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If you or a loved one suffers a fracture and is rushed to the Tufts Medical Center Emergency Department, you’ll be treated by the experienced surgeons of our Orthopedic Trauma Program.
You’ll be in excellent hands because:
Scott Ryan, MD has served as Chief of the Orthopedic Trauma Program since 2011. He received fellowship training in trauma at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, which is recognized internationally for excellence in trauma research, patient care and teaching. Dr. Ryan is an expert in handling the most complex fractures in the lower extremities, shoulder, upper arm, pelvis and acetabulum.
Our Sports Medicine and Shoulder Division surgeon Matthew Salzler, MD also treat clavicle and shoulder fractures.
Orthopedist-in-Chief Charles Cassidy, MD rounds out our surgical trauma team.
When you break a bone, often you’re treated at the emergency room. But if you’re injury isn’t life-threatening, you can still make an appointment to be evaluated and treated by our orthopedic surgeons, who rank among the best in their specialties in Boston.
Our surgical staff is highly skilled in treating all basic and complex fractures, including:
In addition to our surgeons, the entire team of the Orthopedic Trauma Program is here to help you and includes:
Osteomyelitis is the medical term for a bone infection. Bone infections can occur when:
A break in the skin allows bacteria to spread into bone tissue
Bacteria spreads from an infection in another part of the body, through the blood, to infect the bone
An injury—such as a fracture, where the bone comes through the skin— exposes the bone to bacteria
Osteomyelitis in adults. There are two types of osteomyelitis, acute and chronic. Chronic osteomyelitis is more common in adults, develops over one month to several years, and can be caused by many types of bacteria. Chronic osteomyelitis occurs when an open injury or wound near a bone allows bacteria to spread into the bone. Whenever there is bone or orthopaedic hardware that is seen through the skin, bacteria has invaded that area.
Diagnosis and treatment of osteomyelitis
Our multidisciplinary approach for osteomyelitis involves coordinated care from our Orthopedic Trauma Surgery, Infectious Disease, and Vascular, Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine teams. We will perform one or more of the following types of testing to discern what type(s) of bacteria are causing the infection: blood tests, wound cultures, MRI, bone scans, and X-rays.
Once the type and cause of the osteomyelitis has been diagnosed, treatment options typically include:
Our orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Scott Ryan will:
Accepting New Patients
Title(s): Orthopaedist-in-Chief, Department of Orthopaedics, Tufts Medical Center; Henry H. Banks Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5150
Fax #: 617-636-5178
Hand, elbow and upper extremity surgery, upper extremity joint replacement surgery, peripheral nerve surgery and soft tissue reconstruction, workers' compensation
Title(s): Chief, Orthopedic Trauma; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Appt. Phone: 617-636-6014
Fax #: 617-636-5178
Fractures of the extremities, pelvis and acetabulum, osteomyelitis of the pelvis, hip and leg, workers' compensation