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Fracture Reduction—Closed
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Fracture Reduction—Closed Side Effects and Warnings

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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.

Call Your Doctor

After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

  • Severe or unusual pain that is not relieved by pain medicine
  • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
  • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
  • Numbness and/or tingling in the injured extremity
  • Loss of movement in the fingers or toes of the injured arm or leg
  • The cast feels too tight
  • Burning or stinging sensations under the cast
  • Redness of the skin around the cast
  • Persistent itching under the cast
  • Cracks or soft spots develop in the cast
  • Chalky white, blue, or black discoloration of fingers, toes, arm, or leg

In case of an emergency, CALL 911.

 
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