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Orthopaedic Trauma

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MedStar Orthopaedic Institute offers a coordinated referral service for the treatment of musculoskeletal trauma. These types of complex trauma injuries cases and their complications call for specialized, centralized care.

 MedStar Orthopaedic Institute’s multidisciplinary approach combines orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, interventional radiology, infectious disease and wound care services into an integrated team to deliver the extensive care required for the most challenging musculoskeletal trauma cases. This type of coordinated care is proven to improve outcomes and speed recovery.

 Acute Trauma

Acute trauma is damage done to the bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments after an injury. These types of injuries may include:

  • Extremity fractures
  • Pelvic fracture
  • Traumatic amputation
  • Leg fractures 

When assessing these types of conditions, our orthopedic specialists will evaluate the patient, and make a decision for the most appropriate treatment. Depending on the severity of the trauma, surgery may be necessary to repair and stabilize the injury. In the cases of more mild injuries, your doctor may recommend splinting, rest and treating the pain.

It is important to have your injuries assessed by an orthopedic specialist with the expertise to decide on the best approach to treatment, but it is critical to have your care managed in a facility that has the full range of orthopedic services. Our orthopedic nurses routinely care for patients post-surgery, and we offer the full range of physical therapy and rehabilitative services.

Post-traumatic Reconstruction

Post-traumatic reconstruction corrects problems such as malunions (bones that have healed incorrectly) and nonunions (fractures that have not healed). Revision surgery (a second surgery to correct complications that may have occurred following the first surgery) is something that no patient wants, but is sometimes necessary.

The surgeons at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute have routine experience with these types of surgeries following referrals from other orthopedic surgeons throughout the region. As experts in post-traumatic reconstruction, your surgeons will listen to your medical history, carefully assess the injury and examine your past medical records. They will be able to recommend a reasonable approach that may treat the original injury, as well as any complications that have arisen since then.

Infected Joints

If a joint becomes infected, both the health of the joint and limb, as well as the overall health of the patient, become an immediate concern. Not all orthopedic specialists are trained to manage and treat infected total joints. At MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, our orthopedic surgeons appropriately manage and aggressively treat infections. This often times requires additional surgery and a course of antibiotics. While this is unfortunate, it is critical for removing bacteria from your system and maximizing your overall health and outcome. Learn more about bone infection, also known as osteomyelitis.

 Treatments

  • Fracture stabilization
  • Debridement
  • Soft-tissue reconstruction
  • Freely vascularized soft and hard tissue grafting
  • Microsurgery
  • Bone transport, autograft and allograft techniques
  • Deformity correction
  • Fusion of joints (Arthrodesis)
  • Complex arthrodesis after joint infection
  • Bone grafting
  • Removal/eradication of infection for total joint arthroplasty
  • Localized and systemic antibiotic delivery

Meet Our Surgeon

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Robert Brumback, MD

Team of multidisciplinary specialists:

  • Orthopaedic surgeons
  • Infectious disease specialists
  • Plastic surgeons
  • Interventional radiologists
  • General surgeons
  • Wound care specialists