Orthopedic Services

Highly Specialized Trauma and Fracture Care

When trauma occurs, getting to the most specialized traumatic care - as soon as possible - gets you on the path to recovery right away.

Most traumatic injuries involve orthopedic trauma. Often the result of an accident, including sports injuries, orthopedic trauma can be life altering and requires immediate attention. University Hospitals’ nationally recognized orthopedic trauma specialists, also called traumatologists, are board-certified and fellowship-trained in orthopedic trauma and care for any orthopedic injury – from simple isolated fractures to severe life-threatening accidents with multiple types of fractures and injuries. Our orthopedic trauma specialists provide innovative trauma treatment options, always minimizing the effects of treatment so our patients can heal. Some of our most innovative techniques include:

  • Improved bone-grafting techniques, including the innovative Ilizarov technique, which makes it possible to lengthen a normal bone gradually and fill in where bone is missing
  • Skeletal realignments and stabilizations using closed, percutaneous, external and internal fixation techniques

Focused Orthopedic Trauma Team Delivers Immediate Care

Orthopedic trauma is any bone fracture, or joints or soft tissue injury, including injuries of the muscles, ligaments and tendons. Our team at UH takes care of any traumatic injury for any age patient – from the youngest to the most elderly – including:

  • ATV accidents
  • Biking accidents
  • Car accidents
  • Falls
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Pedestrian accidents
  • Sports injuries

Our orthopedic trauma team at University Hospitals developed our high-quality trauma program with the most modern approach to trauma care – bringing together a focused team that can immediately address any traumatic injury. With immediate access to operating rooms, our team provides continuous and comprehensive services from injury through post-traumatic rehabilitation and on to recovery for traumatic musculoskeletal injuries, including:

  • Acute trauma injuries
  • Bone loss due to an open fracture
  • Complex fractures of the hip, leg, knee, shoulder, spine, neck and pelvic bones
  • Delayed healing or non-healing fractures
  • Hand trauma
  • Limb salvage
  • Lower extremity trauma
  • Staged approach for long-term traumatic injury
  • Post-traumatic injury issues that have not healed properly
  • Post-traumatic bone or joint limb infections
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Spine trauma
  • Upper extremity trauma

Level I Trauma Center Excellence

As a Level I Trauma Center, University Hospitals provides residents across northeast Ohio access to the highest level of trauma care.

And with of our system-wide network of UH hospitals, we have the ability to help more people get to the right care they need more efficiently.

Our multi-disciplinary approach provides access to any medical care needed through the entire lifespan of a traumatic injury to treat complex cases. We ensure each patient receives the care needed to resume a full and active lifestyle. Our highly specialized team includes general surgeons, orthopedic trauma surgeons, vascular and neurological surgeons to handle any aspect of a trauma injury. We also coordinate care with our Level I Pediatric Trauma Center at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.

Because time is critical in dealing with trauma and other emergencies, UH works with local emergency medical service teams to help equip community response teams with potentially lifesaving equipment to use before arriving at hospitals. This enables local EMS crews to treat patients en route to hospitals.

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