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  • Open radius and ulna fracture managed with an external fixator

Beau was given emergency treatment at the referring practice and referred to us for fracture management. At the time of referral, despite excellent analgesia at the referring practice, she was in serious pain and unable to stand up.

Her ulna was pinned and an external fixator was used to stabilise her fractured radius. This gave rigid fixation yet required next to no dissection and meant that there was minimal metalwork buried in tissues. This reduced further tissue damage and gave the assumed bacterial contaminants the minimum of places to “hide” from her immune system.  The open wound was then dressed, working around the fixator.

The next day she was prepared to weight bear on the fixed leg, and she was eating. She was discharged, a heck of a lot happier now that the fractured bones weren’t wiggling around.

27th November 2014

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