A fracture nonunion is a bone that doesn't heal properly. While most bones do heal on their own, certain factors can put you at risk. Too much movement or too little blood flow can contribute to nonunions, as can smoking, diabetes, anemia, and general poor health.
A nonunion can occur anywhere, but common culprits are the femur, tibia, and humerus.
There are a few treatment options—both surgical and non-surgical—that range from a bone stimulator device to bone grafting to revision surgery.
A complex fracture is a particularly severe break and can mean damage to multiple bones, soft tissue, tendons, ligaments, or joints. This type of injury often requires emergency orthopedic care. A car crash, a bad fall on the ski slope, or some other accident are common causes of complex fractures.
Treatment usually entails surgery, though each case and treatment plan is unique.
Pelvis and Acetabulum Fractures
Our team specializes in pelvis and acetabulum fractures in particular. These complex fractures are challenging to treat given the proximity to vital organs and blood vessels.
A periprosthetic fracture or nonunion is a broken bone near a previous hip or knee implant. There may be limited bone stock, requiring special techniques to facilitate healing of these complicated fractures. Our trauma surgeons often work in tandem with our total hip and knee surgeons to make sure you return to your highest level of health.