Hip fractures are a break in the upper thigh bone and usually are caused by a simple fall, especially in elderly people. Osteoporosis or injuries can make the bone weak, making it easier to break in a fall or hit to the hip. A hip fracture causes significant pain and discomfort over the thigh or in the groin area.
An operative fixation surgery will stabilize a fractured hip, aligning the bones correctly so the bones heal straight. In this procedure, the surgeon places metal implants, such as screws, nails, or plates, into and alongside the bone to realign it and hold the bone in place while the fracture heals. After proper care of the wound and therapy, the patient should regain the mobility they had before the injury.
If you have pain from a broken hip and need relief, please contact us at any of our office locations throughout North Carolina. Our trained surgeons at Triangle Orthopaedics strive to provide only the best care for our patients.
Operative Fixation for Knee Fractures
A knee fracture can occur in the lower end of the femur, the upper end of the tibia, or the patella, also known as the kneecap. For displaced fractures, an operative fixation is typically the most appropriate surgery. For this procedure, screws, nails, or screws with plates are used to stabilize the knee joint while the fracture heals. For a patella fracture, wires or screws are used to align the fracture, called tension band wiring. Most fractures can heal enough to walk within eight to twelve weeks. Physical therapy and at-home exercises instructed for the patient should be followed for a safe recovery.
A fractured knee can limit you of your favorite activities and can cause serious pain. Call any of our Carolina offices today to learn more about treatment we offer at Triangle Orthopaedics and how we can help you.
Operative Fixation of Proximal Humeral Fractures
One of the most common sites for a fracture is the proximal, or upper, end of the humerus and is otherwise known as a broken shoulder. An injury to the proximal humerus affects muscle function because since it is part of the shoulder joint, it works with rotator cuff muscles to move the shoulder. If a broken shoulder is not badly displaced, nonsurgical treatments such as a cast or sling could allow the bone to heal on its own. However, if the fracture is severe enough, the patient will need surgery. The pieces from the fracture can be put back together, or fixed, with the use of screws, wires, sutures, pins, or plate and screws. Physical therapy is important after fixation surgery of the fracture to avoid stiffness and so the shoulder can regain normal motion.
Our surgeons at Triangle Orthopaedics are experienced in operative fixation surgeries and can provide excellent treatment in painful fractures such as a broken shoulder. To learn more about proximal humerus fractures and this procedure, please contact us at any of our Carolina office locations for more information.
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