What is fracture surgery?
A fracture is a broken bone. Many bone fractures can be repaired simply by setting the bone and then casting it for a period of time. In some cases, however, a surgical procedure to repair a complex fracture may be necessary.
Open reduction/internal fixation is a procedure that uses screws or plates to repair the bone, and hold it in place while it heals. The entire procedure is completed under the skin. Open reduction/external fixation involves the placement of an external fixation device—a frame—to support the bone and hold it in place while it heals.
What types of conditions are treated with fracture surgery?
Fractures can occur in any of the bones within the body.
Is fracture surgery covered by insurance?
Yes, this type of surgery is covered by insurance and Medicare.
How quickly can I get back to my regular routine?
In most cases, the recovery from fracture surgery will take approximately 6 to 8 weeks. The time to recover will depend on the fracture type and location.
Are there any side effects to fracture surgery?
Any surgery carries a small risk of infection, blood vessel or nerve damage. Major complications are rare and can include osteomyelitis, delayed union, nonunion, malunion, premature physeal closure and sarcoma.