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Fragility Fractures

NYU Winthrop Hospital's Fragility Fracture Team provides post-operative care for patients who have been admitted to the hospital with a fragility fracture. This multidisciplinary team consists of:

  • Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Medical Doctors
  • Surgical Residents
  • Orthopedic Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physical and Occupational Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Discharge Planners

These highly trained professionals collaborate to ensure that your needs are met efficiently and expertly while you recover and will care for you from admission to your discharge to home or a rehabilitation facility.

Post-Operative Care

As part of your post-operative care, you will receive physical therapy - an extremely important part of your rehabilitation process. A physical therapist will establish a plan of care for you that is specific to you and your surgery. Because we believe that patient education is one of the most important steps in your recovery, we will teach you how to prevent another fracture from occurring. When the time is right, our case managers and discharge planners work with you, your family and your orthopedic surgeon to ensure a safe discharge once you are ready to leave the hospital.

What Happens After The Hospital?

Once you have recovered enough to leave the hospital, usually 2-4 days, you may need specialized rehabilitation and nursing care before you are ready to return home. NYU Winthrop physicians care for our patients at several local rehabilitation facilities to ensure continuation of the treatment plan initiated while you were in the hospital. Our team of discharge coordinators will help you and your family decide which facility is best for you.

What Is A Fragility Fracture?

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, a fracture that occurs after a fall from a standing height is a fragility frac­ture. Bones should be able to tolerate a fall from this height without fracturing unless there is an underlying condition that weak­ens bone structure, such as osteoporosis. The most common areas where fractures occur include the hip, spine and wrist.

Osteoporosis

Bone is living tissue that is constantly being absorbed and replaced with new bone. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone does not keep up with the removal of old bone. The result is weak and brittle bones that fracture easily and with very little effort.

NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Fragility Fracture Team provides post-operative care for patients who have been admitted to the hospital with a fragility fracture. This multidisciplinary team consists of:

  • Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Medical Doctors
  • Surgical Residents
  • Orthopedic Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physical and Occupational Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Discharge Planners

These highly trained professionals collaborate to ensure that your needs are met efficiently and expertly while you recover and will care for you from admission to your discharge to home or a rehabilitation facility.

Diagnosis

A non-invasive and non-painful test called a DEXA scan is required to measure bone density. If you have a fracture, this test will be done once it has healed. Additionally, a blood test to measure your level of vitamin D, calcium and other bone markers can be performed.

Treatment

If you are diagnosed with osteoporosis, you will be prescribed supplemental calcium and vitamin D to help strengthen your bones. When you visit your orthopedic surgeon, primary care doctor or osteoporosis clinic after discharge, you may be prescribed other medication to help strengthen your bones and prevent another fracture. Additionally, a regular exercise program will build muscle mass and strengthen your bones.

Following up with your orthopedic surgeon and primary care doctor is important to diagnose and treat osteoporosis. Please make sure to schedule a follow-up appointment with your orthopedic surgeon once you are discharged.