Chris - Patient Success Story - Broken Arm


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Because a broken arm shouldn’t cut short a baseball dream.


What started as a simple injury quickly became complicated. Fortunately, University of Minnesota Physicians made a timely save.

 To a 12-year-old, a broken arm is a major life event. It stops everything. For doctors at University of Minnesota Physicians, even the seemingly routine condition receives special attention. In the case of Chris, the still-developing bones in his broken catching arm kept shifting. After two surgeries, they still hadn’t settled correctly. The chances that Chris could continue playing baseball were not looking good.

Thankfully, Chris came to the right place, at the right time. University of Minnesota Physicians had developed technology principles for a specialized fixed-angle surgical plate. The newly available device would provide the stability needed to correctly set the healing bones and ligaments, while allowing bone growth to continue. Most importantly, it would give Chris the full range of motion he needed to continue chasing his baseball dreams.

The circumstances that brought Chris and his parents to University of Minnesota Physicians could hardly be considered lucky. Looking back, through consultations, surgeries, and follow-ups, one thing is now clear. The Kelleys were fortunate to be in such close proximity to the medical research that made the difference for Chris. Today, all Chris needs to think about is getting the next pitch over the plate. We think that’s the best outcome of all.

For over 100 years, physicians at the University of Minnesota have been known for their groundbreaking work in diseases that range from the most common to the most complex.

We invite you to discover how our unwavering commitment to care is reinventing what’s possible in medicine. You can find us at University of Minnesota Medical Center; University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital; and multiple Fairview locations. Also, University of Minnesota Physicians from a variety of specialties can be found at TRIA Orthopaedic Center; Park Nicollet Clinic; Regions Hospital; North Memorial; and many other health systems across the region.

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