Dr. Andrea Snow why technique is used to stabilize during healing of injury
According to orthopedic surgeon Andrea L. Snow, MD, doctors often use the procedure to stabilize a fracture while someone heals from more serious injuries.
“People have usually sustained substantial traumatic injuries beyond fracture of the pelvis that can be life threatening,” she says. “They can be unstable and actively hemorrhaging, or bleeding, from the pelvic injury.”
Because injuries requiring pelvic fixation are usually serious, the recovery time can be lengthy. “Once the fracture becomes stable, doctors usually remove the external fixator and repair the pelvis from the inside using plates and screws,” says Dr. Snow.