Dr. Med Karponis Athanasios
Orthopaedic Surgeon, PhD
Modern treatment of fractures requires immediate surgical intervention in most cases, as a conservative approach is become less common, due to the improvement of both surgical operations and the design of the materials used. Regarding fractures in long bones, the immense progress offering extensive knowledge in the fields of autonomy, blood supply and fracture union has imposed the use of new materials, plates and screws (DCP, LCP, locking plates) new frames of external fixation and intramedullary nails, that result in a reduction of the time interval from surgery to movement, and allow for accelerated loads and recovery, given the involvement of specialized physiotherapists.
Minimally invasive is the treatment of fractures of the vertebral column with the use of kyphoplasty, which is a bloodless method, only requiring the patient to stay in hospital for a day. This method alleviates the fracture pain and simultaneously restores the original height of the vertebra, improving the angle of kyphosis, preventing future predicament, while it does not require the use of braces or bed resting. In more severe fractures of the vertebral column (unstable, comminuted and fractures with neurological symptoms), spinal fusion is required, to stabilize the vertebral column.
Finally, the treatment of gracture nonunions is done using autologous stem cells, growth factors and morphogenetic proteins (BMPS), that accelerate and achieve union.
The surgeon is a member of EEXOT (Hellenic Assossiation for Orthopaedic Surgery and Trauma), the Orthopaedic Assossiation of Macedonia – Thrace, and and affiliated member of AAOS (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons).