Elbow Fractures and Trauma
There are three main types of elbow fracture, each of which can be addressed with several surgical approaches. At Silicon Valley Orthopaedics, Dr. Nic Gay and Dr. Masi Reynolds take a conservative approach toward repairing elbow injuries whenever possible.
Radial Head & Neck Fractures
This type of fracture can be complex, with a large number of fragmented pieces of bone involved. Treatment options will depend on the viability of repairing and stabilizing the bone fragments, without leaving too many bony pieces. In extreme cases, removal or replacement of the radial head is necessary as part of the surgical procedure.
An olecranon fracture is a break in the “bony tip” of the elbow. If the olecranon fracture is displaced, surgery is needed. Dr. Nic Gay and Dr. Masi Reynolds are highly accomplished orthopedic surgeons who can use conservative surgery in many cases. This involves using pins and wires, or plates and screws to hold bone fragments together after they have been realigned.
Fractures of the Distal Humerus
Children and older patients are treated more frequently than other age groups for fractures of the distal humerus. Patients may suffer from nerve or artery damage when a distal humerus fracture occurs. At Silicon Valley Orthopaedics, we carry out a thorough examination to rule out or treat these associated injuries. Surgical repair is the most likely approach to treatment with fractures of the distal humerus.
Comprehensive Orthopedic Consultation
If you suspect that you or your child has suffered a fractured elbow, Dr. Nic Gay and Dr. Masi Reynolds can see you for an examination and provide the necessary treatment.
Elbow fractures are not always obvious. You may have extensive movement in the elbow, depending on the severity of the fracture. If you have persistent or progressive elbow pain, coupled with limited movement, do not hesitate to reach out to Silicon Valley Orthopaedics for advice.