In the realm of orthopaedic medicine, ageing patients often present unique challenges when it comes to fracture treatment. The natural physiological changes that occur with age, such as decreased bone density and impaired healing capacity, can significantly impact the outcomes of these interventions.

The most common complications associated with fracture treatment in ageing populations are related to the healing process. When bones take longer to heal or don’t heal properly, it can lead to a number of complications, including:

Infection: If the bone doesn’t heal properly, there is an increased risk of infection. This is a serious complication that can delay healing and lead to other problems.

Nonunion: This is when the bone doesn’t heal correctly and remains in two pieces. This can cause pain, deformity, and loss of function.

Malunion: This is when the bone heals but in an abnormal position. This can also cause pain, deformity, and loss of function.

There are other complications that can occur as well, such as blood clots, nerve damage, and joint stiffness. It’s important to talk to your doctor about all the potential complications before starting treatment so you can be prepared for what to expect.

Successfully navigating through these complexities requires a comprehensive understanding of geriatric care principles coupled with expertise in fracture management techniques tailored specifically for ageing patients.

Allow me to help you through this process. Your well-being is paramount. It is essential to receive medical assistance immediately if either you or someone you care about has sustained a fracture. Please contact Dr Olivier’s office situated at Vergelegen Mediclinic Somerset West at 021 850 6398 or to make an appointment.

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