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ORIF of an Elbow Fracture in Children

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

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

ORIF of an elbow fracture is surgery to fix a broken elbow. Open reduction means the bone is moved back into the correct position. Internal fixation means hardware (such as rods or pins) is used to hold the broken bone together while it heals.

Internal Fixation Device

How do I prepare my child for ORIF?

What will happen during ORIF?

What will happen 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 elbow fracture?

Nerves, ligaments, and muscles may be damaged during surgery. Your child's arm, hand, or fingers may become stiff, numb, or weak. The broken elbow may not heal properly. Your child may not be able to move the elbow the way he or she did before the injury. He or she may have trouble going back to his or her usual activities.

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