A broken bone is considered a complex fracture when the break is more severe than a routine fracture. Damage usually includes injury to multiple bones, joints, ligaments and tendons and requires intensive treatment and rehabilitation. A complex fracture tends to occur with an “open fracture” with the broken bone protruding outward through the skin. Complex fractures are usually caused by sudden trauma from sports injury, auto accident, hard falls from heights, or brittle bones from aging.
The complex nature of this area of orthopedics requires a surgeon who has substantial experience treating complex operations, such as peri-articular fractures. Dr. Daniel C. Allison has extensive experience treating musculoskeletal structures which have sustained damaged complex bone fractures. He provides exceptional care through advanced reconstructive surgery and arthroscopic procedures supported by a multi-disciplinary team of orthopedic experts.
Call (310) 730-8008 or fill out our online contact form today to learn more about treatments for complex bone fractures and schedule an appointment with Dr. Allison to receive the care you need for a faster and more complete recovery.Contact An Orthopedic Doctor
Complex Fracture Characteristics
Complex fractures exhibit certain characteristics, which set them apart from normal fractures and help in classifying the extent of injury. When examining a complex fracture, orthopedic surgeons like Dr. Allison assess damage based on the following:
- Soft tissue damage
- Severe cartilage injury to joints
- Bone loss due to severe trauma
- Presence of multiple fracture in a single bone
- Comminuted bone fragments (broken into many pieces)
- Associated joint dislocation
Most complex fractures are open with complete fractures and patients experience symptoms including protruding bones, extreme pain of the affected part, and numbness.
Immediate treatment is often required once the surgeon has completed the physical examination. For patients with an “open fracture,” wounds are first cleaned up and infection prevented before X-rays and possibly an MRI is taken for additional information then the patient goes into surgery.
Severely Broken Bone Treatment Options
The complicated nature of complex fractures means treatment options are varied and can include a range of internal and external fixation devices.
Open complex fractures require internal fixation with surgery. In internal fixation involves using pins, plates, and screws, which are directly attached to the bone. Internal fixation techniques are more advantageous compared to the external method because the bones can heal on a shorter period of time. For cases wherein the fragmented bones cannot be saved with the use of tools, another emergency option is bone implantation. Here, a healthy bone is taken from another part of the body and will be used to substitute the injured bones. Healing from complex fractures usually take more than 12 weeks.
Learn about bone fractures from wikipedia.com.
Contact the Orthopedic Trauma Specialist
For help with a complex traumatic injury, Dr. Daniel C. Allison and his staff provide the best care and expertise in cases of major musculoskeletal damage. We specialize in patients with traumatic injuries including fractures of the pelvis, acetabulum, other major joints (elbow, shoulder, hip, knee and ankle), calcaneus and long bone fractures or injuries. Together we can devise the best treatment option for you. Please contact our office for an appointment at (310) 730-8008.Contact Us
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