Surgical Treatment for for Pelvic Fractures
Pelvic fractures, depending on their severity can be treated either surgically or non-surgically. Surgically they can be treated by the following methods:
External fixation: External fixation of the pelvis is one of the techniques used for stabilizing unstable pelvis ring injuries either permanently or temporarily. External fixation involves an X-ray machine so that the surgeons may view your pelvis at all times and use it as a guide as they will need to construct a rather large device (called a fixator) which they will need to insert into your bones.
Internal fixation: Internal fixation is a process, which involves two steps, firstly it involves an open reduction, which is a surgery that is used to set your bones and secondly the fixation itself which, by using either plates, screws, or a combination of both makes sure that the bones that the open reduction set will stick together.
Skeletal traction: While usually used immediately after an injury, skeletal traction can also treat some pelvic fractures alone (quite rarely though)
Skeletal traction involves pins implanted in either the thighbone or the shinbone to help with the leg's positioning. The pins have some weight attached to them, which will pull on the leg so that the broken bone pieces will stay in a “normal” position. It also provides some main relief for most patients.
Drugs and Other Treatment Needed for Pelvic Fractures
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Other therapies include:
Ice therapy: Ice decreases pain and swelling and helps prevent tissue damage.
Swimming and cycling: They are both low-impact exercises and are commonly used to help restore a full range of motion.
Any therapy that you want to take must be discussed with your doctor beforehand.