An Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF) surgery is a major and urgent surgery to repair severely damaged bones. Under a professional surgeon, there is a high chance of recovery, and you are likely to be able to resume normal activities swiftly.Book Appointment
An open reduction internal fixation (ORIF) surgery is a procedure performed by an orthopaedic surgeon to repair severely damaged bones. The term “open reduction” refers to the incision process to re-adjust the bones. “Internal fixation” refers to the usage of hardware such as metal pins, rods, screws and plates to secure the bones and hold them together.
An ORIF surgery is performed for acute fractures that cannot be fixed with a standard cast or splint, and the damage usually involves the joints.
Generally, ORIF is an emergency surgery and may be recommended if your bone:
ORIF may also be performed if your bone was previously re-aligned without an incision (closed reduction) and did not heal properly.
After the surgery, your blood pressure, breathing and pulse will be monitored. Depending on the severity of the fracture and the extent of the surgery, you may be discharged the day after your surgery or be required to be hospitalised for a few days.
Generally, it will take approximately 3 to 12 months for complete recovery. However, the recovery period differs for each patient, depending on the extent and location of the fracture and whether any complications develop after the surgery.
Before the surgery, you might receive a physical examination for your doctor to assess your situation. Following this, several imaging and diagnostic tests such as an x-ray, MRI scan or blood test may be performed to further examine your broken bone.
During the surgery, you will be administered with general anaesthesia (to prevent pain) before your surgeon makes an incision on the skin of your injured site to re-align the affected bone back to its original position.
Afterwards, metal hardware such as a screw, rod or plate will be attached to the bone to secure it. The type of metal hardware used depends on the type and location of the fracture.
Finally, the incision will be closed with stitches or staples and covered with a bandage. A cast or splint may be worn on the limb to promote healing.
Senior Consultant, MBBS (Singapore), MMed (Ortho), FRCSEd (Ortho)
Dr. Ong Kee Leong is a fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon. He subspecializes in shoulder and knee, foot and ankle, hand wrist and elbow surgeries, arthroscopic sports surgery, and the management of sports-related injuries.
He has been registered with the Singapore Medical Council as a specialist in Orthopaedic Surgery since 2011.
Consultation fees are charged based on length of consultation, and start from SGD$150 (within 30 minutes).
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If you are insured and would like to use a Letter of Guarantee (LOG) from the major insurers in Singapore, please contact us and our friendly clinic staff will assist you and provide more information if required.
Yes, you can. Our Clinic is an accredited day surgery clinic by the Ministry of Health. Singaporeans and Permanent Residents may use their Medisave for eligible orthopaedic inpatient procedures and hospitalizations.
The exact amount would depend on the complexity of the procedure. If you have any enquiries, feel free to speak to our friendly clinic staff about using your Medisave account.
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