Frequently Asked Questions
What is Trauma?
The word “Trauma” is a serious injury or shock to the body, due to violence or an accident. It can be either an emotional wound or shock that creates substantial lasting damage to the psychological development of a person, often leading to neurosis. Trauma is relatively a situation that causes great distress and disruption.
What is Geriatric Trauma?
The traumatic injury that occurs to an elderly person is called as Geriatric Trauma. The three major causes for traumatic death of elderly people are falls, traffic collisions and burns.
What are the risks of treatment in fracture care?
Both operative and non-operative treatments in fracture care, have risks like stiffness in joints, the bones do not mend together, misaligned bones, and arthritis. Sometimes, there is a rare chance of infection and nerve injuries to occur.
How to prepare for Fracture surgery?
Fracture surgery is generally done in an emergency and it is not always possible for preparation but in case if time permits:
- Complete pre-operative examinations suggested by surgeon/doctor
- Make sure to arrange someone to drive you home from the hospital after the surgery.
- Call and verify the appointment time for ready availability.
- Refrain from eating or drinking anything after midnight the night before surgery.
What is Polytrauma (Multiple Fractures)?
Polytrauma or Multiple Fractures/trauma is a medical term to describe the state of a person with multiple traumatic injuries such as a serious head injury in addition to a serious burn.
What is Complicated Redo Fracture Surgeries?
Complicated Redo Fracture Surgeries are performed by an experienced surgeon who can treat the fracture cases operated elsewhere. The complications that are raised due to the earlier surgery like Non-Union, Implant Breakage and Infections will be rectified.
What is Infection in Orthopaedic Surgery?
Infection in orthopaedic surgeries is very common and quite a tragedy for both the patient and the surgeon. There is higher rate of infection associated with implant surgeries.
How should a patient be on the day of the surgery?
- If the patient is under any medication, he/she should take pills with just a sip of water on the day of the surgery.
- The patient should not take any pills related to diabetics or inject any insulin.
- The patient should not wear any ornaments on body and it is always advised to leave the valuables at home.
- The patient should wear loose fitted garments.
Can risk of fracture change with time?
Yes, the risk of fracture grows higher as the age advances. Bone mineral density declines as people get older and there is excessive bone loss that increases the risk rate of fracture.
What are main risk factors for fractures?
The major risk factors that are considered to be the root cause of fractures are age factor, bone mineral, body weight, history of prior fracture after the age of 50 and any falls past one year.