Up to 6.8 million Americans suffer fractures or broken bones each year. At DuPage Spine and Orthopaedics in Hinsdale, Illinois, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon Kevin Koutsky, MD, and the team offer high-quality fracture care to teenagers and adults. Their conservative, minimally invasive treatment approach complements the body’s healing process, letting you return to your favorite activities sooner. Call DuPage Spine and Orthopaedics today to schedule an appointment, or book your visit online.
Open and closed fractures are two of the most common types of broken bones:
Open, or compound, fractures occur when a bone breaks through your skin. They often take longer to heal and increase the risk of infection and other complications.
Closed fractures cause a bone to break into two or more pieces, but it doesn’t protrude through the skin. These fractures heal quicker and usually don’t require surgery.
It’s important to treat fractures promptly to ensure there’s no damage to the surrounding structures, like your blood vessels and nerves.
Fracture symptoms include:
You might have a bump or another visible abnormality, depending on the fracture’s size and location.
Dr. Koutsky reviews your medical records, asks about your symptoms, and completes an exam. He checks the affected area, looking for bruising, swelling, or a bone protruding through your skin. Most fractures can be diagnosed visually, but he might order X-rays to assess the severity.
The DuPage Spine and Orthopaedics team treats fractures using a conservative, minimally invasive approach. Dr. Koutsky might suggest:
With immobilization, you wear a cast or splint for several weeks or months. These devices hold your bones in the proper position while your body heals.
Dr. Koutsky recommends closed reduction if your broken bones are severely misaligned. He administers a local anesthetic to prevent pain and manually moves your bones back into the proper position. He then applies a cast or splint to speed up the healing process.
Dr. Koutsky recommends surgery for severe fractures that break a bone (or bones) into multiple pieces. During surgery, he realigns your bones and inserts rods, pins, and fasteners to hold them in position.
Mild to moderate fractures typically heal within 6-8 weeks, but more severe fractures can take several months or up to a year. The length of your recovery depends on various factors, including what caused the fracture, the type of fracture, and the treatment you need.
Call DuPage Spine and Orthopaedics today to schedule an appointment, or book your visit online.