What is Closed Reduction Fracture?

A closed reduction of a fracture is a type of procedure that involves setting a broken bone without making an incision in the skin.

Effects of Closed Reduction Fracture

With this procedure, the bone should heal in a normal position and the patient will regain the use of the bone and the limb it serves. The pain from the broken bone will be relieved with this procedure.

Candidates for Closed Reduction Fracture

A closed reduction procedure is recommended if your bone is broken in one place and has not broken the skin and you do not need plates, pins, or screws put in the bone to help hold it in place.

Your Consultation

Patients who will be getting general anesthesia, should not eat or drink anything after midnight and the morning before the procedure.

The Closed Reduction Fracture Procedure

Before the procedure, you will be given a local, regional or general anesthetic to numb you from the pain. Sometimes a sedative may also be given to relax you and reduce anxiety.

Initially, the doctor will push the broken bone into a position where it can properly heal. Then the doctor will put the limb in a cast or splint to keep the bone in place. There may be rare cases in which your limb may be put in traction with ropes, pulleys and weights to help keep the bone in place until it can be safely treated with a cast.

Recovery

A hospital stay is not necessary. You may go home later in the day depending on how you are doing. It is likely that you may have a splint, dressing or cast to help keep the bone in place during the healing process. Talk to your health care provider and ask what steps you should take and when you should return for a check-up.

Risks

Aside from the risks of general anesthesia, there are other complications with this procedure. For one, the bone may grow together in a different way than it was originally and may not be perfectly lined up. There may also be a loss of feeling in the area of the break if a nerve is damaged. And if an artery is near the fracture, it could be damaged too.

FAQs

What are fractures?

Fractures are broken bones and can cause pain and make it difficult or impossible to use the part of the body that is injured. Treatment of fractures depends on the type and location of the fracture, if there are other injuries, and also how serious those injuries are.

What is a closed fracture?

A closed fracture is described as a broken bone that does not penetrate the skin. This is an important distinction because when a broken bone penetrates the skin, immediate treatment is necessary and an operation is usually required to clean the area of the fracture. And because of the risk of infection, there are more problems associated with healing when a fracture is open to the skin.

What are the different treatments for fractures?

The types of treatment for fractures are closed reduction, traction, open reduction and internal fixation, external fixation, casts and splints, and also functional casts or braces.

What are the benefits of these treatments?

Treatment of fractures will lead to a completely healed well-aligned bone that functions well. The bone should look good when healed and should not be deformed. The treatment should allow the person to resume work as soon as possible.

What happens during a closed reduction fracture procedure?

In this procedure, external fixation is performed without making a cut. Initially, a closed reduction is done to put the bones in place. Then, pins or screws are put through the skin and bone above and below the fracture. These are connected to metal bars on the outside of the skin in order to form a frame around the fracture. This frame will then keep the bone pieces in place. The fixation device is removed only when the healing is complete.