Broken bones can be fixed in a variety of ways. Some of the most common procedures we do are:
- Closed Reduction and Percutaneous Pinning (CRPP): Instead of opening the injury up to the fracture, the skin remains closed and pins are inserted through the skin (percutaneous) to help set the bones back in place.
- Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF): For more serious fractures, the skin is opened up and the bones are set back in place internally with hardware such as plates and screws.
- External Fixation (“ex fix”): This treatment involves inserting pins around the fracture and attaching them to a stabilizing frame that is outside of the body. Some devices allow for patients to make gradual adjustments at home to help align and heal the fracture over time.
- Casting: Most fractures that are treated with CRPP or ORIF are then placed into a cast for a few weeks to prevent the arm/leg from moving while the bone heals.