Assessment of Reduction
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Using a direct reduction method, the fracture site is visualized greatly increasing the likelihood of an anatomic reduction in simple fracture patterns. In contrast, the fracture site is commonly not visualized during indirect reductions, and the surgeon relies on various methods to ensure restoration of accurate length, alignment, and rotation. The benefits of indirect reduction methods include decreased soft tissue dissection and less stripping of periosteal blood supply, with the goal of improving fracture healing and decreasing soft tissue wound complications. Because indirect reduction methods are being increasingly used, methods to assess fracture reduction have become vitally important.
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