Orbital Wall and Floor Fractures

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also known as
Broken eye socket

Actual Patient

Common Description

Fractures of the bones that surround the eye.

Medical Description

The orbital walls and floor are composed of what is essentially a quadrilateral pyramid of 7 bones. Classification as an orbital wall and/or floor fracture intrinisically involves these bones.


  • Swelling/Oedema
  • Enophthalmos (disturbance of the eyeball position)
  • Bruising
  • Double vision or blurred vision
  • Numbness or altered sensation

Our Recommendation

Depending on the type of fracture surgery is usually required. Surgery should be undertaken by an experienced Craniomaxillofacial and/or Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon.

DDMS Process and Procedure

Surgery involves restoring the integrity of the fractured bone. This is done with bone grafts and/or mini-plates and screws. Surgery should be undertaken within 6 weeks of happening. The details of surgery will vary for each individual and the extent and complexity of the surgery will be heavily influenced by the nature of the fracture.

Complications following surgery may include:
- residual deformity
- prominent plates (which may need to be removed)
- disturbance of the eyeball position
- injury to the eye
- nerve injury resulting in numbness or altered sensation

Pre-Op Preparation

Prior to surgery for a fractured zygoma you will have:
- CT Head and facial bones
- Consultation with an ophthalmologist
- Clinical photos

Post-Op Recovery

It is essential that you attend all post-operative appointments. You will require:
- Consultation with the Craniofacial surgeon
- Consultation with the Ophthomologist,
- CT Head and facial bones
- Clinical photos


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Contact Information

David David Medical Services
226 Melbourne Street
North Adelaide
South Australia, 5006
T (61) 8 8267 1466
F (61) 8 8267 3403