Fractures of the Acetabulum
The acetabulum is often referred to as the socket part of the hip joint. It is the cup part of the pelvis that wraps around the ball or head portion of the femur to create the hip joint. Fractures of the acetabulum are very complex and severe injuries that occur after high energy trauma such as fall from a height or a motor vehicle crash. These injuries have significant relevance both initially and long term. Many patients with a fracture of the acetabulum also have other major trauma including injuries to the head, chest and abdomen. The orthopaedic trauma surgeon plays a critical role in the initial management of these injuries and the initial stabilization of the patient. The doctors at Sonoran Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons have extensive experience with critically injured patients.