Humerus IM Rodding and ORIF
In most cases, a fracture in the humerus bone is set in place by an exterior cast or brace and open reduction internal fixation techniques, which allow it to heal correctly and cause minimal pain to the patient. However, in more severe injuries, such as multiple fractures/traumas, pathologic fractures, or other situations where the alignment of the bones cannot be maintained by an outside force, an intramedullary rod may be used.
This provides a rigid inner structure that the bones can be affixed to so they heal in the correct formation. The rod used in this treatment may be left in the arm permanently as long as it does not begin to cause pain and other symptoms.