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External Fixation of the Ulna

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

What is External Fixation of the Ulna?

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

Also Known As:

  • Arm surgery
  • Broken arm surgery
  • Bone surgery

Conditions Treated with External Fixation of the Ulna:

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

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

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

Anesthesia with External Fixation of the Ulna:

External fixation of the ulna 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 Ulna:

Possible risks following external fixation of the ulna 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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