In This Video
- Here, Jesse Jupiter, MD, discusses his work in developing new treatment methods for fractures
- Many fractures around the wrist do not require extensive surgery
- Less invasive surgical approaches may give patients more mobility and improved function
Jesse Jupiter, MD, hand and upper extremity orthopedic surgeon, is focused on developing new surgical and treatment approaches for fractures. Many wrist fractures do not require extensive surgery and some of these methods include implants, absorbable materials and even less surgery. He hopes to treat fractures with less invasive surgery in an outpatient setting to increase mobility and improve function.
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My research and activities have been involving the development of new methods of treatment. They include surgical approaches, implants that are able to take care of problems that heretofore were not able to be done, and also clinical outcomes of our work, which I think has been very important in showing long-term results of the surgical treatments. Many fractures around the wrists do not need surgery but rather to have a type of cement put in the fracture site. It can be done through the skin without cutting open the limb and allow patients to have good function, even if they have osteoporosis.
Many patients who have had injuries lose movement and develop loss of motion and functional disability, and this is an area where newer surgical approaches allow things to be done as an outpatient, giving patients more motion and a better overall function. In the near future, we'll be seeing absorbable materials, we'll be seeing ways to treat ligament injuries without extensive surgery. My research in this continues along those lines.
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