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Plate and Screw Fixation of the Femur

Posted On: 04-19-2016
Plate and Screw Fixation of the Femur

What is Plate and Screw Fixation of the Femur?

During plate and screw fixation of the femur, a broken femur is aligned and stabilized with use of a metal plate and screws.

Also Known As:

  • Femur surgery
  • Leg surgery
  • Internal fixation of the femur
  • Open reduction and internal fixation of the femur

Conditions Treated with Plate and Screw Fixation of the Femur:

Plate and screw fixation of the femur may be performed in cases of a broken femur. 

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Non-Surgical or Other Surgical Alternatives to Plate and Screw Fixation of the Femur:

Non-surgical alternatives to plate and screw fixation of the femur include casting and traction. External fixation of the femur and intramedullary fixation of the femur are surgical alternatives to the procedure.

Anesthesia with Plate and Screw Fixation of the Femur:

Plate and screw fixation of the femur is performed under general anesthesia, which means that the patient is asleep and completely unaware during the procedure.

Potential Complications from Plate and Screw Fixation of the Femur:

Possible risks following plate and screw fixation of the femur include infection, bleeding and a negative reaction to the anesthesia. It is also possible for the fracture site to be weak and for the area to heal poorly.

Recovery from Plate and Screw Fixation of the Femur:

Total recovery from plate and screw fixation of the femur takes three to six months. 

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