How to Remove an ORIF Pin

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A series of pins, screws and plates are used to hold severe bone fractures together.

ORIF -- or open reduction internal fixation -- is a surgical procedure that uses pins, plates and screws to repair severe bone fractures. Pins, plates and screws hold the injured bone in place as it heals, promoting proper healing and function of the affected bone. ORIF is commonly used to treat severe fractures of the ankle and wrist, but can be used on a variety of other body parts -- including your hip. The pins used during an ORIF can remain in your body or be removed at a later date, once healing is complete.

Instructions

    • 1

      Pay close attention to your injured body part. Once you are permitted to resume normal activities, you may notice pain or discomfort in your affected joint as you exercise or play sports. You may also experience pain or discomfort while performing daily activities -- or notice an increase in discomfort while the weather is cold or rainy.

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      Make an appointment with your surgeon if you experience pain and discomfort that you believe is related to your ORIF procedure. Your doctor may take x-rays -- to ensure proper healing of the bone -- and perform a physical examination. Options will then be discussed with you. Options can include activity modification, surgery to remove the pins or simply doing nothing.

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      Undergo pin removal surgery. Pin removal surgery is an outpatient procedure -- you will be permitted to return home as soon as you have awaken from anesthesia. Recovery from pin removal surgery is generally quick -- depending on the part of your body you have had pins removed from. You may have a dressing on your incision for a few days, or be required to use crutches or wear a brace.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pin removal from an ORIF requires the expertise of a medical professional.

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