Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF)

Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, Hand Center - Baltimore

At The Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist and Hand Center at Mercy Medical Center, orthopedic surgeons specialize in the surgical treatment of fractures in the upper extremities. Patients in the Baltimore region seek the clinical expertise and surgical skills of Mercy's doctors when they have suffered from a fracture of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, or hand.  

What is Open Reduction Internal Fixation?

Open reduction internal fixation is a surgical procedure during which fractures, or broken bones, are repaired. Open reduction refers to the repositioning, known as reduction, of the bone during surgery. Internal fixation refers to the placement of plates and screws to keep the bone in place to facilitate healing. 

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Who should receive an Open Reduction Internal Fixation?

Patients who have fractures in the shoulder, elbow, wrist or hand may be candidates for open reduction internal fixation.

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When is an Open Reduction Internal Fixation the best option?

An open reduction internal fixation is the best treatment option for open fractures, which occur when a bone protrudes from the skin or a wound is open to the broken bone. 

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