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Trauma Surgery

Approximately 30-45% of children with trauma have multiple injuries and at least 1 skeletal fracture. There is a high incidence of fractures in children – resulting from a combination of their smaller bone structure, higher activity levels and a lower awareness of their surroundings or recognition of potentially injurious situation. Peadiatric bone is relatively soft and prone to incomplete fracture.

Examples of life-threatening musculoskeletal injuries include:

  • Pelvic crush injuries.
  • Traumatic proximal amputations.
  • Multiple open or closed fractures.

Injuries to the extremities are usually obviously identified with x-rays and is rarely life threatening. However, the importance of these injuries should never be underestimated as mismanagement could result serious abnormalities. In children, growth plates and un-ossified bones can lead to misdiagnosis and mismanagement. Early diagnosis and appropriate management is important to prevent limb deformity, shortening or stiffness.

Services offered include:

  • Conservative and operative management of upper and lower limb fractures with minimally invasive techniques.
  • Correction of shortening / deformities secondary to trauma.
  • Correction of joint stiffness with soft tissue release and mono-lateral fixator.