ORIF (Open Reduction Internal Fixation) Treatment and Recovery
Fractured and Broken Ankle Surgery Therapy
Unfortunately, severe injuries such as broken ankles and fractured ankles may require surgery to help set the bones or guide them back to their normally functioning state. Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF) is an operation that involves inserting implants to help set and guide the healing process of a bone. These implants, or internal fixators, are generally made of stainless steel or titanium, and can include things such as bone screws, metals plates, pins and rods.
What is ORIF (Open Reduction Internal Fixation)?
The name Open Reduction Internal Fixation refers to the process that takes place during the surgery. Open reduction refers to the open surgery that is often necessary to set the bones, and internal fixation refers to the usage of pins, screws, rods, or other healing devices. ORIF is used in cases of a severe break or when it’s obvious the bone won’t heal correctly on its own, or through regular casting or splinting.
ORIF (Open Reduction Internal Fixation) Ankle Therapy and Recovery
Cryo, or cold, therapy is recommended for patients recovering from ORIF surgery. Cryo therapy helps to reduce the blood flow to the area, limiting swelling and preventing damage to the surrounding tissue. This is important for recovery because it keeps harmful fluids from leaking into the affected region, which can lead to more damage and longer recovery times.
Once swelling has been controlled, blood vessels can then bring in healthy, oxygen-rich blood which begins the healing process. For ORIF patients, it is essential that swelling be dealt with and managed early to better aid in healing.
It is also important that patients be given the ability to treat ORIF recovery in comfort. AnkleAid’s unique design allows the patient to place their ankle at a comfortable angle, giving them the opportunity to fully treat their ankle without the risk of reinjuring the area.