Did you know that a broken bone of any kind is called a fracture? There are different kinds of fractures, from compression fractures as a result of osteoarthritis to stress fractures caused by overuse to open or compound fractures which expose the bone and require surgery. Each fracture requires a specialized treatment plan for successful healing.
Non-surgical approaches to fracture care can involve a cast, splint, specialized shoe or boot to immobilize the limb until the bones heal. Often, surgery is required to best fix a fracture. Dr. Allegra may recommend fixing the broken bone with special hardware such as a rod, or plates and screws that will hold the fracture together while your body heals.
Fracture care in Monmouth County may either by operative or nonoperative. An orthopedic specialist will assess not just the severity of the broken bone, but also the type of fracture and the stability of the patient before recommending either a closed reduction or surgery. The treatment plan recommended to you should be as specific as possible to get the best possible outcome.
When Is Surgery Necessary?
While closed reductions are usually ideal, they aren’t always an option. If the fracture is in an unstable position or if the break has crossed into the surface of the joint (more than 2mm), then patients may need surgery to fix the break. A doctor will take into account past medical history as well. So if a patient has a degenerative disease, such as osteoporosis, then they’re not generally a good candidate for closed reductions. Finally, if the break interferes with the functions of the muscles or tendons or if the patient has undergone multiple traumatic injuries, then surgery may be only other option.
When Is Surgery Not Recommended?
If a patient has an active infection or if they have a medical condition that prevents them from undergoing anesthesia, then a doctor will typically not recommend surgery. If there’s soft tissue located over the fracture, then doctors may not want to compromise the quality of that tissue during surgery. Casts, splints, and rods are all options for those who are unable to undergo surgery. In the most severe fractures, amputation may be the only way to safely treat the fracture.
Allegra Orthopedics is dedicated to finding the least intrusive treatment option by exploring all of the possible outcomes before choosing the right one. You can trust us to use our experience to your advantage if you’re in need of fracture care.