Advanced Care for Broken Bones
More than likely, you're already familiar with the non-surgical approaches that physicians use to help fractures heal. A doctor applies casts, braces, or splints around the affected area in order to hold the broken bone securely in position and provide support while the body repairs itself. In some cases however, particularly fractures of the long bones, today's best orthopaedic treatment includes securing the fracture internally with a metal intramedullary nail implanted by surgical procedure.
What is an Intramedullary Nail?
In order to help your fractured bones heal, your orthopaedic surgeon might suggest the insertion of an intramedullary nail. The process for this procedure includes creating a small incision near the affected bones and inserting a small nail-like device into an area called the medullary cavity.
This procedure is often used when certain bones are broken, including: the tibia, the femur, and the humerus.
Potential Advantages of the Intramedullary Nail
- Stronger support for the affected area during the healing process.
- Allows your surgeon to be more accurate while aligning the bones, which speeds up the healing process.
- Will decrease joint stiffness and allow faster recovery of joint movement.
- Encourages more natural joint movement.