The basic goal of fracture fixation is to stabilize the fractured bone, to enable fast healing of the injured bone, and to return early mobility and full function of the injured extremity.
Fractures can be treated conservatively or with external and internal fixation. Conservative fracture treatment consists of closed reduction to restore the bone alignment. Subsequent stabilization is then achieved with traction or external splinting by slings, splints, or casts. Braces are used to limit range of motion of a joint. External fixators provide fracture fixation based on the principle of splinting.
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.
There are three basic types of external fixators: standard uniplanar fixator, ring fixator, and hybrid fixator.
The numerous devices used for internal fixation are roughly divided into a few major categories: wires, pins and screws, plates, and intramedullary nails or rods.
Features & Benefits
If you have a broken bone or need to realign your bone after surgery, your doctor may recommend a mini fragment external fixator. This device is a type of external fixation system that helps stabilize your bone and promote healing. In this article, we'll discuss the mini fragment external fixator in detail, including its uses, benefits, and potential risks.
A mini fragment external fixator is a medical device used to stabilize bones that have been fractured or need realignment after surgery. It consists of metal pins or wires that are inserted into the bone on either side of the fracture or surgical site. The pins or wires are then connected to an external frame, which is adjusted to hold the bone in place while it heals.
The mini fragment external fixator works by providing rigid stabilization to the affected bone. This reduces movement at the site of the fracture or surgical incision, which allows the bone to heal more effectively. The device is adjustable, so your doctor can fine-tune the amount of force applied to the bone to promote optimal healing.
The mini fragment external fixator offers several benefits, including:
By stabilizing the affected bone, the device reduces the risk of further injury or complications.
The mini fragment external fixator promotes faster healing by holding the bone in place and reducing movement.
The device can help reduce pain associated with bone fractures or realignment after surgery.
Since the device is external, there is a lower risk of infection compared to internal fixation devices.
As with any medical device, there are some potential risks associated with the mini fragment external fixator. These include:
Although the risk of infection is lower than with internal fixation devices, there is still a risk of infection at the pin or wire insertion site.
In rare cases, the pins or wires used to hold the bone in place may migrate or move, which can lead to further complications.
The external frame may cause skin irritation or pressure sores if it is not properly adjusted or if the patient is not properly cared for.
The length of time you need to wear the mini fragment external fixator depends on the severity of your injury and the rate of healing. Your doctor will monitor your progress and adjust the device as necessary. In most cases, the device is worn for several weeks to several months.
The mini fragment external fixator is a useful tool for stabilizing bone fractures or realignment after surgery. It offers several benefits, including improved stability, faster healing, reduced pain, and lower risk of infection. However, there are some potential risks associated with the device, including infection, pin or wire migration, and skin irritation. If your doctor recommends a mini fragment external fixator, be sure to follow all instructions for proper use and care.