Compound injuries are treated and stabilised with surgery in order to minimise the risk of an infection developing which can create further complications and prevent the bone from healing.
During the procedure the bone fragments are first reduced (repositioned) into their normal alignment. The bones are then positioned and held together by a plate attached to the outer bone using pins and screws. In some cases a screw or rod inserted into the bone may be used to keep the bone fragments together while they heal.
The wound is closed and a sterile dressing and bandage is applied.