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UPMC On Topic Video Transcript Fracture Care: Total Bone Repair

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Ivan S. Tarkin, MD

We are fracture experts, we take care of both acute traumatic injury as well as chronic bone conditions. We take care of lower extremity fractures as well as upper extremity fractures including fractures of the pelvis as well as the hip sockets. Further when the bone doesn’t heal or when the bone heals crooked, we’re experts at making the bone straight and making the bone heal.

Multidisciplinary Approach

Severe musculoskeletal injuries deserve a multidisciplinary approach to care. Meaning that not only are we concerned about your fracture but we’re also concerned about your overall well-being. Frequently as part of our team we’ll involve the internal medicine doctors, we’ll involve the nutritionists, certainly, we’ll involve the rehab doctors and on occasion we need to use our general surgery colleagues as well as our plastic surgery colleagues in order to promote success.

Treatment Options

When an adult patient comes in with a fracture our goal is to get that patient back to their life, their job, their recreation. For any given injury we certainly give the patient options including operation or conservative care. In a majority of cases to increase the chances of having that patient heal uneventfully with a straight functional limb, surgery is typically the gold standard.

Innovative Solutions

UPMC is a top ranked academic trauma center and as part of our mission, we like to provide the patient with innovative fracture care. In some circumstances, in selected injuries, we’re able to provide minimally invasive type fracture surgery. Not only does that surgery produce a more cosmetically pleasing result but it also could make the fractures heal at a faster rate. Furthermore sometimes in complex cases, we’ll use computer navigation in order to ensure that we’re making the limb straight and functional.

Comprehensive Medicine

At UPMC we offer a comprehensive fracture unit. We take care of both simple breaks as well as very complex musculoskeletal injuries. This is what we do.