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Orthopedic Trauma and Surgery

On average, 6 million people in the United States break a bone every year. Here in the Gulf South, some of these fractures will benefit from the special expertise of the Ochsner Orthopedic Trauma team. Your journey to healing begins here.

Here to serve you when you need it the most.

The Orthopedic Trauma team at Ochsner provides treatment for patients with severe musculoskeletal injuries, including multiple broken bones, compound fractures, fractures near a joint and fractures of the pelvis.

Ochsner is home to a fellowship-trained Orthopedic trauma surgeon with the experience and precision required to care for even the most complex injuries.  Along with the trauma surgeon, your care team may include a physician's assistant, a nurse, the anesthesia team, a special cast tech and an orthotic fitter who will make sure you get the equipment you need as you heal.


  • Our program is nationally-recognized as High Performing for Knee Replacement and Orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report in 2017-2018.
  • Ochsner received the Healthgrades Orthopedic Surgery Excellence Award™ in 2018. We also were recognized as one of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Joint Replacement™ and received five stars for total knee replacement, total hip replacement and hip fracture treatment in 2018.

Conditions Treated

  • Acute fracture (breaks in a bone that occurs quickly and traumatically)
  • Non-acute fracture (break that occurs over time, due to repeated physical stress)
  • Complex peri-articular fracture (injury located around a joint)
  • Complex intra-articular fracture (injury located within a joint)
  • Facture nonunion (fracture that fails to heal)
  • Facture malunion (fracture that has healed improperly)
  • Bone infection (osteomyelitis)

Fractures of bones in the hand, foot, chest, back, spine, fingers and hands are generally treated by other orthopedic specialists at Ochsner. To find the team you need, call 504-842-3970.

Post-Surgery Support

After your surgery, the Orthopedic Trauma team will be there to give you post-op instructions and answer your questions about wound care and pain reduction. We’ll discuss any restrictions you may have, and give you a timeline for getting back to work or your exercise routine.

Our orthotic fitter will work with your insurance company and Ochsner Home Medical Equipment to make sure you have any equipment you need, such as a wheelchair, walker, sling, braces or crutches. In addition, we’re here to help with FMLA and disability paper work. 


Trauma surgery is performed at Ochsner Medical Center on Jefferson Highway. For your convenience, outpatient physical and occupational therapy is available at Ochsner Therapy and Wellness with multiple locations throughout the region. Homebound patients may receive therapy at home


The Ochsner Orthopedic Trauma team actively participates in clinical trials and research. For innovative, leading-edge care, you can do no better than Ochsner.

Referring Physicians

Patient referrals, transfers and consults are critically important. 

To refer a patient, call 504-842-3970 and fax your patient’s records to 504-842-8462. Your patient should bring any existing x-rays, CT scans or MRI images with them when they come. Same-day appointments are available.