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My Broken Leg

9 out of 10 stars (2 votes)

Patient mutual support group. Has over 600 "diaries" describing patients' experiences with lower limb fractures. Also has a forum for patients to discuss issues related to their injury and offer mutual support.

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Bone Fixator

9 out of 10 stars (1 vote)

BoneFixator.com - Information and products for bone healing, deformity reduction, fracture fixation.
The website contains useful information on long bone anatomy, bone fracture, fracture types, bone healing and fixation methods and devices. Taylor Spatial Frame (TSF)  fixator is covered in great depth. Additionally challenges and solutions to reproducible x-ray taking are discussed.

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Cast Care eMedicine

Useful Patient Information. Includes Introduction Fracture Types And Healing How Casts Are Applied Ice And Elevation Taking Care Of Your Cast How A Cast Is Removed Complications When To Call Your Doctor Bibliography

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Debridement

Definition Debridement is the process of removing dead (necrotic) tissue or foreign material from and around a wound to expose healthy tissue. Purpose An open wound or ulcer can not be properly evaluated until the dead tissue or foreign matter is removed. Wounds that contain necrotic and ischemic (low oxygen content) tissue take longer to close and heal. This is because necrotic tissue provides an ideal growth medium for bacteria, especially for Bacteroides spp. and Clostridium perfringens that causes the gas gangrene so feared in military medical practice. Though a wound may not necessarily be infected, the bacteria can cause inflammation and strain the body's ability to fight infection. Debridement is also used to treat pockets of pus called abscesses. Abscesses can develop into a general infection that may invade the bloodstream (sepsis) and lead to amputation and even death. Burned tissue or tissue exposed to corrosive substances tends to form a hard black crust, called an eschar, while deeper tissue remains moist and white, yellow and soft, or flimsy and inflamed. Eschars may also require debridement to promote healing. Encyclopedia of Surgery: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers

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Emergency Surgery

Definition Emergency surgery is non-elective surgery performed when the patient's life or well-being is in direct jeopardy. Largely performed by surgeons specializing in emergency medicine, this surgery can be conducted for many reasons but occurs most often in urgent or critical cases in response to trauma, cardiac events, poison episodes, brain injuries, and pediatric medicine. Encyclopedia of Surgery: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers

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Finger Reattacment

Definition Finger reattachment (or replacement) is defined as reattachment of the part that has been completely amputated. Purpose Replantation refers to reattachment of a completely severed part, meaning there is no physical connection between the part that has been cut off and the person. Reattachment can be surgically performed for the finger and such other detached body parts, as the hand or arm. Encyclopedia of Surgery: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers

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Fracture Patient Information AAOS

Search for Fracture in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Patient Information Site
350 pages as of Jan 2008

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Fracture Repair

Definition Fracture repair is the process of rejoining and realigning the ends of broken bones, usually performed by an orthopedist, general surgeon, or family doctor. In cases of an emergency, first aid measures should be used to provide temporary realignment and immobilization until proper medical help is available. Encyclopedia of Surgery: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers

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Glossary of terms associated with leg fractures

Alphabetical partly illustrated list of Orthopaedic jargon terms employed by doctors to describe leg fractures, treatment and complications. Includes angulation, displacement, external fixation, intramedullary rod, healing of fractures, nonunion, Plate, pulmonary embolus, stiffness etc.

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Kneecap Removal

Definition Kneecap removal, or patellectomy, is the partial or total surgical removal of the patella, commonly called the kneecap. Purpose Kneecap removal is performed under three circumstances: The kneecap is fractured or shattered. The kneecap dislocates easily and repeatedly. Degenerative arthritis of the kneecap causes extreme pain. Encyclopedia of Surgery: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers

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Search for Patient Information on Fractures

Google Search using string allintitle: (fracture OR "Broken Bone") patient (guide OR education OR information)

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Spinal Injuries Association

United Kingdom national organisation of spinal cord injured people. The Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) was set up in 1974 in order to support people with SCI. The founders themselves had SCI and, to this day, SIA is run by a board of trustees who live with spinal cord injury.

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Thumb Injuries

Thumb injury or broken thumb is a serious injury, which can cause functional disability of the entire hand. Read more about it.

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Traction

Definition Traction is force applied by weights or other devices to treat bone or muscle disorders or injuries. Purpose Traction treats fractures, dislocations, or muscle spasms in an effort to correct deformities and promote healing. Encyclopedia of Surgery: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers

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Wound Care

Definition A wound is a disruption in the continuity of cells—anything that causes cells that would normally be connected to become separated. Wound healing is the restoration of that continuity. Several effects may result with the occurrence of a wound: immediate loss of all or part of organ functioning, sympathetic stress response, hemorrhage and blood clotting, bacterial contamination, and death of cells. The most important factor in minimizing these effects and promoting successful care is careful asepsis, which can be accomplished using aseptic techniques when treating a wound. Encyclopedia of Surgery: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers

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