Treatment of fractures:
During this operation, the bone fragments are firstrepositioned (reduced) into their normal alignment, and then held together with special screws orby attaching metal plates to the outer surface of the bone. The fragments may also be heldtogether by inserting rods down through the marrow space in the center of the bone. Thesemethods of treatment can reposition the fracture fragments very exactly. Because of the risks ofsurgery, however, and possible complications, such as infection, they are used only when suchtreatment is to be the most likely to restore the broken bone to normal function.
Open reduction and internal fixation