates/pins put in. I have been having x/rays every 6 to 8 weeks as it seemed that one of my breaks wasn't healing as quick as it should. I had a gut feeling that something wasn't right with my fracture to which I found out when I had my most recent x/ray, yesterday. The consultant who participated in my op told me that one pin had detached from my bone and the other pin was on its way out and that my broken bone was actually holding on by a 'thread' and could fail at anytime. I am in constant pain and now I know why. But I would like to know whether the op wasn't done properly in the first place and how long has my pins been like this and they haven't noticed because on my last scan from 8 weeks ago it was never mentioned that my pins had detached. I think I need a second opinion on this one.

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