Current Geriatrics Reports

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 15–19 | Cite as

Geriatric Orthopaedics: a New Paradigm for Management of Older Patients

Geriatric Orthopedics (E Meinberg, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Geriatric Orthopedics


Purpose of Review

Fragility fractures have become a worldwide epidemic that has necessitated a paradigm shift in how we approach the care for elderly orthopaedic patients. There is a great need for subspecialty trained orthopaedic surgeons to help bridge the gap and help with transition of care in geriatric orthopaedic patients.

Recent Findings

Not only are the surgical needs of elderly patients different than younger patients but often the complexity of co-morbidities and bio-psychosocial needs are important considerations for patient care and outcomes.


Geriatric orthopaedic fellowship training is a crucial paradigm shift to provide the most efficient, safe, supportive, and cost-effective musculoskeletal healthcare for elderly patients.


Geriatric orthopaedics Fragility fracture Orthopaedic fellowship training Bone health Osteoporosis 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Julie Switzer reports grants from Stryker, outside the submitted work. Carmen Quatman declares no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryRegions HospitalSt. PaulUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of MinnesotaMinneapolisUSA

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