Most people might think that managing a fracture is a simple matter of putting the broken ends together. There is actually more to it than you might think. The things that your physician must and should consider before attempting to fix the fracture include:
- The extent of the swelling typically, surgical correction is delayed if the swelling is too severe. The reason being that if an incision were to be made, it would be extremely difficult to close without too much skin tension. The need for a compressive dressing as well as elevation is paramount in controlling swelling.
- Open wounds or fracture blisters sometimes a fracture may be associated with an open wound. It is important that this wound is managed properly before surgical correction of any fracture. Fracture blisters are also a common complication of fractures and can be a source of controversy. Some say it is important to wait for the blisters to resolve before surgical correction whereas others say they can be lanced and managed at the same time as the fracture is managed.
- Vascular and Neurologic Stability fractures are considered a medical emergency with the need for immediate correction if pulses are unable to be palpated or sensation is unable to be appreciated.
- Dislocations vascular and neurologic status are often disrupted with dislocation. This is the main reason that immediate reduction of the fracture is important.
Once these items are evaluated and properly managed, fixation of the fracture can be correctly and effectively treated.
If you have experienced OR are experiencing a fracture and need a trained physician to care for you, please contact Dr. Bowman at at713-467-8886 or contact us online.
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Tags: Foot and ankle injuries, Fractures, Recovery, Surgery, Swelling