Humerus IM Rodding and ORIF
Some fractures that occur along the shaft of the humerus bone can be treated with conservative treatment that includes a fracture arm brace and/or cast. In more severe injuries where it is not possible to hold the correct alignment of the fracture with an external brace, surgery may be required. Surgical options include making an incision at the fracture site and placing a metal plate and screws to hold the fracture aligned. The other option is to make an incision at the shoulder or elbow region and insert a metal rod through the shaft of the bone to hold it aligned properly. This is called an intramedullary rod.
Both procedures provide rigid fixation where the bones can heal in the correct alignment. A major advantage of surgery is that patients can start to move their shoulder and elbow sooner to avoid any stiffness compared with bracing. In addition, healing is typically quicker with operative techniques.
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