What is a Geriatric Fracture?
The most common types of fractures in older adults, called fragility fractures, are caused by fragile bones due to osteoporosis. They can occur anywhere in the body, but are most frequent in the pelvis, hip, and spine.
It’s estimated that half of women and a quarter of men over age 50 will experience an osteoporosis-related fracture at some point in their lives.
UR Medicine's Treatments for Geriatric Fracture
UR Medicine’s Geriatric Fracture Centers at Highland Hospital and Strong Memorial Hospital are dedicated exclusively to the care of older patients who suffer a fracture. We provide complete care, including repairing the injured bones, improving physical function, and steps to help prevent future fractures.
A hallmark of the Geriatric Fracture Center is co-management of patients by both an orthopedic surgical and medical team. Surgeons collaborate with geriatricians and internal medicine specialists to address all the medical, surgical, and functional needs of our patients.
Our treatment model shortens wait times for surgery, leading to quicker discharge after surgery. For patients who need surgery, getting in sooner and getting patients moving right after surgery means patients face fewer complications such as skin infections or pneumonia.
Our pre-surgical evaluation includes surgical risk assessment and optimization, paying close attention to what matters most to older adults. We ensure our treatment procedures are aligned with national best practices such as early mobilization after an operation. Within those practices, we tailor treatment to each patient’s individual goals.
Other services we provide include:
- Home heath care, home safety assessments, and rehabilitation assistance through UR Medicine Home Care.
- Post-surgical rehabilitation at The Highlands at Pittsford, the Highlands at Brighton, M.M. Ewing Continuing Care Center, and many other partner nursing facilities in the area.
- Social workers with specialized geriatric training and experience to provide complete case management.
What Sets Us Apart?
We believe in the team approach to care, where surgery, geriatric, and medicine specialists, anesthesiology, nursing, therapists, care coordinators and social workers are all working together to provide the best care.
Our Fast-Track Admission provides:
- Expedited evaluation in the Emergency Department
- Direct admission to The Geriatric Fracture Center from other hospitals and emergency departments through the Strong Consult & Transfer Center
Because we specialize in fractures in older adults, our surgeons are experienced in the most complex and demanding procedures, such as repairing fractures near previous hip and knee replacements.
Our surgeons and geriatrics-trained health professionals work together to manage care, taking into account unique issues that may affect older patients when deciding whether to operate and when helping them after surgery.
We’re experts in patient-centered and goal-based care, working across the continuum of a patient’s needs.
Through our shared vision and collaboration, we ensure that patients receive the highest quality care and seamless transitions.
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