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Updated May 16, 2014


Treatment of an intertrochanteric hip fracture with a metal plate and screws.

X-Ray Image © Jonathan Cluett, MD
Definition: O.R.I.F. is an abbreviation for Open Reduction Internal Fixation. Open reduction internal fixation is a method of surgically repairing a fractured bone. Generally, this involves either the use of plates and screws or an intramedullary (IM) rod to stabilize the bone.

If you are having a broken bone treated by ORIF, you will be taken to the operating room, given anesthesia so that you will not feel the surgery, and have your bones repaired by an orthopedic surgeon.

Also Known As: Open Reduction Internal Fixation, Operative Treatment, Open Treatment
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