Trauma/Fracture Care

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Our trauma specialists are highly specialized in treating traumatic orthopedic injuries and fractures. Affiliated with Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, both of which are Level 1 trauma centers verified by the American College of Surgeons, patients will have the best in physician expertise and comprehensive services for both inpatient and outpatient care. Our trauma team has an unmatched amount of experience, seeing over 4,000 patient visits per year. To round out care, we offer a fracture liaison service.

Make an appointment today by calling 314-514-3500, or request an appointment online.

Commonly Treated Conditions

Our physicians are specialty trained to deal with any and all fractures including the treatment and management of patients with multiple fractures.

Upper extremity:

  • Clavicle fractures
  • Elbow fractures including the distal humerus, olecranon, radial head
  • Forearm fractures including the radius and ulna
  • Shoulder fractures including the proximal humerus
  • Upper arm fractures including the humeral shaft

Lower extremity:

  • Distal femur fractures
  • Distal tibia fractures
  • Femoral shaft fractures
  • Fractures of the ankle
  • Fractures of the foot including the calcaneus, talus and midfoot fractures (LisFranc injuries)
  • Hip fractures
  • Knee fractures including the patella and tibial plateau
  • Proximal tibia fractures
  • Tibial shaft fractures

Fractures of the Pelvis and Acetabulum:

  • Hip socket fractures
  • Pubic fractures
  • Sacral fractures

We also treat the following:

  • Complications of trauma
  • Mal-union (healed fracture deformities)
  • Microsurgical limb reconstruction
  • Nerve and tendon injuries
  • Non-union (unhealed fractures)
  • Osteomyelitis (infection of the bone)
  • Periprosthetic fractures
  • Post-traumatic reconstruction of the upper and lower extremities
  • Traumatic spinal injuries

Treatment Approach

Our board-certified orthopedic trauma surgeons are fellowship- trained in trauma care and work closely with other medical  specialists to treat all types of injured patients including those with high and low energy trauma, upper or lower extremity injuries, and those with both acute and post traumatic problems.

We provide the most comprehensive range of trauma services in the region including limb reconstruction, general surgery, intensive and critical care, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, and geriatric and osteoporosis care. Our team also includes subspecialists in bone infectious diseases, who will customize antibiotic therapies in the case of an open fracture or infection. Our 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. This multidisciplinary approach allows for expert decision making regarding surgical or nonsurgical approaches and reconstructive needs.

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.

Research & Clinical Trials

For information on current clinical trials related to orthopedics, or to make an appointment with a specialist with Washington University Orthopedics, please call (314) 514-3500 or toll free (866) 867-3627.

Meet Our Team

Anna N. Miller, MD, FACS

Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Chief, Orthopaedic Trauma

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Christopher McAndrew, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Kathryn Fischer, PA-C

Kathryn Fischer, PA-C

Physician Assistant

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