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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