This procedure is done to return a broken bone to its proper alignment. An open fracture reduction involves cutting through the skin to realign the bones during an operation. Screws and a plate or external support frame may be needed to hold the fragments in place.
This procedure is used if the bone is in many pieces, is difficult to reduce, or wasn't reduced with a closed reduction.
Fracture reduction is done for the following reasons:
- So that the bone can heal properly and more quickly
- To decrease pain and prevent later deformity
- To regain use of the bone and limb
Last reviewedAugust 2014by Michael Woods, MD
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