Split-Second Slip Results in traumatic Pelvic injury

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Things were about to go very wrong for Aholelei Toki.

In January, he slipped off a pallet jack while working at Smithfield Foods in Orange City, Iowa.

“I tried to catch myself,” Toki said. “The machine kept coming and it pushed my femoral bone through my pelvis.”

He was stabilized at a local hospital before being transferred to CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center - Bergan Mercy, one of just four hospitals in the U.S. that’s certified for Orthopedic Trauma Disease Specific Care.

“Aholelei had an acetabulum fracture with a dislocated femoral head fracture,” said CHI Health Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon Karl Bergmann, MD.

“Acetabulum fractures need to be reduced as soon as possible to help restore blood supply to the femoral head.”

Initial treatment for Toki was hip reduction and placement of traction.

“Once a CT scan of the hip was obtained, we were able to perform an open reduction internal fixation of the femoral head and to repair the posterior wall of the acetabulum,” Dr. Bergmann said. “The procedure included a surgical hip dislocation with a trochanteric flip.”

Toki is now walking and moving well.

“Most importantly, the femoral head is healed,” Dr. Bergmann said. “I think he had a great outcome.”

The Best in Orthopedic Trauma- Again!

Just four hospitals in the U.S. are certified for Orthopedic Trauma Disease Specific Care, and CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center - Bergan Mercy (CUMC) is one.

CUMC was the second hospital in the country to be recognized by the Joint Commission.

The certification shows the commitment to provide top level care to orthopedic trauma patients and the dedication to continued growth and improvement.