Fracture reduction - closed
Closed reduction is a procedure to set (reduce) a broken bone without surgery. This allows the bone to grow back together. It works best when it is done as soon as possible after the bone breaks.
A closed reduction can be done by an orthopedic surgeon (bone doctor) or a primary care provider who has experience doing this procedure.
A closed reduction can:
Your doctor will talk with you about the possible risks of a closed reduction. Some are:
Your risk of any of these problems is greater if you:
The procedure is often painful. You will receive medicine to block the pain during the procedure. You might receive:
After you receive pain medicine, your doctor will set the bone in the right position by pushing or pulling the bone. This is called traction.
After the bone is set:
If you do not have other injuries or problems, you will be able to go home a few hours after the procedure.
Do not place rings on your fingers or toes until your doctor tells you it is safe to do so.
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General principles of fracture care. In: Eiff MP, Hatch R, eds. Fracture Management for Primary Care. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 2.
Updated by: C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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