Internal fixation involves an open surgical technique in which an incision is made over the fracture and a stainless steel plate with screws is placed to align the bone ends and prevent displacement or loss of reduction.
Advantages of internal fixation include: increased stability, strategic placement of implants, the lack of a need for an external device, less obtrusive casting and potential earlier use of the hand.
Possible complications of this technique include: loss of fixation, improper positioning of the plate or screws, infection, the need for hardware removal, nerve injury, tendon injury or rupture, stiffness.
This website Hospital for Special Surgery has a really good explanation of the procedure.
So, pre-op is Thursday and surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, June 12th.
I want to say a heartfelt Thank You to my friend Jennifer McKittrick for getting me an appointment with Dr. Broderick. A perk of being in the radiolography profession is that I have an inside line to the best people available for whatever medical problem I encounter. I always rely on the advise of my radiographer friends... they never steer me wrong.