About Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
Open reduction and internal fixation surgery is used to fix and/or repair a displaced or unstable fractures or in some cases, a dislocation of a joint using metal screws, plates or wires. These are placed on the bone to keep it in place whilst the bone heals.
In general, ORIF surgery is often an urgent type of surgery for trauma related injuries.
Signs & Symptoms
An ORIF is performed when the injury sustained cannot heal properly with a plaster cast or splint alone, within conservative management measures.
The surgery is usually performed to help reduce pain and restore mobility by helping the bone heal in the right position.
Risks & Concerns
Risks and side effects from ORIF surgery include;
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
- Need for further surgery
- Failure to relieve symptoms
- Worsening pain
- Neurovascular deficit or injury
- Risk of anaesthetic
- Metalwork failure or complications
- Blood Clot
- Reduced or lost mobility
- Tendon or ligament damage
If you experience any problems or have any concerns following your surgery, please do not hesitate to contact the office. Mr. Lawson-Smith’s staff with ensure that Mr. Lawson-Smith is kept informed of what is occurring and will advise you the best course of action.
If you are unable to reach the office, please do not hesitate to contact your GP or if it is an emergency, please present to your nearest Emergency Department.