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Alexandra Schwartz, MD, named in top 29 orthopedic traumatologists in nation in 2012.
UC San Diego Health System orthopedic trauma specialists treat people who have sustained musculoskeletal injuries. Common injuries include fractures, ligament tears, tendon tears and joint dislocations.
“I was aware of a crowd gathering around me. I heard voices saying: stay with us…”
- Watch Dominique's story of harrowing traumatic injury - and the medical team that saved her.
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In addition to the orthopedic trauma clinic, we operate 24/7 at the UC San Diego Health System Trauma Center. Here, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, urologists and other specialists address all injuries associated with trauma. Vascular surgeons are on-call to handle traumatic injuries to large blood vessels that threaten the viability of an injured limb. Our surgeons also work closely with plastic and microvascular surgeons, as well as infectious disease specialists to address complicated open wounds requiring soft tissue reconstruction and infections.
We collaborate with our anesthesiologists, who are able to place tiny catheters near nerves that deliver numbing medicine to allow for better postoperative pain control. Patients can go home with these catheters, often allowing for a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery.
Dr. Alexandra Schwarz discusses bone fractures.
Plates and screws are most often utilized when a bone break is in or near a joint, which includes certain fractures involving the shoulder, elbow, forearm, hip, knee and ankle. The bones are moved back into proper position and a plate with screws is used to hold the fracture in place until it heals. Most often, additional casting is not needed and patients are allowed to begin moving their joints soon after surgery. Our orthopedic surgeons are on the leading-edge of plating technology. We perform advanced minimally invasive plating techniques, allowing for smaller scars, less soft tissue problems and faster healing.
Read more about advances in orthopedic surgery taking place through our research and clinical trials.
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