Ankle Fracture Surgery
About Ankle Fracture Surgery
Open Reduction Internal Fixation of the Ankle
Open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) of the ankle is a method of surgically repairing a fractured ankle. A two-step process, it first involves repositioning the broken bones to restore their normal alignment. This is called a fracture reduction. Because the fracture is being surgically repositioned, this is considered an open reduction. The second step is called internal fixation. This means the repositioned bones are held together to ensure they heal in the right position with special screws and metal plates attached to the outer surface of the bone. In some cases, a screw or rod inside the bone may be used to keep the bone fragments together while they heal.