Every year, thousands of people sustain critical injuries as a result of accidents. Injury to the musculoskeletal system from traumatic events such as motor vehicle accidents, motorcycle crashes, falls, and work injury may be potentially devastating to a person’s lifestyle and career. Working with efficiency, care, and well designed surgical technique may be critical to a patient’s recovery and return to the community. When multiple traumas, fractures, sprains and other bone and soft tissue injuries are suffered, the patient often requires the immediate attention of the orthopaedic trauma surgeon.
The Division of Orthopaedic Trauma is one of the larger divisions within the Department. Intramedullary nailing is an area of specialization the Division employs in the treatment of long bone injuries. The Division also concentrates on the management of complex periarticular and pelvic fractures. Some of the more common surgical techniques in the treatment of fractures include internal fixation (aligning and immobilizing the break using plates and screws or a rod) and external fixation (inserting pins into the bone through the skin and applying a metal frame around the limb).
Trauma specialists seek to assist patients in regaining function that has been lost despite some of the most complex acute orthopaedic challenges.
Arthroscopic And Sports Injuries
The Division of Arthroscopy and Sports Injuries is comprised of Orthopaedic Surgeons who have a subspecialty interest in the treatment of the musculoskeletal problems of active people. While the care of “elite” athletes is part of the practice of sport medicine orthopaedic surgeons, the majority of the practice involves keeping all members of the public active so they can enjoy a high quality of life. The diagnosis and treatment of orthopaedic injuries has been revolutionized by a surgical technique known as arthroscopy. Using an arthroscope, inserted into the joint cavity through a small incision, the orthopedist can get a detailed view of the entire joint, which is displayed on a television screen in the operating room. Using this minimally invasive surgical technique, the surgeon can investigate, diagnose and immediately treat many conditions, eliminating the need for more major open surgery. Furthermore, this surgery can be performed in an ambulatory setting eliminating the need for hospital admission. Recovery is hastened by minimally invasive surgery such as arthroscopy.