Trauma Care

Orthopedic Trauma Care

Comprehensive Care for Traumatic Injuries in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area

Injuries are deemed traumatic when they occur quickly and require immediate medical attention. When traumatic injuries involve broken bones, dislocations, and/or damage to muscles, ligaments, and tendons, an orthopedic trauma surgeon is called in to treat those conditions.

Muir Orthopaedic Specialists’ (MOS) orthopedic trauma surgeons are on call 24 hours a day at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek to offer specialized care in these emergency situations. John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek is a level II trauma center and is designated as the only trauma center for Contra Costa County and portions of Solano County.

The System of Orthopedic Trauma Care

Trauma care facilities are certified as level I, II, III, or IV, with level I being the most comprehensive with the highest volume of trauma care. John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek is one of a few trauma centers verified as level II by the American College of Surgeons, meaning it meets high levels of trauma capability and performance. The hospital has a heliport which allows for rapid transport of trauma patients from anywhere in the Bay Area. Getting a trauma patient to the right care as soon as possible is a major factor in successful treatment, including saving the patient’s life.

Our Orthopedic Trauma Care Providers

Our orthopedic trauma surgeons undergo the same extensive training as all orthopedic surgeons but spend much more time focusing on trauma-related injuries and care. They stay up to date on the latest surgical techniques by attending specialized conferences as well as conduct research to assist in the advancement of orthopedic technology.

Orthopedic trauma training is highly focused on specialty care, including:

  • Performing complex hip and pelvic surgery
  • Surgical trends in fractures and fixation
  • Reconstruction of post traumatic deformities
  • Surgical and nonsurgical treatments for dislocations and fractures

What is a Traumatic Injury?

Falls, motor vehicle crashes, sports injuries, and many other accidents can result in traumatic injuries that may require anywhere from basic to critical care. Sometimes these situations are life or limb threatening and require a team approach. When such incidents involve orthopedic injuries, it calls for a specially trained orthopedic trauma surgeon who can provide surgical and nonsurgical treatment. Not all orthopedic traumas are life threatening but can be life altering with lasting effects if left untreated.

A patient’s care will continue with the MOS trauma surgeon throughout hospitalization, outpatient follow-up, and physical therapy. The surgeon’s goal is to follow the patient through from initial traumatic treatment to full recovery, which may involve additional surgeries or treatments.