Q: My mom fell and broke a bone in her knee. Does she need to see a specialist, or can a general orthopedist treat her injury?
A: Fractures are a common occurrence after slip and falls. Many fractures can be treated without
surgery and will heal. The patient can expect a full recovery. However, some fractures that appear
benign can, in fact, be a complex injury. A fracture may extend into the joint or have an associated soft-tissue injury that may make the treatment more complex. In addition, fractures that do require surgery,
if not treated appropriately, are more likely to not heal, or in some instances, develop an infection. Even
the most common of injuries that we treat, such as a hip fracture, requires an experienced orthopedic
surgeon to ensure optimal recovery of the patient.
My fellowship training in orthopedic traumatology has provided me with the knowledge and expertise
to treat complex fractures. I am a member of the Orthopedic Trauma Association, and continue to
participate in ongoing lectures and conferences dedicated to the treatment of complex orthopedic
injuries. I am the Chief of Orthopedic Trauma at Delray Medical Center and Vice Chief of Orthopedics at
Boca Raton Regional Hospital. I have served the South Palm Beach community for over ten years.
Hip fractures are a common injury among the elderly. The aging process causes bones to lose density and, as a result, become weak and susceptible to hip fractures. A hip fracture is a serious injury, commonly causing loss of mobility and function. Fortunately, surgery by a skilled surgeon to repair a hip fracture is generally very effective. There are also medications such as Fosamax that can help to strengthen bones, but these must be used with caution. The best remedy for a hip fracture is prevention.
Dr. Russell Weisz of South Palm Orthopedics gave a lecture on hip fractures, how to avoid them and will help local residents navigate the use of Fosamax to treat bone weakening. The lecture took place at the Delray Beach Public Library at 100 West Atlantic Avenue, Delray Beach on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 2PM. Local residents who are either suffering themselves from weakened bones or who have a loved one who is at risk for a hip fracture attended.
Dr. Weisz discussed the mechanics of the hip, the bone weakening process, avoiding falls and speak on recent warnings regarding the use of Fosamax.
"As an orthopedic surgeon who has performed hundreds of hip fracture surgeries, I feel it is important to educate patients on the dangers of hip fractures and how best to avoid them" stated Dr. Weisz. "It is also important to provide them the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about treatment options for weakened bones. I am very excited to discuss this with the local community in an effort to spare even one person the ordeal of suffering a hip fracture."
Dr. Russell D. Weisz is a board-certified Orthopaedic surgeon. He attended medical school at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and was a member of the national honor society AOA. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the New York University-Hospital for Joint Diseases, publishing papers and giving national presentations on fracture treatment and joint replacement surgery. From there, he completed a one year Fellowship in orthopaedic traumatology. During this year, he received specialized training in the treatment of complex fractures, infections involving bone, foot and ankle trauma, and non-healed fractures.
For a consultation with Dr. Weisz call South Palm Orthopedics at (561) 496-6622 or visit the website at www.SouthPalmorthopedics.com.
Delray Beach, FL – February 17, 2011