Orthopaedic trauma is a branch of orthopaedic surgery specializing in problems related to the bones, joints, and soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments) of the entire body following trauma. The main goal of this specialized area in orthopaedics is the healing of the fractured bones, as well as restoring the anatomic alignment of the joint surfaces to allow for recovery and return to maximum function of the injured body part.
Orthopaedic trauma care at Doctors Hospital covers the spectrum of simple isolated fractures to severe life threatening accidents with multiple broken bones. Significant injuries with multiple broken bones, compound fractures and fractures near a joint, and fractures of the pelvis are more difficult to treat, and benefit the most from specialized care. Additionally, problems with healing including nonunions, infections (osteomyelitis) and healing with poor alignment (malunion) are often treated by fracture specialists.
Due to the nature of trauma cases, in addition to broken bones there are multiple other injuries to the chest, abdomen, nerves or blood vessels. A comprehensive team approach is essential for a satisfactory end results. Our orthopedists share strong working relationships with the departments of General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Thoracic Surgery and Vascular Surgery. State-of-the-art techniques are used in the treatment of associated injuries to nerves and blood vessels and incidents involving soft tissue loss. Severe trauma frequently needs intensive care and even ventilator support (artificial breathing). Doctors Hospital has well trained and qualified intensive care specialists and the elaborate equipment needed for such care. Timely repair of injured blood vessels have saved many limbs which otherwise would have been lost.
Hip fractures in elderly patients pose a significant challenge because of associated illnesses such as blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease. With the availability of all super specialists in Internal Medicine, Anesthesia, Cardiology and Intensive Care, the comprehensive evaluation and care of geriatric patients with hip fractures is possible.
Arthroplasty and Joint Replacement
Doctors Hospital is a major center for sophisticated joint replacement surgery. The joints most commonly replaced are the knee and the hip followed by the ankle and the elbow. Our doctors have the best training in joint replacement from renowned centers in the UK and USA. Furthermore, the hospital is fully equipped to perform these complicated and demanding operations. Our outcomes are comparable to those from the best centers in the world for primary cases, first time operations, as well as revision surgeries, operations that were performed elsewhere and resulted in complications or failures. As a result, Doctors Hospital has become a tertiary referral center for complicated orthopaedic cases.
Arthroscopy and minimally invasive surgery
Our surgeons are advancing the use of minimally invasive procedures using arthroscopy, a technique by which surgery is conducted through a very small incision using video imaging, and which carries the benefit of reductions in blood loss and shorter hospital stays.
Advanced arthroscopic surgery of the knee and the shoulder are routinely performed. Examples of such operations are meniscus or cartilage operations and reconstruction of a torn anterior cruciate ligament. In the shoulder rotator cuff tendon repairs or operations for recurrent dislocations are performed.
Doctors Hospital offers the entire gamut of spine surgery procedures. The most common procedure is for a herniated disc, a problem in which a tissue in the spinal column gets displaced and pinches a nerve causing excruciating pain in the back and the leg. Additional surgery procedures focus on deformity correction, correction of Scoliosis (crooked spine), stabilization of the spine after a fracture or trauma, spinal fusions and care of the patient with spinal tumors.
Our members of the spine surgery team are exceptionally well trained and have the latest equipment such as endoscopic spine surgery and spinal cord monitoring. All this leads to better results in a surgical specialty that is well known for its complexity. Furthermore, the close cooperation between the Spine surgeons and the Neurosurgeons is another reason for better outcomes.
A child’s musculoskeletal problems are different from those of an adult. Because children are still growing, the body’s response to injuries, infections, and deformities may be quite different than what would be seen in a full-grown person. Two of our staff members have had postgraduate fellowship training in pediatric orthopaedics and are able to take care of all aspects of this special field of interest.
Children cannot always say what is bothering them, or answer medical questions, or be patient and cooperative during a medical examination. Doctors Hospital’s HHhHohhhhpediatric Orthopaedic surgeons know how to examine and treat children in a way to help them be relaxed and cooperative.
Our doctors also appreciate the worry that goes with having a child with a musculoskeletal problem and they have experience in communicating with anxious family members.
Children with complex pediatric problems are best managed by a medical-surgical team approach. Pediatric Orthopaedic surgeons diagnose, treat, and manage children’s musculoskeletal problems, such as:
- Limb and spine deformities noted at birth or later in life (clubfoot, scoliosis, limb length differences)
- Gait abnormalities (limping)
- Broken bones
- Bone or joint infections and tumors
Orthopaedic oncology is a multidisciplinary field that collaborates with our cancer center to provide coordinated multimodal therapy for primary as well as metastatic musculoskeletal tumors in adults and pediatric patients. Our Musculoskeletal tumor center is primarily focused on limb salvage for primary musculoskeletal tumors. Tumors of the spine are another area of focused interest for our diverse team. Furthermore, close coordination between the oncology department and the musculoskeletal tumor department is the key for good outcomes.
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