MANAGEMENT OF TRAUMA & FRACTURES
Traumatic injuries can often lead to fractures among other injuries to ligaments, cartilage and tendons. Management of trauma and injuries will vary largely depending on the type of trauma and the injuries obtained. Dr Pienaar will discuss the treatment options available, conservative vs surgical, and equip you as the patient with adequate information to take part in the decision making process.
Management of trauma and fractures may include fracture stabilisation. This may be done using non-surgical or surgical methods, depending on the placement of the fracture. For some immobilisation, splinting and casting may be sufficient; however, for others, surgery may be needed. Surgical stabilisation of fractures is usually done through open reduction and internal fixation, or through external fixation.
This involves the use of pins or screws to join the broken bone, which may or may not be attached to a rigid frame inside or outside the fracture site. In some cases, ligament and tendon repair surgery, as well as bone grafting, tissue reconstruction and even lower limb reconstruction, may be needed.