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Orthopedic Trauma

Orthopedic Trauma

Trauma is defined as injury caused by an external source and can often be life threatening. In the field of orthopedic medicine, orthopedic trauma is categorized as a severe injury to the elements of the musculoskeletal system (muscles, joints, ligaments, bones, and soft tissue). These trauma injuries are often the result of a sudden accident, like a fall, that requires immediate attention. While these injuries are not all life-threatening, they are life altering and require the help of an orthopedic surgeon.

Orthopedic trauma physicians are unique because of the knowledge they have about the anatomy of the human body, while other orthopedic specialists may focus on one specific area. Orthopedic trauma physicians have received training in the field of orthopedic surgery with a specialized focus on the treatment of fractured bones and realigning joints, to promote the safe recovery and return of functionality to injured body parts. Therefore, these trauma surgeons often treat patients with multiple broken bones and fractures near a joint, like a hip, knee, or shoulder.

  • Orthopedic Trauma Conditions:

    • Acute Trauma
      • Extremity fractures
      • Pelvic fracture
      • Traumatic amputation
      • Leg fractures
    • Post-traumatic Reconstruction
    • Infected Joints
  • Treatments:

    • Fracture stabilization
    • Debridement
    • Soft-tissue reconstruction
    • Freely vascularized soft and hard tissue grafting
    • Microsurgery
    • Bone transport, autograft and allograft techniques
    • Deformity correction
    • Fusion of joints (Arthrodesis)
    • Complex arthrodesis after joint infection
    • Bone grafting
    • Removal/eradication of infection for total joint arthroplasty
    • Localized and systemic antibiotic delivery

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