How does the Sonoma Orthopedic Products implant work?
The Sonoma Orthopedic Products implant is placed inside the bone by your orthopedic surgeon through a small incision. The implant is flexible to allow it to conform to the curvature of the bone and provides rigid support from inside the bone while the fracture heals.
How long does the procedure take?
The surgery can be performed as a same-day, outpatient procedure in either a hospital or surgery center. Prior to your surgery, your doctor will explain the surgical procedure. The complexity of the fracture often determines the length of surgery.
Will I experience pain?
Like other surgical procedures, you may experience pain which should be easily controlled with pain medications. Sonoma Orthopedic Products devices are designed to be implanted b y your surgeon through small incisions to minimize soft tissue trauma and pain. If you experience uncomfortable pain, you should contact your surgeon immediately.
What do I do after surgery?
You doctor and physical therapist will provide you with instructions after your surgery. Many patients have reported minimal pain after surgery with the Sonoma Orthopedic Products.
It is important to follow your healthcare professional’s instructions after surgery even if you don’t experience pain. Over stressing the fracture prior to it healing may lead to a malunion, nonunion, or even damage to the implant which could require a secondary surgical procedure.
Typically, after surgery you will be fitted with a split/brace (wrist procedures) or sling (for shoulder and clavicle fracture procedures) to protect your broken bone for at least 6 to 8 weeks while it begins to heal. After a month, your physician will instruct you to perform some basic strengthening exercises. After 12-16 weeks, your physician may allow you to return to normal activity or sports.
How long will it take to heal?
Many factors can affect how bones heal. It is important to follow the post-operative guidelines recommended by your doctor and physical therapist to avoid delaying the healing process. Typically bones can take up to 8 to 12 weeks to heal.
Is the device removable?
The implants are designed to be removed. Your surgeon will determine if and when it is appropriate to remove the device after your bone heals. This will require a minor surgical procedure.