Osteosynthesis

Broken bones - known also in medical parlance as fractures - are caused by physical stresses that the bone is unable to withstand. They can be contributed to inadvertently by blows, knocks and falls.

Following fractures, the bones are brought back into their original position. Depending on the severity and type of the fracture, we use either conservative methods or surgical methods. For simple fractures, we simply need to strap the affected toe or finger, for example, using plasters or dressings to the neighbouring toe or finger. Otherwise, we usually treat uncomplicated fractures with plaster of Paris or a synthetic dressing.

For complicated and severe fractures, we often carry out a surgical procedure known as osteosynthesis that brings the bones back together again. We use metal implants inside the body to hold the bones in position. Depending on the situation, we may use certain types of plate, screws or nails with the implants. In contrast to conservative therapy, osteosynthesis offers the major advantage that weight can quickly be borne on the injured arm or leg again after surgery.

Osteosynthesis is also carried out if bones are to be divided deliberately for therapeutic reasons, e.g. in the case of corrective osteotomies.

Since our clinic does not have an outpatient department, we only treat fractures that have already received acute treatment and are awaiting definitive (surgical) treatment.

Treatment details

Duration of treatment:

greatly dependent on the location and type of fracture

In-patient stay:

greatly dependent on the location and type of fracture

Protection time:

greatly dependent on the location and type of fracture

Physiotherapy:

in the rehabilitation phase, the joints round the bone or joint fracture should be mobilised a lot. This helps to effectively prevent muscle, bone and tissue loss. We often start appropriate physiotherapy immediately after surgery.

Time off work:

greatly dependent on the type of injury

Sports:

greatly dependent on the type of injury