Pediatric and Adult
Bones are the hardest tissues in your body. Although bones are strong, they can split or break under too much pressure or force. A broken bone is called a fracture. Fractures can occur in a variety of ways. The most common causes of fractures are injuries, prolonged stress from overuse and pathologic fractures from bone weakening diseases, such as Osteoporosis or tumors.
There are many types of fractures. They can range from a hairline crack to a bone that has broken into several pieces. Simple fractures may only require casting or splinting treatments. More complex fractures may need surgical intervention to align the bones for proper healing and adequate function.
Surgery is recommended for fractures that do not heal properly or when the bones have broken in such a way that they are unlikely to remain aligned when set with a cast. There are several options for surgery. The type of surgery that you have will depend on the location and type of your fracture. You can have a general anesthesia for surgery or in some cases Dr. Jefferson can numb the area with a nerve block.
Surgical options include procedures called an Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF) or a Closed Reduction and External Fixation. ORIF refers to techniques that use surgical hardware to stabilize a fracture beneath your skin. Dr. Jefferson will make an incision and place your bones in the proper position for healing. He will secure the bones together with surgical hardware, such as rods, screws, or metal plates. Closed Reduction and External Fixation refers to techniques that use surgical hardware to stabilize a fracture from the outside of the skin. Dr. Jefferson will secure the bones with surgical pins that are placed through the outside of the skin. In some cases, the surgical pins are attached to a metal frame on the outside of the skin.
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