Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF) is a type of surgery used to fix broken bones. This is a two-part surgery. First, the broken bone is reduced or put back into place. Next, an internal fixation device is placed on the bone; this can be screws, plates, rods, or pins used to hold the broken bone together.

Why Open Reduction Internal Fixation is performed?

This surgery will be done to repair fractures that would not heal correctly with casting or splinting alone.

What are the complications of ORIF?

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have this procedure, Dr Kevin Yip will review a list of possible complications which may include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Reaction to anesthesia
  • Blood clots

How is Open Reduction Internal Fixation performed?

Each ORIF surgery differs based on the location and type of fracture. An ORIF surgery can take several hours depending on the fracture and the bone involved. Generally it will take approximately one to two hours.

In general, Dr Kevin Yip will:

  • a breathing tube may be placed to help you breathe while you are asleep
  • Dr Kevin Yip will wash your skin with an antiseptic and make an incision
  • the broken bone will be put back into place
  • a plate with screws, a pin, or a rod that goes through the bone will be attached to the bone to hold the broken parts together
  • The incision will be closed with staples or stitches
  • A dressing and/or cast will then be applied.
Open Reduction Internal Fixation Surgery of the Ankle

Open Reduction Internal Fixation Surgery of the Ankle

Post Rehabilitation of Open Reduction Internal Fixation

  • You will be asked to get out of bed and walk 2-3 times a day to prevent complications.
  • You will begin physical therapy to learn how to move. You will also be shown exercises to regain muscle strength and range of motion.
  • You will be asked to cough and breathe deeply to prevent pneumonia
  • Your affected limb will be elevated above your heart to decrease swelling.
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