ORIF is an abbreviation for 'open reduction and internal fixation', and refers to bone fractures.
Page updated September 2023 by Dr Sheila Strover (Clinical Editor)
Open reduction and internal fixation of a fracture at the ankle.
Fixing a bone fracture with internal 'hardware'
Open reduction and internal fixation refers to broken bones (fractures) where the surgeon cuts into the joint surgically to align the broken bones and then uses metal surgical plates or other means (loosely referred to as 'hardware') to hold the bones in a better position so that they can heal properly.
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