Common questions

What is radial head Orif?

What is radial head Orif?

What is Radial Head ORIF and Replacement? Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) of the radial head is a surgical technique employed for the treatment of a radial head fracture to restore normal anatomy and improve range of motion and function.

How long does it take to recover from a radial head replacement?

After surgery, the arm is placed in a soft case for about 2 weeks and then therapy is initiated to regain function. Most patients recover fully with only minor limitation of function, but full recovery can take 3-6 months. The primary long term problem that develops after surgery is stiffness of the elbow joint.

What is open reduction internal fixation surgery?

Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) is a type of surgery used to stabilize and heal a broken bone. You might need this procedure to treat your broken ankle. Three bones make up the ankle joint. These are the tibia (shinbone), the fibula (the smaller bone in your leg), and the talus (a bone in your foot).

What does a radial head fracture feel like?

The most common symptoms of a radial head fracture include: Pain on the outside of the elbow. Swelling in the elbow joint. Difficulty in bending or straightening the elbow accompanied by pain.

When can I drive after ORIF surgery?

This corresponded to 12 weeks after surgery for extra-articular fractures and 18 weeks after intra-articular injuries. Thus, it can be recommended to resume driving 6 weeks after full-weight bearing on the right lower limb is achieved.

How painful is radial head replacement?

Pain – The elbow may be painful for some days after surgery. This is usually managed by taking appropriate pain relieving medication and activity modification. Bruising – Bruising may occur around the joint and the scar and usually resolves 2-3 weeks after surgery.

Is radial head surgery painful?

Immediately after you have undergone radial head excision surgery you will experience pain, swelling and stiffness in and around the elbow joint. You will feel significant instability in your elbow especially if you did not require the radial head to be replaced with an artificial implant.

How much does open reduction internal fixation cost?

When considering only direct costs, the incremental cost/utility ratio for open reduction and internal fixation ranges from $5438 per quality-adjusted life-year for the 25- to 34-year age group to $11,420 for the 55- to 64-year age group, and $29,850 for the > or =65-year age group.

When can I walk after ORIF surgery?

No walking on the foot is permitted until 6 weeks after surgery. You will then be allowed to walk in a walking boot.

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