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External Fixation of the Fibula

Posted On: 05-27-2015
External Fixation of the Fibula

What is External Fixation of the Fibula?

External fixation of the fibula involves aligning and relocating a fractured fibula. An external frame or rod is attached to the bone with pins inserted both below and above the fracture.

Also Known As:

  • Leg surgery
  • Broken leg surgery
  • Bone surgery

Conditions Treated with External Fixation of the Fibula:

External fixation of the fibula is used in cases of a broken fibula.

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to External Fixation of the Fibula:

A non-surgical alternative to external fixation of the fibula is casting. Open reduction and internal fixation for the fibula is a surgical alternative.

Anesthesia with External Fixation of the Fibula:

External fixation of the fibula is performed with a general anesthetic, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from External Fixation of the Fibula:

Possible risks following external fixation of the fibula include infection, bleeding, poor healing and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible to experience weakness, malunion and nonunion at the fracture site.

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