About the study

What are the risks and benefits?

Both treatments are used across the NHS currently and are not new or experimental.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

The risks of the injury itself are the same for both groups of patients in the study, and are the same as for patients who are not taking part in the study. 

Surgical treatment

There is a small risk of complications if you have the operation, such as infection and prominent metalwork, as with any surgery.

We expect that some patients will need to return for a further operation. The specific risks of surgery would not apply with the close contact cast.

Non-surgical treatment

The main potential risk of the cast treatment is that the bones move out of place, which may require further treatment, and that might be an operation.

It is also possible that while you are under anaesthetic, the surgeon decides he or she cannot hold your bones into the right position satisfactorily with the cast, and you would then receive an operation straight away.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

Both treatments are used across the NHS so there is no specific advantage to you for taking part in the study. However, you will help us improve treatment for future patients with similar injuries. The study will also provide valuable information on the best use of resources within the NHS.

Why do we do clinical trials?

What is randomisation?

What is the role of a consultee?