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Ankle Fractures    

Ankle Fractures (ORIF of the ankle) An ankle fracture is a very common surgery, it can have many different names depending on the effected bone and placement of the fracture or break. The surgeon will expose the bone, assess the fracture, manually manipulate the bone (if possible) back to the anatomic position, then “pin” the bone with a K-wire. Depending on the size of the bone, placement of the fracture(s), and size of the patient, the surgeon will select the appropriate plate for the procedure. A fixation wire is placed to hold the plate in place. The surgeon will brill pilot holes for the screws, use a depth gauge to determine the appropriate screw length and place the screw through the pre-drilled hole to fixate the plate to the bone. They will repeat the process for all screws. Some plates are called dynamic compression plates, meaning they have elongated holes for compression of a complicated fracture.

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