Elbow Injury

ELBOW & WRIST

Elbow & Wrist Conditions Treated

Elbow Surgery

Elbow Related Patient Education

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Open Reduction Internal Fixation of Fractures

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 elbow.

The elbow joint is a hinge type of joint composed of three bones. The humerus (the upper arm bone) forms the joint with two bones of the forearm: the radius and the ulna. The ulna forms the bony point of the elbow.

Different kinds of injury can damage any of the three bones that form the elbow joint. This is especially common when you fall on an outstretched hand. The bone may fracture into two or more pieces. In certain types of elbow fractures, your bone has broken, but its pieces still line up correctly. In other types of fractures (displaced fractures), the injury moves the bone fragments out of alignment