The Long Game: Advanced Fracture Care Gets Peabody Man Back On Course

The last thing anyone on vacation wants is to get sick or hurt away from home. But on a trip to Bermuda last July, Steve Caruso, 27, of Peabody lost control of the moped he was driving while trying to avoid an oncoming car. When he crashed to the ground, the full weight of the moped landed on his left arm and snapped his humerus just above the elbow. Determined to enjoy the rest of his trip, Caruso opted for a plaster cast at the local hospital until he could return home for more advanced care. Once home, he saw NSMC orthopedic surgeon Todd O’Brien, M.D., who explained that Caruso’s bone was badly broken and recommended surgery to implant a thin metal plate with screws to stabilize the break and knit the bone back together.

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