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    Fracture Surgery

    Leading Fracture Surgery at Apollo Hospitals, Bangalore

    We all have suffered complex traumas like car accidents, falls, sports injuries, etc., once in our life. These traumas always result in bone or joint fractures. To treat these fractures, doctors recommend undergoing fracture surgery. At Apollo Hospitals, Karnataka, we offer fracture treatment options to our patients. The surgery is performed under the supervision of experienced orthopaedic surgeons. Therefore, patients can regain strength and stability in their fractured bones with the help of an effective surgical approach backed by world-class equipment and infrastructure.

    What is Fracture Surgery?

    Fractures are caused due to complex traumas like accidents or sudden falls. To cure this medical condition, surgeons perform fracture surgery. In this surgical procedure, the fractured bone is realigned and stabilised using words, screws, rods, metal plates, etc. The procedure also requires physical therapy to regain mobility and strength. There are two popular techniques among many types of fracture surgery, including ORIF and CRIF. Let’s discuss the types in detail.

    Types of Fracture Surgery Procedure at Apollo Hospitals, Karnataka

    Some common types of fracture surgery performed at Apollo Hospitals are:

    • Open Reduction & Internal Fixation (ORIF) – In this procedure, the surgeon makes an incision to access the fractured bone. This broken bone is stabilised and realigned using metal rods, wires, plates or screws.
    • Closed Reduction & Internal Fixation (CRIF) – In this procedure, the broken bone is repositioned without making any incision. The damaged bone is supported by metal pins, wires and plates.
    • Bone Grafting – If there is bone loss or defect, bone grafting is done. In this, the bone is transplanted from another area of the body to the affected area.
    • Joint Replacement – In this type of surgery, the damaged joint is replaced with the artificial one.
    • External Fixation – In this surgery type, metal wires or pins are inserted into the bone at the site of fracture. These pins are attached to an external bar or frame to support the bone.

    Fracture Surgery Procedure at Apollo Hospitals, Karnataka

    At Apollo Hospitals, Karnataka, the fracture surgery procedure is carried out in the following way.

    Before the Procedure

    • You will have a consultation with your doctor, who will talk about your overall health, family medical history, or prior surgeries.
    • The attending doctor will ask you to undergo certain imaging tests, including a CT scan, MRI or X-ray, to assess the damaged bone and the severity of the fracture.
    • Some blood tests will also be performed to check your electrolyte levels, blood clotting functions and blood count.
    • Your doctor will give you some pre-operative instructions, including fasting and medication instructions, surgery preparation, etc.

    During the Procedure

    Firstly, you will be given regional or general anaesthesia so you don’t feel any pain during the surgery. Then, the surgeon will make an incision at the fracture site to access the bone. He will reposition the bone with the help of screws, wires, plates or rods and will fix these hardware tools. The type of surgical procedure will depend on the extent of the damage. After fixing the bone, the surgeon will close the incision with staples or sutures and apply a dressing to protect the wound.

    After the Procedure

    After fracture surgery, you will be moved to the recovery room. There, the medical staff will monitor your heart rate, temperature, breathing rate and blood pressure. You may be asked to stay in the hospital, depending on your condition or injury. You will also be given a recovery plan, including follow-up appointments.

    Recovery Period

    Multiple factors, such as fracture severity, surgery type, overall health, etc., determine the recovery period. Generally, it will take 6 to 8 weeks to recover from the surgery. You are advised to follow post-operative instructions to avoid risks and complications.

    Complications & Risks of Fracture Surgery

    Complications that may occur after the fracture surgery are:

    • Infection
    • Blood clots
    • Poor healing
    • Chronic pain
    • Instability in bone
    • Allergic reactions due to anaesthesia
    • Hardware or equipment failure
    • Nerve damage
    • Bleeding
    • Swelling

    Who is not eligible for Fracture Surgery?

    Some factors that make a person ineligible for complex trauma or fracture surgery are:

    • Overall health – Patients with poor health or medical conditions, such as diabetes, lung or heart disease, etc., are not good candidates for surgery.
    • Osteoporosis – Patients with osteoporosis may have weakened or unstable bones that are at high risk of damage during the surgery.
    • Age – Elderly people are ineligible for surgery due to increased risks of bone damage, infections and other conditions.
    • Pregnancy – To protect the child, the surgery is contraindicated depending on the pregnancy stage.
    • Mental health – Patients with poor mental health make surgery risky by not participating in postoperative care.
    • Infection – If there is an infection at the surgical site, the surgery is postponed or contraindicated.

    Complex trauma or fracture surgery is a one-stop solution to treat damaged bones. The surgery can be performed in various ways to provide stability and strength to the joints. At Apollo Hospitals, Karnataka, our orthopaedic surgeons aim to provide complete care and a quality lifestyle to our patients. Our trained medical staff deals with traumatic conditions efficiently and patiently. Also, Apollo Hospitals, Karnataka, has a 24/7 traumatic unit where trauma patients are treated without any delay for successful results.

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