Your Fort Myers Orthopedic Doctors for Trauma Care
Orthopedic Trauma Specialist
When you have suffered a traumatic musculoskeletal injury like a broken bone, the consequences can seem overwhelming. It is important to have the right medical team, the right treatment plan, and the best possible care.
Traumatic injuries demand expert care; their treatment requires highly specialized training of the physician. The Orthopedic Trauma Center at Orthopedic Specialists of SW Florida provides this type of care. We have the experience needed to manage traumatic musculoskeletal injury and we understand the effects it can have on your life. With an OSSWF orthopedic trauma surgeon, trauma patients receive comprehensive fracture and traumatic musculoskeletal injury care, so that they can return to functional and productive lifestyles.
If you’re ready to receive compassionate, top-level orthopedic trauma care from the best orthopedic surgeons Fort Myers has to offer, Orthopedic Specialists of SWFL is here to help. Schedule your consultation with us today.
Compassionate, Experienced Orthopedic Trauma Specialists
Creating Stability for Effective Healing of Fractures
For a fracture to heal, there are two main requirements:
- Stability of the fracture while healing
- The body’s biologic ability to heal the fracture
Your Fort Myers orthopedic surgeons will ensure that your fracture achieves this stability, allowing your bone to heal not only effectively, but correctly.
Factors that affect achieving stability can include:
- Fracture anatomy: The amount of possible stability associated with the fracture. If there is a large amount of fragmentation (comminution), it is harder to stabilize.
- Bone quality: Weak bones are harder to stabilize than strong ones. Disease processes such as osteoporosis can affect proper healing.
- Pre-existing biological factors: Factors that can affect the body’s ability to heal a fracture include diabetes, peripheral vascular disease, immuno-compromisation, and malnutrition. Smoking and obesity can also hinder the healing process.
- Local soft tissue injury: If there is a significant amount of muscle damage around the fracture.
Patient outcomes following a traumatic injury can vary. While the severity of a patient’s injury, as well as a number of other factors, significantly affect the final outcome for any patient, the most important element in recovery is the patient’s contribution and attitude towards healing. We frequently see patients that, while having severe injuries, have remarkable recoveries, which are largely due to the patient’s own determination and hard work.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between a trauma surgeon vs orthopedic surgeon?
An orthopedic surgeon is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of problems with the bones, joints, muscles, and tendons. A trauma surgeon is an orthopedic surgeon who has completed additional training in caring for patients who have sustained serious injuries. Both types of surgeons are trained in performing surgery, but trauma surgeons typically have more experience in performing complex surgeries and caring for patients who are critically ill or injured.
Why is physical therapy so important to my recovery?
Physical therapy plays an important role on the road to recovery from a traumatic injury. It can take many forms including home physical therapy, outpatient physical therapy, and home exercise programs. Time with a physical therapist is designed to educate the patient about exercises and techniques to recover from their injury.
Visits to physical therapy are very important, but the most important form of physical therapy is daily exercise done on the patient’s own time. We encourage patients to be dedicated as much as possible in their physical therapy to achieve the best outcome.
Do you provide assistance with insurance and billing?
We strive to complete all requested insurance and disability paperwork in a timely manner; however, this paperwork will usually not be available on the day we receive it. We can fax the paperwork once it has been completed.
We also recognize that a traumatic musculoskeletal injury is a major unplanned financial burden that can affect a patient’s income. Our billing office will work diligently with you to find resources for assistance if necessary. As long as patients are open to work with the billing staff on creating a scheduled payment plan, we can work with most financial situations.
How can I get started with the best orthopedic trauma surgeon near me?
OSSWF makes it easy to get started on your road to a complete recovery. Just use our online scheduling tool to request your first consultation with us. We can’t wait to get started.