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ORIF of an Arm Fracture in Children

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of an arm fracture?

ORIF of an arm fracture is surgery to fix a broken arm bone. Open reduction means the bones are moved back into the correct position. Internal fixation means plates, screws, pins, or wires will be used to hold the bones in place while they heal.

Internal Fixation Device

How do I prepare my child for ORIF?

What will happen during ORIF?

What should my child expect after ORIF?

Your child will be taken to a room to rest until he or she is fully awake. Healthcare providers will monitor him or her closely for any problems. Do not let your child get out of bed until his or her healthcare provider says it is okay. When healthcare providers see that your child is okay, he or she may be able to go home.

What are the risks of ORIF for an arm fracture?

Your child's arm may become stiff, numb, or weak. The hardware may loosen and move out of place. The broken arm may not heal properly. Your child may not be able to move the arm the way he or she did before the injury. Your child's broken arm may not grow as long as the other arm. Your child may develop compartment syndrome (increased pressure in his or her arm). This can damage muscles and tissue. Your child may develop a life-threatening blood clot.

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