Lanette F. Smith, MD
Location and Office HoursBreast Surgery of Tulsa
6475 S Yale
Tulsa, OK 74136
- Hillcrest Medical Center
How is an intertrochanteric femur fracture treated?
An intertrochanteric femur fracture (a fracture below the head and neck of the femur), is typically treated through several small incisions using a percutaneous approach (performed through the skin) or limited surgical approach. In the operating room, using fluoroscopy imaging, doctors put a metal rod down the center of the bone and connect the ball and neck of the femur back to the shaft of the femur with a screw on either end of the rod. This allows the person to walk immediately after surgery. There is very little blood loss, so it's a relatively safe operation.
How does the body react to a skin injury?
When skin is injured, immune cells rush to the site to remove debris, invading pathogens, and dead and damaged skin cells. A blood clot forms over the area, forming a protective scab. Skin cells manufacture new collagen and connective tissue to fill in the wound. A scar may form depending on the location and severity of the wound, how well it is cared for, and the tendency the injured person has toward scarring.
Is organ injury a potential risk of radical prostatectomy?
Johns Hopkins Medicine answered
Although uncommon, possible injury to surrounding tissue and organs including bowel, vascular structures, pelvic musculature, and nerves could require further procedures. Transient injury to nerves or muscles can also occur, depending on the patient's positioning during the operation.
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