Trauma and fractures

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There is a huge variation in the type and severity of fractures and injuries that can occur.
For many of these, surgery is not necessary, but others greatly benefit from surgical intervention.
The surgical treatment of fractures has advanced considerably in the last few years, allowing patients to get back to full activity much faster, and minimising the problems associated with injuries.

Most major trauma is best dealt with at the larger public hospitals such as Fremantle and Fiona Stanley Hospitals, where all the facilities and support staff are best set up to deal with any eventualities. Orthopaedics WA are trauma surgeons there so we can see you and treat you there privately—Professor Yates is also the Head of service at Fiona Stanley Hospital. Less serious injuries, can be safely treated at Murdoch hospital, which has the only emergency department in a private hospital in Western Australia.

Orthopaedics WA treat all fractures (except spines) including pelvic and acetabular fractures, malunions, non-unions, and some children’s injuries.
Methods of fixation
Methods of fixation include plates and screws, nails, and external frames.
Complications depend on the injury and the surgery, but also include those relating to the anaesthetic, infection, DVT/PE, loss of function, nerve/vessel injury, failure of union of the fracture (nonunion) or deformity (malunion).

Frequently, patients with fractures and injuries never fully get back to their pre-injury level.
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DVT and PE

Fractures: An Overview
Fractures: Types and Treatment
Growth Plate Fractures
Helping Fractures Heal (Orthobiologics)
Stress Fractures

Foot and Ankle Fractures
Ankle Fractures
Calcaneus (Heel Bone) Fractures
Lisfranc (Midfoot) Fracture
Pilon Fractures
Stress Fractures of the Foot and Ankle
Talus Fractures
Toe and Forefoot Fractures

Hip Fractures
Hip Fractures
Pelvis Fractures
Falls and Hip Fractures
Hip Fracture Facts
Live it Safe: Prevent Broken Hips
Preventing Hip Fractures
Hip Strains
Muscle Strains in the Thigh

Knee and Leg Injuries
Common Knee Injuries
Hamstring Muscle Strain
Fractures of the Proximal Tibia
Growth Plate Fractures
Patellar (Kneecap) Fractures
Pediatric Thighbone (Femur) Fracture
Shinbone Fractures Overview
Stress Fractures
Thighbone (Femur) Fracture
Tibia (Shinbone) Shaft Fractures
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries
Collateral Ligament Injuries
Combined Knee Ligament Injuries
Meniscal Tear
Patellar Tendon Tear
Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
Quadriceps Tendon Tear
Unstable Kneecap

Pain Syndromes
Osgood-Schlatter Disease (Knee Pain)
Runner's Knee (Patellofemoral Pain)
Shin Splints

Shoulder, Arm, Elbow Fractures
Broken Arm
Broken Collarbone
Distal Humerus Fractures
Elbow Fractures in Children
Forearm Fractures in Children
Fracture of the Shoulder Blade (Scapula)
Olecranon (Elbow) Fractures
Radial Head Fractures
Shoulder Trauma

Hand and Wrist Fractures
Distal Radius Fracture (Colles' Fracture)

Sprains, Strains and Other Injuries
Sprains and Strains: What's the Difference?
Sprains, Strains and Other Soft Tissue Injuries
Sprained Ankle

Nonsurgical Treatment
Care of Casts and Splints
How to Use Crutches, Canes and Walkers
Knee Exercises