Non-Invasive Treatments and Minimally-Invasive Surgery
As mentioned above, while some fractures do require surgery to repair and stabilize, others can heal with non-invasive treatments. Our expert orthopedic doctors and surgeons are experienced in helping patients decide which is the best course for the best possible outcome.
Some non-invasive fracture treatments include:
If these common treatments are insufficient, we move to surgery options (beginning with minimally-invasive) such as:
- Immobilization: Depending on the kind of injury you have and what activities you will continue to do during recovery, fiberglass casts, removable braces, or splints may be used, each with its own benefits in providing support to the fractured area.
- Slings: For arm and shoulder injuries, taking the strain off the affected area by putting the limb in a sling can reduce pain and speed healing.
The most important thing regarding bone fractures is to get them properly assessed and treatment started as soon as possible. This increases the likelihood of a properly-healed fracture with minimal complications in later life. To get the proper care for your broken bone, call 626-517-0022 or contact Pasadena Orthopedics today to make an appointment.
Arthroscopic Surgery: Specific to joints, arthroscopy uses cameras and smaller incisions to monitor and assist fracture fixation.
- External Fixators: To temporarily stabilize a very unstable fracture in bony areas like ankles and knees, or in particularly fragmented long-bone fractures, external fixators are metal devices used to hold the affected bones in place until another stabilizer like a cast or a brace can be used.
- Plates and Screws: Our orthopedic surgeons are experienced in using most often permanent, and sometimes temporary, surgical plates and screws to hold fracture fragments in the correct alignment long enough for the fracture to heal.