Penn Orthopaedics

Clinical Activity

Orthopaedic Trauma and Fracture Care

Penn Orthopaedics treats the entire spectrum of injuries and injury-related disorders, ranging from simple accidents arising from recreational, sport or domestic activities to the severest cases of multiple trauma. Due to the various levels of care provided, Penn Orthopaedics works closely with the Division of Trauma within the Department of General Surgery, as well as the Department of Neurosurgery, the Intensive Care Unit, and the Emergency Room.

Focused on the treatment of:

  • Fractures in adults
  • Severe injuries to joints and limbs
  • Surgical treatment of injuries to the pelvis, hip socket and spine
  • Minimally invasive and orthobiologic procedures

In addition, Penn Orthopaedics performs and studies a wide range of skeletal reconstructive surgical procedures, including endoprosthetic techniques (e.g. hip prostheses and shoulder prostheses), as well as limb correctional procedures.

Clinical Care

The clinical care Penn Orthopaedics provide includes, but is not limited to, the following:


  • Severe fractures of the upper and lower extremities, including open and complex periarticular injuries
  • Spinal fractures
  • Pelvic and acetabular (hip socket) fractures
  • Complex long bone (e.g., femur, tibia, humerus) fractures
  • Polytrauma
  • Hand and upper extremity services including microvascular surgery, arthroscopic surgery and reconstructive surgery


  • Nonunions (bones that do not heal)
  • Malunions (bones that heal improperly)
  • Infections and osteomyelitis

Radiographs of Pre- and Post-Fixation

Click each image for a larger view of before and after radiographs, as well as a description of the injury and surgery performed.