Complex Fracture Care at Osborn Medical Center
A fracture to the pelvis requires a significant amount of force, which can damage associated structures—the three large bones that have fused together and the strong ligaments and muscles as well as a multitude of major arteries, veins, nerves and organs located within the body. Quick recognition of injuries associated with structures within the pelvis is part of Scottsdale Healthcare’s expert approach to pelvic fracture management. For example, a patient with a severe pelvis fracture may injure the spinal cord, rupture the bladder or damage organ systems in close proximity to the pelvis such as the intestines.
The acetabulum is the socket within the hip joint where the thigh bone meets the hip. Fractures of the acetabulum are complex, severe injuries that occur after high energy trauma such as high fall or a motor vehicle crash. Many patients with a fracture of the acetabulum also have other major trauma including injuries to the head, chest and abdomen. The orthopaedic trauma surgeon plays a critical role in the initial management and stabilization of these patients. Setting the bone accurately helps you return it to use. Repairs of acetabular fractures are complex and time consuming. Numerous complications may result. Additionally, patients with acetabular fractures have a high risk of developing arthritis after the injury. This may become so severe that a total hip replacement is necessary.
Some patients may have nerve or arterial injuries that cause weakness, numbness and pain. Scottsdale Healthcare orthopedic trauma surgeons identify these associated injuries as soon as possible and use a multidisciplinary approach to treat these problems.