Mehling Orthopedics

Orthopedic Surgeons & Regenerative Medicine Specialists located in Hackensack, NJ & West Islip, NY

If you have a fracture, you’ll need the skill and expertise of a qualified orthopedic surgeon to perform fracture repair. At Mehling Orthopedics with multiple locations in Hackensack, New Jersey, or West Islip, New York, highly adept board-certified orthopedic surgeons, Brian Mehling, MD, and Pavel Yufit, MD, perform fracture repairs to help you get back on the road to optimal health and functioning. Call Mehling Orthopedics or book your appointment online today.

Fractures Q & A

What are the symptoms of a bone fracture?

The symptoms of a fracture depend on the type and location of the fracture. Fractures are associated with various symptoms, such as:

  • Immediate pain after a collision, fall, or injury
  • Tenderness or swelling
  • Pain during movement or when bearing weight

With a fracture, you’ll also experience a decreased range of motion and mobility.

What are the types of fractures?

There are several different types of fractures, including:

Compound fracture

A compound fracture is a more severe fracture that causes the bone to protrude through your skin. This can be alarming and painful. Exposure of the tissue and bone poses a risk of infection and contamination.

Stress fractures

Stress fractures are the result of repetitive musculoskeletal stress like running. Stress fractures are common for people with weakened and vulnerable bones.

Compression fractures

Compression fractures happen in your vertebrae or the bones of your spine. These tiny cracks cause back pain and are typically found with osteoarthritis.

What is a fracture repair?

A fracture repair is a surgical procedure to repair your fracture. Since your bones heal naturally, the proper alignment is the important first step to a successful recovery. In some cases, like a minor fracture, immobilization and casting might be sufficient to protect your bones while they heal.

In many cases, surgery is necessary for complete recovery, such as in instances when the bone ends have moved, the positioning has been disrupted, or several fractures have splintered bone pieces.

With a fracture repair procedure, your broken bone is fixed using plates, nails, pins, or screws. In some instances, bone grafts might be used to assist in the healing process.

What can I expect during my fracture repair?

Under general or local anesthesia, your surgeon makes a cut over the fractured bone and places the bone into the proper position before attaching or placing screws, pins, or plates in your bone either temporarily or permanently. Your surgeon can fix long bones by placing nails in the bone cavity.

Your surgeon ties or burns off any disrupted blood vessels and if a lot of bone has been lost due to the fracture, a bone graft might be necessary using bone from a donor or your own bone, typically taken from the hip. Blood vessels and nerves might be repaired with microsurgery before your surgeon closes the opening in your skin.

Learn more about what to expect before, during, or after your procedure and call Mehling Orthopedics or use the online scheduling tool today.