The success of a closed reduction depends on many factors. There are many factors that may result in an unsuccessful procedure such as the injury to nerves and/or blood vessels that may require an open surgery, the slowly healing bones, or the bone deformity.
What if this procedure is not performed?
Reductions are performed to restore normal position of bones and soft tissue after a fracture or dislocation. This promotes normal function after the fractured bone or dislocated joint and/or the supporting tissue heals. Attention is given to the nerves and blood vessels in the injured area as these can be damaged during the injury or during reduction. Treatment of the fracture or dislocation may involve treatment of damaged nerves and blood vessels as well. If you decide not to have this procedure, there may be associated risks to this decision. Please discuss it with your doctor.