When a bone is broken, it may be necessary to re-align the bones for proper healing. A closed fracture reduction is done without making an incision in the skin, and allows the doctor to simply set the bones in place before covering with a cast or splint. A closed fracture reduction is typically done when a bone has a single breakage point and has not punctured the skin.
A broken bone can occur for a variety of reasons, including:
To determine if the bone is broken in a single place, an x-ray of the site will be taken. A physical exam will also be done to examine the injured extremity and check for blood flow, sensitivity or bruising.
In order to set a broken bone, your doctor will complete the procedure in the following manner:
Depending on your pain levels or reaction to the anesthesia, you may be sent home after the procedure is completed or kept for observation. While there are rarely complications, they do exist.