Distal radius ORIF; complex

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What is a Distal Radius ORIF Complex?

A Distal Radius ORIF Complex is an orthopaedic procedure that is used to repair a broken (fractured) bone in the forearm near the wrist (distal radius).

Why would I get a Distal Radius ORIF Complex?

A Distal Radius ORIF Complex is typically reserved for patients who are unable to have their fractured bones in the forearm near the wrist repaired using a more traditional or conservative approach. The fracture must also be a severe fracture to require this procedure.

What happens during a Distal Radius ORIF Complex?

During a Distal Radius ORIF Complex, the doctor will make an incision and use special screws, plates, and rods to hold the bone in place so that it can heal properly. The incision is then closed with sutures and a cast may be placed on the arm to provide further immobilization.

What to expect after a Distal Radius ORIF Complex?

After a Distal Radius ORIF Complex procedure, patients can expect to experience some pain and swelling near the site of the incision. It is important to follow up with the doctor as they advise and to keep the arm in the cast for the recommended amount of time. Patients should also expect to have some difficulty moving the affected arm until the affected bone has healed completely.

Conclusion

A Distal Radius ORIF Complex is a procedure used to repair complex fractures near the wrist. Patients who undergo this procedure can expect to experience some pain and swelling at the site of the incision as well as some difficulty moving the affected arm until the bone has fully healed.

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