A compound injury or open fracture, is an injury that occurs when there is a break in the skin around a broken bone. This type of fracture is more serious than a simple fracture and carries a high risk of infection as the fracture site is exposed to outside dirt and bacteria. While it is often the case, a bone does not necessarily need to break through the skin to be classified as a compound fracture or injury, if the fracture site is exposed at all it is considered a compound fracture.
Compound fractures are treated and stabilised with surgery to minimise the risk of an infection developing which could prevent the bone from healing.
Please find below information on compound injuries, what to expect prior to and during surgery as well as post surgery recovery information.