Fracture Reduction—Closed
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Fracture Reduction—Closed?

This procedure is done to return a broken bone to its proper alignment. A closed fracture reduction involves setting the bone without cutting into the skin.

Broken Bones in the Arm
Broken Bones in the Arm
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Fracture reduction is done for the following reasons:

  • So that the bone can heal properly and more quickly
  • To decrease pain and prevent later deformity
  • To regain use of the bone and limb

Possible Complications

Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a fracture reduction, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

  • Nerve damage
  • Fat particles from the bone marrow or blood clots from veins that can dislodge and travel to the lungs
  • Need for surgery if the bone does not heal properly
  • Reaction to anesthesia

Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:

  • Advanced age
  • An open fracture (broken bone is sticking out of skin)
  • Pre-existing medical condition
  • Diabetes
  • Use of steroid medicine
  • Smoking

Be sure to discuss these risks with your doctor before the procedure.

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