Orthopedic trauma surgery

Orthopedic trauma surgery is focused on treating damage to the musculoskeletal system, such as bones, joints or muscles. While damage to these areas can develop as a result of the natural aging process of the spine, a trauma surgery indicates that the damage has occurred suddenly as a result of an injury or accident, like a car accident or fall.

Orthopedic physicians typically specialize in one part of the musculoskeletal system, so it’s important to find one with the training and expertise to handle your specific form of orthopedic trauma. For example, if you have a major spine injury, you will want to find a reputable spine surgeon to treat your condition.

Postoperative recovery in an orthopedic hospital

Regardless of the type of orthopedic trauma experienced, if you require traditional open spine surgery in a hospital, the recovery process can be lengthy and involved. Here are some of the things you can expect:

  • Recovery typically requires several nights of hospitalization to monitor your stability.
  • Orthopedic surgeons and nurses will stop by your room frequently to check your incision and ensure it isn’t infected or swollen.
  • If necessary, you will meet with a physical therapist to either begin rehabilitation or prepare you for recovery once you are released.
  • You will eventually be cleared to leave the hospital, with specific instructions on the activities to avoid and plans for how to continue your recovery process from home.
  • Continued rehabilitation will likely occur for several months after your orthopedic trauma surgery to ensure you return to full strength.

Alternatives

It is important to remember that not all spine surgeries are traumatic. In fact, Laser Spine Institute offers minimally invasive, outpatient procedures as an alternative to traditional open back surgery for many nonemergency conditions.

Our minimally invasive spine surgery is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open neck or back surgery,^ resulting in lower risk of complication and shorter recovery times.^ Because we take a minimally invasive approach to accessing the spine, our patients avoid overnight hospitalization by having surgery in one of our comfortable outpatient surgery centers.

Our minimally invasive decompression surgeries are the safer alternatives to many traditional open back surgeries, while our minimally invasive stabilization surgeries are safer alternatives to many open back fusions.^

To find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We can review your MRI report or CT scan to help you make a confident decision about your spine care needs.