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Overview: Closed reduction internal fixation or CRIF is a surgical procedure where a surgeon repairs a severe bone fracture in your leg, ankle or foot and realigns the bone into the normal position, to prevent deformity. Your bones will be held together with special implants made of stainless steel and titanium. Implants may include wires, rods, screws, and plates to stabilize the fracture.Learn More
You may be given local anesthesia that numbs the body area where the CRIF surgery will be done. With local anesthesia, you may remain slightly awake or sedated during surgery. You may feel pressure or pushing during the CRIF procedure, but you should not feel any pain.
Your CRIF doctor will use x-ray pictures to help move the bones to the correct position. Once the bones are positioned the way it should be, some pins and wires may be used to hold the bones in place. An incision may also be made to place flexible nails or rods. Then the incision will be closed with stitches. A splint or half cast may also be applied to prevent movement and to help the bones heal.
There is also a possibility that the fixation devices can cause fractures in parts of the bone. Hence, your bones may not heal properly. The devices may also cause irritation to your skin and tissues, leading to you requiring another surgery. Nerves, muscles, tendons, or blood vessels can also be damaged during a closed reduction internal fixation procedure.
Fibula: It is the outer and usually smaller of the two bones between the knee and ankle (or the equivalent joints in other terrestrial vertebrates), parallel with the tibia.
Tibia: It is the inner and typically larger of the two bones between the knee and ankle (or the equivalent joints in other terrestrial vertebrates), parallel with the fibulaLearn Less
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