Treating Trauma at Its Source
Orthopaedic traumatology is a subspecialty of orthopaedic surgery that deals mainly with the treatment of difficult fractures, dislocations and other injuries to the extremities and pelvis. Orthopaedic traumatologists also have special expertise in treatment problems and complications that often occur after these difficult injuries.
Offering Complete Fracture Care
Fractures are one of the biggest trauma injuries, and can be separated into two types: those that affect the long bones of the body such as the femur (thigh bone) or tibia (shin bone) and those that disrupt the joints (intraarticular fractures) such as the knee, hip or elbow. While such fractures can still be treated with casts, splints or bed rest, newer techniques of fracture treatment often allow early mobilization, joint movement (to prevent stiffness) and faster return of function.
With fractures of the long bones, complications may include healing of the limb in a short, rotated or angulated position or persistent pain. With fractures that extend into a joint, the main concerns are stiffness and subsequent arthritis. A failure to heal or the development of an infection can also complicate this type of fracture. The expertise of orthopaedic traumatologists is particularly suited to treat open (compound) fractures, intraarticular fractures and fractures of the pelvis and the foot.
At North Jersey Orthopaedic Institute (NJOI), our trauma specialists are all experienced in managing these complex injuries, as well as problems or complications that may arise from their care. Our expertise also includes the care of infected fractures (including those needing vascular, nerve and plastic surgical procedures), and problems that occur when fractures fail to heal or heal incorrectly in a shortened position. Other areas of expertise include pediatric fractures and the evaluation of patients who have pain or limping after sustaining injury to an extremity.
Meet Our Specialists
Dr. Reilly has a special interest in treatment of fractures of the hip socket (acetabulum) and pelvis as well as the reconstruction of hip and pelvis problems resulting from old fractures or adult hip dysplasia.