Open Reduction with Internal Fixation of the Hip
About Open Reduction with Internal Fixation of the Hip
Open reduction internal fixation of the hip is a method of surgically repairing a hip fracture. 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 in the proper alignment with some type of orthopedic implant. Common surgical implants used to hold broken bones include metal plates, screws, and rods. These implants stabilize the bones while healing takes place to ensure they heal in the right position.