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What are risks and potential complications of ORIF surgery?

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  • The following are risks and potential complications of open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery:

    Risks associated with any surgery:
    • Bleeding that would require a blood transfusion
    • Infection
    • Allergic reaction to anesthesia
    Risks associated with ORIF:
    • Nerve damage that reduces feeling in the arm or leg
    • Hardware in the arm or leg moving out of place
    • Pain, swelling, or trouble moving the arm or leg
    • Incomplete healing of the bone
    • Increased pressure in the arm or leg (compartment syndrome), which can damage muscles and tissue
    • Blood clot, possibly traveling to the heart (pulmonary embolism)
    • Muscle spasms
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