Wasson Memorial Veterinary Clinic

3083 Highway 175  Lakeport, California  95453      707.263.5380     Fax:  707.263.1525

Fracture Repairs

That is a fracture?

A fracture is a broken bone. It can range from a thin crack to a complete break. A bone can fracture crosswise, lengthwise, in several places, or into many pieces.


Types of fractures.

There are two types of fractures: open and closed.

In an open fracture, the ends of the broken bone tear the skin. When the bone and skin are exposed, they are at risk of infection. This type of fracture is also called a compound fracture.

In a closed fracture, the broken bone does not break the skin. This type of fracture is also called a simple fracture. But these fractures can be just as dangerous as open fractures. Both types require medical attention.


A broken bone can be described as:


greenstick fracture: The bone is broken on one side, while the other side is bent.
buckle or torus fracture: The bone is broken on one, and this causes a bump or raised buckle on the other side.
nondisplaced fracture: The bone is broken into pieces that can be aligned in place.
displaced fracture: The bone is broken into pieces that don’t align.
hairline fracture: The bone is broken in a thin crack.
single fracture: The bone is broken only in one place.
compression fracture: The bone is crushed by.
comminuted fracture: The bone is crushed or broken into three or more pieces.
segmental fracture: The bone is broken in two places, which leaves at least one bone segment floating and unattached.

Orthopedic Surgery