What to Expect Following the Procedure:
The first thing you need to do after your surgery is to wash off all the blood and other fluids. You will then have to lie down on a table or bed for several hours while your body heals itself. During this period, you may feel tired and weak. However, if you are patient enough, it won’t take long before you get back up and ready for work again!
After the healing period, you will probably experience some pain and discomfort. Your doctor may give you medication to help relieve these symptoms. A few days later, you might notice a slight improvement in your physical condition.
You will need to rest for a couple of weeks after your surgery so that your body has healed completely. Then you can start working again immediately!
What to Expect After Recovery:
Once you’re able to return to normal activities, you’ll definitely want to make sure that your wound doesn’t become infected. To prevent infection, you will need regular skin care and cleaning. If you don’t follow proper hygiene, bacteria can grow on your wounds and cause infections. So keep them clean!
(If they were dirty before the surgery, they will most likely still be dirty after)
As for what happens next?
Well, you should be able to enjoy life the way you used to. After all, your bones are stronger than ever!
Risks and Side effects of ORIF Surgery:
While the vast majority of people who have had ORIF surgery say that it was one of the best decisions they’ve ever made, there are some patients who have experienced undesirable effects from the procedure. Most of these side effects are rare and can be treated by a medical professional if need be.
Bruising: Skin bruising is very common after this procedure. The bruising may occur as a result of blunt trauma, causing the skin to take a purple-black color, or it may occur as a result of stretching and breakage of blood vessels under the skin. If you are bruised severely, your doctor may prescribe a medication to reduce the size of the bruise.
Infection: Anytime you have an open wound, there is a risk of infection. Your doctor will prescribe an antibiotics to reduce the chance of infection. If you do experience an infection, it can usually be treated successfully with antibiotics.
Life with ORIF Surgery:
Most people who undergo this procedure are able to enjoy life without pain and discomfort after it has been completed.
Sources & references used in this article:
Quantitative comparison of open reduction and internal fixation versus the Gillies method in the treatment of orbitozygomatic complex fractures by M Czerwinski, M Martin, C Lee – Plastic and reconstructive surgery, 2005 – journals.lww.com
Endoscopic repair of anterior table—frontal sinus fractures by EB Strong, RM Kellman – Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics, 2006 – facialplastic.theclinics.com
Open reduction and internal fixation of high-energy tibial plateau fractures by WJ Mills, SE Nork – Orthopedic Clinics, 2002 – orthopedic.theclinics.com