Board-certified orthopedic surgeons specializing in trauma treat all types of trauma patients, including those who may have been injured in auto or motorcycle accidents, falls, or other incidents. The physicians work closely with other medical specialists within the hospital, including those in general surgery, plastic surgery, and anesthesiology to provide patients with comprehensive and immediate care for their injuries.
The ultimate goal of orthopedic trauma and fracture care is to return the patient to their pre-injury functional level without pain. This begins with expert decision-making on the proper surgical or non-surgical treatment method for each trauma patient. Members of Washington University Orthopedic's trauma team have the training and the expertise to perform even the most complex surgical fracture repairs. After surgery, the team coordinates a wide range of hospital-based services aimed at initially providing adequate pain control and post-surgery rehabilitation. Discharge planning is a collaborative effort between the patient, their family, the surgical team, physical therapists and dedicated orthopedic case coordinators.