Focus on Orthopedics

January 13, 2009

Advances In Fracture Care Yield Major Benefits

Fracturing a bone is a painful and frightening experience that can turn your life upside down. If not treated properly, it can have long-term consequences. However, a number of exciting advances in the care of fractures has improved treatment and outcomes for many patients.

Ganesh Ramachandran, DO, MPH, is a fellowship trained specialist in orthopedic surgery with a subspecialty in hand and microsurgery. According to Dr. Rama, some of the most significant advances in the last 10 years include:

  • Technology that allows surgeons to make smaller incisions
  • The development of intramedullary rods that can be inserted to share the load with the bone and enable patients to use the extremity more quickly
  • Improvements in the plating of bones and joints to stabilize them so they will heal in the optimal position.

These innovations mean less time spent under anesthesia, earlier weight-bearing ability, earlier improvement in range of motion and faster recovery.

Protocols Are Designed to Prevent Complications

Dr. Rama, who has a strong interest in trauma care, added, “Medicine has also made major advancements in caring for trauma patients that require orthopedic surgeries. The number of complications such as infections and blood clots has been cut dramatically with medications and preventive care. For example, surgeons
and others present in the operating room wear anti-infection “space suits” to ensure complete sterility of the surgical room. Floyd Memorial has highly effective protocols in place to help keep dangerous secondary issues from developing.”