Chronic health problems, such as diabetes or obesity
The use of certain medicines
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
This is often as an emergency procedure. Before your surgery:
Tell your doctor what you last ate and drank.
Tell the doctor about the medicines and supplements you take.
Instructions will be given if the surgery is planned. Before surgery:
Arrange for a ride to and from the procedure.
Arrange for help at home.
Talk to your doctor about your medicines. You may be asked to stop taking some medicines up to 1 week before the procedure.
Eat a light meal the night before. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight.
Local or general anesthesia may be used. Local anesthesia will numb the area. A sedative may also be given. With general anesthesia, you will be asleep.
Description of the Procedure
An incision will be made in the skin above the break. The pieces of bone will be moved into the right place. Screws, a plate with screws, or a rod may be used inside the body or an external frame fixed to the bone fragments may be used outside the body to hold the bones in place. The incision will be closed with stitches and covered with bandages. The area will be protected with a splint or cast.
EBSCO Information Services is fully accredited by URAC. URAC is an independent, nonprofit health care accrediting organization dedicated to promoting health care quality through accreditation, certification and commendation.
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
To send comments or feedback to our Editorial Team regarding the content please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Health Library Support team will respond to your email request within 2 business days.