What is external fixation of ankle?

August 18, 2019 Off By idswater

What is external fixation of ankle?

External fixation is a method of holding bones and joints in proper position without screws and plates that would otherwise remain in your foot indefinitely. A benefit of this technique is early weight bearing on the surgical foot and faster bone healing.

How long does external fixation stay on?

Typical external fixator patients wear the device from four to twelve months. The severity of the problem you need reconstructed, your health, weight and other factors play a role in the length of time you will need to wear the external fixator.

What is the difference between internal fixation and external fixation?

Fixation can be: Internal: Involves the use of devices internally (under the skin) positioned within the patient’s body. External: The devices are screwed into fractured bones to exit the skin and are attached to a stabilizing structure outside the body.

What to do after external fixator is removed?

You may remove bandages the day after the fixator is removed and replace them with Band-Aids. You may shower once the pin/wire sites have scabbed over. (Wait at least 48 hours.) Once the scars are healed over, gently rub/massage your skin three times a day for three to five weeks to help soften the scars.

What is purpose of external fixation?

An external fixation device may be used to keep fractured bones stabilized and in alignment. The device can be adjusted externally to ensure the bones remain in an optimal position during the healing process. This device is commonly used in children and when the skin over the fracture has been damaged.

How do you get rid of external fixation?

The tension is taken out of the external fixator as much as possible by undoing the nuts and bolts. The wires are cut close to the skin at one side, cleaned with antiseptic cleanser and pulled out at the other side. This procedure usually takes up to 30 minutes in total.

Which is better internal or external fixation?

A study from an international agency compared internal and external fixation long-term results and found that patients treated with internal fixation had better results anatomically, but did not demonstrate better functionality.