Geriatric orthopaedics: a new paradigm for management of older patients uri icon

abstract

  • Purpose of Review: Fragility fractures have become a worldwide epidemic that has necessitated a paradigm shift in how we approach the care for elderly orthopaedic patients. There is a great need for subspecialty trained orthopaedic surgeons to help bridge the gap and help with transition of care in geriatric orthopaedic patients. Recent Findings: Not only are the surgical needs of elderly patients different than younger patients but often the complexity of co-morbidities and bio-psychosocial needs are important considerations for patient care and outcomes. Summary: Geriatric orthopaedic fellowship training is a crucial paradigm shift to provide the most efficient, safe, supportive, and cost-effective musculoskeletal healthcare for elderly patients.

publication date

  • 2017