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Open Reduction-Internal Fixation Treatment & Diagnostics in Koramangala, Bangalore

Open Reduction-Internal Fixation

Open reduction-internal fixation (ORIF) is a joint replacement surgery for severely damaged bones. ORIF is used only for treating critically unstable, displaced or joint fractures. This surgery stabilizes the bones.
You can avail of this surgery at the best orthopaedic hospitals in Bangalore. You can also search for orthopaedic surgery near me.

What exactly is an open reduction-internal fixation?

This procedure is performed by an orthopaedic surgeon. The surgeon realigns the fractured bones by making an incision and then fixes the bones permanently with the help of metal hardwares like plates, sutures, metal pins or rods which help to keep the bones in place and heal them. ORIF is generally performed for serious ankle, legs, hip, knee, wrist and elbow fractures.

Who qualifies for this surgery? Why is this done?

  • Person with multiple fractures of the bone
  • Person with displaced bone
  • Person with previously realigned bone but without open reduction
  • If your bone is sticking out of the skin
  • Person with improperly lined joints

What are the benefits of ORIF?

  • This surgery has an extremely high success rate.
  • Decreases the pain and helps in restoring the bone functioning.
  • Restores mobility and keeps the bone at the correct position.

What are the risks/complications associated with ORIF?

  • Blood transfusion
  • Bacterial infection due to the cut or hardware
  • Allergic reaction to anesthesia
  • Blood clot formation and nerve damage
  • Dislocation of hardware placed
  • Pain and swelling in the operated bone
  • Unbearable pressure in the legs and arms
  • Muscle spasms

Sometimes surgery needs to be done again when hardware gets infected.

People with problems like obesity, diabetes, liver disease and arthritis are at a higher risk of developing complications after this surgery.
Consult your doctor if you develop any of these. Consult the best orthopaedic surgeon in Koramangala.

When do you need to call a doctor?

  • Having persistent fever post surgery 
  • Sores development near the operated bone 
  • Blue, pale, cold or swollen fingers and toes
  • Shortness of breath or chest pain
  • High heart rate 
  • Pain even after medications
  • Burning, itching or redness around the hardware
  • Bleeding or discharge from the incision 

You can request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Koramangala, Bangalore.

Call 1860 500 2244 to book an appointment.

How to do selfcare at home after surgery?

  • Taking medicines on time: Make sure that you take prescribed medicines and over- the-counter pain medicines at the correct time.
  • Properly clean the incision: Change the dressing with clean hands, make sure that you maintain proper hygiene in the operated area to avoid any kind of bacterial infection.
  • Elevate the affected part: Your doctor may tell you to lift the affected limb for the first 48 hours above the heart level. He/she can also instruct you to apply ice to reduce swelling of the bone.
  • Do not pressurise the affected limb: Do not use the affected limb for routine activities until it properly heals. Make sure that you use crutches or a wheelchair or sling, if given.
  • Make sure that you go for physical therapies for faster recovery.

How long does it take to recover post surgery?

Although the ideal period of recovery is between 3 to 12 months, it still depends on patient age, health conditions, type and severity of the fracture and post-surgery rehabilitation as well as post-surgery complications.

What are the other alternatives to ORIF?

ORIF is performed when all the other alternatives fail. ORIF is used for severe fractures that cannot be treated by other procedures.

How painful ORIF could be?

Depending upon type, severity and location of the fracture, this surgery can take several hours. Surgery is performed after administering anesthesia and post surgery pain is controlled using medicines.

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