Fracture Care

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When you break a bone in a fall or accident, Newport Orthopedics will provide the care you need —from simple splinting to surgical repair — to help you achieve the best possible recovery. We want to return you to living with ease and in comfort.

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Newport Orthopedics Treats Adults and Children with Fractures

  • Shoulder, arm, and elbow fractures
  • Forearm, wrist, and hand fractures
  • Fractures of the upper and lower leg, and the knee
  • Fractures of the ankle, talus bone, and heel
  • Pelvic, acetabular, and hip fractures
  • Nonunion (unhealed) fractures
  • Complex intra-articular joint fractures

Common Types of Fractures 

  • Stable fractures, when the broken ends of the bone are barely out of place.
  • An open or compound fracture, when the skin may be pierced by the broken bone itself or by a blow that causes a wound at the same time. The bone may or may not be visible.
  • Transverse fractures, which have a horizontal fracture line.
  • Oblique fracture, when the bone is broken on an angle.
  • Comminuted fracture, when the bone shatters into three or more pieces.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Fractures

How quickly must a bone be set for good healing?

It’s useful to understand how bones are mended.

Bone healing is a three-step process: inflammation, bone production, and bone remodeling. The fracture causes bleeding that leads to inflammation and clotting. This process establishes the framework for forming new bone.

In the bone-production phase, fibrous tissue and cartilage replaces the clots. Over time, that is supplanted by hard bone.

The final stage, bone remodeling, continues for several months. The bone becomes denser and resumes its normal shape, and blood circulation improves.

The maximum delay before setting a fractured bone and still achieving a good outcome for the patient depends on the bone and the type of fracture. 

What factors determine how long recovery takes?

Each bone and specific fracture requires a different amount of time to heal. Factors for bone healing that patients are able to control include eating a nutritious diet, getting an adequate supply of calcium and vitamin D, controlling chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, and avoiding smoking and other sources of nicotine.

When is surgery necessary to repair a fracture?

Surgery is used to fix fractures to prevent deformity, help to avert post-traumatic arthritis, and improve the rate of healing.

If surgery is required, are plates and pins left in the body after the bones heal?

During surgical repair, plates, screws, nails, rods, and wires made of stainless steel or  titanium may be used to splint and support fractured bones while they heal. Generally, this hardware remains in place. Sometimes it causes irritation after the bone heals and it may need to be removed.

Some travelers are concerned that metals in the body will set off alarms when passing through security at the airport. You should let the TSA screener know that you have internal metal hardware. You may be taken aside for additional screening with a metal-detecting wand. To speed the screening process, wear clothing such as short-sleeved shirts or casual pants that will let you easily show your surgical scar.

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