An external fixator is a device that is used to support and stabilize bones or joints that have been injured. It is a frame that is attached to the bone with pins or screws, and it stays in place until the bone has healed. This type of device is usually used for fractures that are complex or difficult to heal. The fixator helps to keep the bone from moving so that it can heal properly.
The external fixator will stay in place until the bone has healed. This can take anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months. Once the bone has healed, your surgeon will remove the device.
What Are the Risks of an External Fixator?
The risks of an external fixator include infection, nerve damage, and blood vessel damage. The risk of infection increases if the skin around the injury is not kept clean. Nerve damage can occur if the nerves are pinched by the frame or if they are irritated by the pins or screws. Blood vessel damage can occur if the blood vessels are damaged by the frame or if they are irritated by the pins or screws.
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