Michael McKee, MD, chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix and physician executive at Banner – University Medicine Orthopedic and Spine Institute, spoke with Orthopedics Today about the use of orthobiologics in healing nonunion fractures.
“We do not use (orthobiologics) routinely initially, but perhaps in selected cases their expense is warranted,” Dr. McKee said. “In delayed or nonunion cases, where we know that for whatever reason this is a fracture that has identified itself as one that will not heal or is going to take forever to heal, … we are on more solid ground justifying the use of an orthobiologic.”
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