Closed reduction for broken bones

Closed reduction surgery and casting of fractures

If you've broken a bone, our orthopaedic surgeons can reset it without cutting into your skin

What is closed reduction surgery?

If you or your child have broken a bone, our orthopaedic surgeons can reset it without cutting into the skin. This allows the bone to grow back quickly and naturally.

It's best done as soon as possible after the bone breaks. It's a common treatment for babies aged 6 to 24 months.

Need to know

  • What happens during closed reduction surgery? icon plus

    A closed reduction procedure can be painful, so you or your child may receive a sedative. Alternatively, the procedure may be carried under local anaesthetic or under general anaesthetic.

    Your orthopaedic surgeon will physically manipulate the bone to reset it. Once it's in the right position, they'll apply a cast to hold it in place and help it heal.
  • How to prepare for surgery icon plus

    Your consultant will explain the procedure and answer any questions you might have. If you're having a general anesthetic, you may be asked to limit your or your child's food or drink intake beforehand.

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • After surgery icon plus

    Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine. It's likely you'll be asked to return to the hospital to have your cast removed and so that your consultant can assess your bone.

Our paediatric orthopaedic consultants

We're proud to work with leading orthopaedic experts, across different areas of orthopaedics including foot and ankle, hip and knee, shoulder and elbows, who have experience with managing bone, tendon and muscle problems in children. 

Our locations

From complex orthopaedic surgery to diagnostic scans and arthroscopic procedures, we provide exceptional care for adults and children across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an orthopaedic appointment for your child

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced paediatric consultants who specialise in orthopaedics. We can also make imaging and outpatient physiotherapy appointments for you.

Call us today

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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