Plates and screws are commonly utilized for fracture fixation in long bones and some short tubular bones of the...
Open Reduction Internal Fixation
Evolution of Open Reduction Internal Fixation
Open reduction internal fixation is performed in the operating room through an incision with dissection to expose the fractured bone. The surgeon will utilize clamps and wires in order to obtain a reduction of the bone by putting the broken pieces back together.
Once this reduction is obtained and temporarily held, the surgeon will place a plate and screws to hold the broken bone in the correct position so that the body can heal the fracture. The surgeon will then close the incision and place some form of dressing over the surgical site. In the vast majority of cases the plates and screws are intended to remain in place permanently without a need to return to the operating room.