Explore the Orthopaedic Trauma Center

COVID-19 UPDATE

To comply with current federal and state regulations regarding COVID-19, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has canceled all clinics and canceled all surgeries except those deemed urgent.

The Trauma Service remains open for urgent/emergent visits and surgeries. All patients will be screened on the phone and upon entering clinics for cough, shortness of breath, fever, and nausea/vomiting/diarrhea. Providers will then determine the best course of action for patients who present with COVID-19 symptoms.

All patients (new or established) can make a virtual visit appointment or phone call with our providers or be seen in person, if needed. Call 617-726-9111 to schedule an appointment.

New patients must register (1-866-211-6588) before an any appointment can be made. And you must enroll in Patient Gateway in order to have a virtual visit.

We want you to know that your Trauma surgeons and their staff remain with you and your family during this COVID-19 emergency. We are all available to answer/address any concerns you may have.

Unfortunately, we do not know when hospital operations will return to normal to reschedule postponed surgeries and clinic visits. We will notify you as soon as possible. Until then follow federal, state and CDC guidelines. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all proceed together through this COVID-19 situation.


What to Expect

Patient care often begins in Mass General's Emergency Room. Here our staff works with a team of nurses, trauma coordinators and other specialists to direct the care of each patient.

After the trauma team has diagnosed and stabilized a patient's injuries, the patient may be admitted to the hospital. If orthopaedic surgery is required, one our our attending physicians will serve as the patient's surgeon. When this happens, the patient is brought to an operating room for repair of his or her injuries. Our attending physician and trauma nurses keep the patient's family regularly informed and involved in decision-making throughout the patient's stay. Patients who are seen, treated and released from our Emergency Department are encouraged to follow up with us in our Outpatient Trauma Clinic.

In our Outpatient Trauma Clinic, we also see patients with older injuries referred to us for treamtent and possible reconstructivon. We evaluate each patient, run any necessary tests and develop a personalized treatment plan for each patient. If surgery is required, the patient’s procedure is scheduled as soon as possible, based on the severity of his or her symptoms. Scheduling appointments for emergency and post-traumatic consultations at our outpatient clinic is easy.

Individualized, Comprehensive Care

In addition to our orthopaedic trauma professionals, our team collaborates with specialists from other clinical departments at Mass General, such as the Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. Our multidisciplinary approach ensures patients receive outstanding treatment for all their conditions. We provide compassionate care for the entire person — not just his or her injuries.

A registered nurse also helps patients and their families manage the next steps in their treatment, whether recovery takes place in the home or at a facility such as Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

To assist patients and their families, we offer a complete range of resources at Mass General for long-term care, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Social services
  • Follow-up appointments
  • Psychiatric services
  • Nutritional counseling


Patient Resources

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Geriatric Fracture Guide

Geriatric Fracture Guide

A guide to help you understand geriatric bone fracture repair at Mass General.

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Trauma Patient Guide

Trauma Patient Guide

A patient guide describing orthopaedic injuries, treatments and the care you will receive.

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ICAN: Amputee Network

ICAN: Amputee Network

A new collaboration with orthopaedic surgeons, plastic surgeons and rehab specialists.