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To treat a fracture, a physician may need to perform a "reduction.” This is a procedure to line up the broken pieces of the bone and set them back into place, so that the bone can heal properly. After a reduction procedure, the natural regenerative aspects of the bone will bring back a solid unity to the spot of the fracture. The cells on the ends of the bones and the blood vessels cause this healing process to occur over time.
Some reductions are classified as closed reductions and others as open reductions.
A doctor performs a closed reduction and can create unity between bone pieces, without surgery.
Severe fractures, like a comminuted fracture or an open fracture, require a surgical procedure called an open reduction. The procedure often involves the placement of "hardware," such as pins, metal plates, or metal rods, to hold together the badly broken bones.
After the bones heal, the doctor may do another surgery, to remove the metal pieces. In other cases, the hardware remains in place to ensure the integrity of the injured bone.
Regardless of the type of fracture that you or a loved one may have suffered, medical science has made tremendous strides in providing treatments to minimize the damage caused by fractures.
If you or a loved one suffered a broken bone that may have been caused by the fault of another person or product, talk with an experienced Michigan personal injury lawyer. Please submit a simple, free and confidential legal consultation form today.
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