Fracture Care and Surgery

When our bones encounter a trauma, they can break. These breaks can be small, fine breaks called stress fractures, often in the lower leg and foot, or they can be more serious breaks in the hips and back. 
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Most often, fractures require a cast and will heal within about six to eight weeks. If the break is serious, it may require surgery.

Our Approach

Broken bones often start to heal on their own, but physicians usually help the process by setting the fracture. When the break is a clean one with little soft tissue damage, physicians set the break in a process called closed reduction. The bone is realigned, and you are given a cast or splint to wear.

If you have an open wound, with bone sticking through the skin, you will require surgery. This process is called an open reduction, and physicians may need to use pins, screws or plates to hold the bone in place during healing.

For fractures involving the joints, including the hip or knee, you or your child may need a joint replacement and several weeks of physical therapy.

Conditions We Treat

Orthopaedic physicians and surgeons treat compound, non/displaced, and comminuted fractures. Learn more about bone fractures:

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