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External Fixation of the Foot

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

What is External Fixation of the Foot?

External fixation of the foot involves aligning and relocating a broken foot. An external frame is attached to the bone with pins.

Also Known As:

  • Foot surgery
  • Broken foot
  • Bone surgery

Conditions Treated with External Fixation of the Foot:

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

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

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

Anesthesia with External Fixation of the Foot:

External fixation of the foot 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 Foot:

Possible risks following external fixation of the foot 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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