Fracture Reduction — Closed

A closed fracture reduction is resetting a broken bone without cutting into the skin.

  • Call Your Doctor

    After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Severe or unusual pain that is not relieved by pain medication
    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Cough, shortness of breath, or chest pain
    • Numbness and/or tingling in the injured extremity
    • Loss of movement in the fingers or toes of the injured arm or leg
    • The cast feels too tight
    • Burning or stinging sensations under the cast
    • Redness of the skin around the cast
    • Persistent itching under the cast
    • Cracks or soft spots develop in the cast
    • Chalky white, blue, or black discoloration of fingers, toes, arm, or leg

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    A closed fracture reduction is resetting a broken bone without cutting into the skin.

    Broken Bones in the Arm
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    A closed reduction is done to realign pieces of a broken bone. It is done to:

    • Allow the bond to heal properly and more quickly
    • Decrease pain and prevent later deformity
    • Regain use of the bone and limb

  • Possible Complications

    Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have a fracture reduction, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:

    • Nerve damage
    • Fat particles or blood clots dislodging and traveling to the lungs
    • Need for surgery if the bone does not heal properly
    • Reaction to anesthesia

    The closed reduction may not be successful. Surgery may be needed to properly align the bones.

    Before your procedure, talk to your doctor about ways to manage factors that may increase your risk of complications such as:

    • Smoking
    • Drinking
    • Chronic disease such as diabetes or obesity
    • The use of certain medications