Broken bones, or fractures, can result from a simple trip and fall, a weekend sporting event, or a high energy trauma (car accident, motorcycle accident, or fall from significant height). These injuries are painful and can result in long-term impairment.

Fortunately, UAB has fellowship-trained orthopaedic trauma surgeons who are available when that unexpected event results in a broken bone. Our team is trained in the latest techniques of minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis, intramedullary nailing, or external fixation (Ilizarov/Taylor Spatial Frame). We specialize in treating complex and simple fractures of the shoulder, elbow, hip (fragility fractures), acetabulum, pelvis, knee, ankle and foot.

In addition, our specialized training enables us to tackle problems such as fractures that haven't healed (non-unions), and fractures that have healed in a poor position (mal-union). Working with an inter-disciplinary team, we have the capacity to treat complex wounds and when necessary grow new bone.

Commonly Used Techniques

Minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis
Intramedullary fixation (nailing)
External fixation (Ilizarov/Taylor Spatial Frame)
Masquellet technique
Bone transport
Limb lengthening


Commonly Treated Fractures

Clavicle (collar bone)
Femur (thigh)
Scapula (shoulder blade)
Knee (femoral condyle, tibia plateau)
Humerus (shoulder/arm)
Tibia (Shin)
Ankle (pilon)
Heel (calcaneus)
Foot (lis franc)
Nonunions (unhealed bones)
Hip (fragility/geriatric fractures)
Malunions (crooked bones)