Pelvis Fracture

Mehling Orthopedics

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

A pelvic fracture can be especially concerning and should be treated with the utmost precision, care, and prowess of a trained orthopedic surgeon. At Mehling Orthopedics, with multiple locations in Hackensack, New Jersey, or West Islip, New York, board-certified orthopedic surgeons, Brian Mehling, MD, and Pavel Yufit, MD, have extensive experience treating pelvic fractures with highly successful results. If you’re in need of care for a pelvic fracture, call Mehling Orthopedics or schedule via the web.

Pelvis Fracture Q & A

What is a pelvic fracture?

Your pelvis refers to the sturdy ring of bones located at the base of your spine. Pelvic fractures aren’t common and only account for around 3% of all adult fractures.

Your pelvic bones include your: 

  • Sacrum — large triangular bone at the base of your spine
  • Coccyx — tailbone
  • Hip bones on either side

With more severe fractures, there are typically two or more breaks in the pelvic ring and the ends of the broken bones don’t line up correctly (displacement).

With open fractures, the bone fragments protrude out through your skin and infection can develop. With closed fractures, your skin isn’t broken.

What causes a pelvic fracture?

Most pelvic fractures are the result of some type of traumatic, high-energy event, such as a car accident, crush accident, or a fall from a significant height. 

In some cases, a lower-impact event, such as a minor fall from standing or even a routine activity like getting out of the bathtub or descending stairs, might be enough to cause a pelvic fracture in a person with weaker bones.

How are pelvic fractures treated?

The right treatment for your pelvic fracture depends on the severity of the injury. Following a physical examination, testing, and imaging studies, your surgeon determines the best way to treat your pelvic fracture.

For more stable fractures where the bones are nondisplaced or minimally displaced, walking aids, medications, lifestyle changes, and other nonsurgical methods might be recommended.

Many pelvic fractures require one or more surgical procedures to stabilize your pelvic area. There are different types of surgical procedures.

External fixation

With external fixation, your surgeon inserts metal pins or screws into your bones through small incisions into the skin and muscle. The screws and pins project out of the skin on both sides of your pelvis where they’re carefully attached to carbon fiber bars outside of your skin. The external fixator is a stabilizing frame to hold your broken bones in the proper position.

Skeletal traction

Skeletal traction is a technique involving a pulley system of weights and counterweights that help to realign pieces of bone. Your surgeon implants metal pins into your thigh or shin bone and weights are attached to the pins. The weights gently pull on your leg to keep the broken bone fragments in a more normal position.

Open reduction and internal fixation

Open reduction and internal fixation involve your surgeon repositioning the displaced bone fragments into normal alignment and holding them together with screws or metal plates attached to the outer surface of your bone. 

For exceptional treatment for your pelvis fracture, click or call Mehling Orthopedics today.