Fractures can happen to anyone, particularly if you are involved in contact sports or are suffering from osteoporosis. You may need to see a fracture surgeon for assistance.
However, fractures may still happen even with preventative measures in place. If you or a loved one have suffered a fracture as the result of a contact sport or weakened bone density through osteoporosis, you may require physical therapy or other varying treatment to aid in healing and strength regeneration. If physical therapy does not work to gain full mobility after the occurrence of a fracture, surgery may be suggested by your medical care provider or orthopaedic doctor. If surgery is something you are considering, here are a few important things to consider before choosing the best surgeon for your unique fracture.
1) Find the right fracture surgeon for your fracture. There are surgeons that work primarily in plastic surgery, while others have specializations in performing brain surgery. This means that there is not a one-size-fits-all surgeon that has experience and knowledge in every field or body part. It would be wise to consult with several orthopaedic/fracture surgeons before choosing the best surgeon to repair your fracture.
2) Ensure that your fracture surgeon has an after-repair plan in place for you. Some fracture surgeons are more cautious than others regarding your healing after surgery. Some will insist that you take ample time away from work or physical activity to guarantee proper fracture healing while others may try sending you back to work a tad bit too soon. If you would like to promote long-term results for yourself after your surgery, it is a good idea to go over your options for recovery time and recovery instructions with your potential fracture surgeon before you choose them to perform your fracture repair.
3) Determine if your fracture surgeon has had experience fixing the fracture you currently have. This can be done by both verifying their surgical and physician credentials with the local state board and through reading any patient reviews posted online. Most referrals are given based upon prior experience, so if you were referred to them, they are more than likely to have experience in the field.
If you suffered a fracture for any reason, choosing how to go about your fracture repair may not be the easiest decision for you to make. If you follow the above advice and take great care in choosing your fracture surgeon, your fracture is sure to heal in due time. Contact us today at Angelo Mattalino, MD and schedule your consultation to visit us in Phoenix, AZ!