open reduction-internal fixation
An open reduction-internal fixation, commonly abbreviated to ORIF, refers to the orthopedic operative management of a fracture (or fracture-dislocation complex) where reduction requires surgical (hence open) approach and internal fixation is applied.
Internal fixation may be in the form of:
- intramedullary nail
- plates and screws
- tension band wiring
- cords (eg TightRope)