Fractures are common and may result from an accident or an underlying health condition. No matter the cause or the severity of the break, fractures need early and ongoing medical care. Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Anthony J. Berni, MD, provides expert care for all types of fractures at his office in O’Fallon, Missouri. Whether you have a simple fracture that needs casting or a complex fracture that requires surgery, you’re in good hands with Dr. Berni. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Fractures are breaks or cracks in one of your bones. Most fractures result from high force impact or stress. However, fractures also occur in people with certain medical conditions that weaken their bones, like osteoporosis.
When you break a bone, your body protects the area with a blood clot and fibrous tissue. Then, bone cells form on either side of the fracture and grow toward each other to close the break.
Immediate medical care for your fracture is the best way to ensure proper healing and prevent complications such as an infection.
Dr. Berni is an experienced orthopedic surgeon and treats all types of fractures, except back and neck fractures.
There are many ways you can break a bone. The location, direction, and severity of your break determine its type.
Types of fractures include:
Simple fractures are fractured pieces of bones that are well-aligned and stable.
With an unstable fracture, the bone fragments are misaligned or displaced.
An open fracture is a severe fracture where the broken bone pierces the skin. This type of fracture increases the risk of infection.
A greenstick fracture is a type of fracture that occurs in children. With this type of fracture, there’s a bend on one side of the bone, but no break.
Dr. Berni takes an individualized approach to fracture care based on the type, location, and cause of your fracture. He offers medical and surgical treatments.
Medical treatments for fractures include casting or traction.
With casting, Dr. Berni aligns any displaced bones (closed reduction) and immobilizes the body part with a splint or cast made from fiberglass or plaster.
Traction is a medical treatment for fractures not suitable for casting. With traction, Dr. Berni uses various tools (tape or pins and weights) to realign the bones and keep them in place during the healing process.
Dr. Berni may perform an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) or external fixation for severe fractures.
During ORIF, Dr. Berni performs surgery to expose and align the bones and keep them in place with internal devices like wires, plates, and screws.
With external fixation, Dr. Berni places pins and screws above and below the fracture site that are connected to a metal rod outside the skin.
Fractures take weeks or months to heal. Dr. Berni carefully monitors the healing process and refers you to physical therapy for exercises that support the healing process.
For expert fracture care, call the office of Anthony J. Berni, MD, or book an appointment online today.