When you suffer from a badly broken bone, an external fixation device may be implanted into the extremity to stabilize and re-align the bone for healing. The fixation device is comprised of a rod and pins or screws, which are attached to the bone. The screws on the outside of the extremity, connected to the rod, can be adjusted as necessary to ensure the bone stays properly aligned during treatment.
External fixation devices are used when bones are shattered, breaks in the bone are unstable, or joints are shattered or broken. Fractures and broken bones occur for a variety of reasons, including:
A broken or shattered bone is usually diagnosed by using an x-ray.
In order to insert the device into the bones, the following procedure must take place:
Care of the skin around the pin sites, which describes the area where the pins are inserted into the flesh, is very important to prevent infection while the device is in place. The device and pin area needs to be dry at all times to prevent infection or damage to the device.