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Closed Reduction

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jan 5, 2023.

What do I need to know about closed reduction?

Closed reduction is a procedure to put the pieces of a broken bone back into the right place without surgery. Closed reduction is used when your bone is broken in one place and the bone pieces have not gone through the skin. It is also used when you do not need hardware such as pins, screws, or plates to hold the pieces of bone in place. It is best if closed reduction can be done as soon as possible after your bone is broken.

How do I prepare for closed reduction?

Your healthcare provider will talk to you about how to prepare for the procedure. Tell him or her what medicines and supplements you take. He or she may ask when you last ate or drank anything. Tell your healthcare provider if you have ever had an allergic reaction to anesthesia. Arrange for someone to drive you home.

What will happen during closed reduction?

You may be given anesthesia to numb the injured area. You may also be given sedative medicine to keep you relaxed during the procedure. You may instead be given general anesthesia to keep you asleep during the procedure. Your healthcare provider will move the broken pieces of bone back into the correct position. An x-ray will be done to make sure the bones are in the right place. A cast or splint will be placed on the area to keep the bones from moving while they heal.

What will happen after closed reduction?

You may need to stay in the facility for an hour or more after the procedure. Then you may be able to go home. Healing may take up to 12 weeks.

What are the risks of closed reduction?

The procedure may not work and you may need surgery to repair the broken bones. The bones may not grow back in the correct position. Your bone may not look like it did before you broke it. New breaks may occur during the procedure. There may be damage to nerves, blood vessels, and other soft tissues near your injury. You may get a blood clot in your limb. This may become life-threatening.

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