Charles Reinert, M.D., joined the faculty of Orthopaedic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in 1991 – after serving 21 years as a Navy trauma surgeon and commanding officer at the Naval Medical Center in Portsmouth, Va. Whether he’s caring for injured servicemen and women or for civilians who have been injured in accidents, Dr. Reinert has always found trauma interesting: “You never see the same thing twice.” Better yet, he adds, “Most of our patients get well within a few months.”
I know how to fix the hardest fractures. I’m often the go-to guy when people don’t know how to do something – they come and ask me.”
Dr. Reinert is well-known in the global orthopaedic community for his pioneering surgical repair methods. He has focused on new ways to treat fractures of the acetabulum (the bowl-shaped spot on each side of the pelvis where the leg bone fits) and of the femoral condyles (an area of the knee). Some of those fractures can be risky and difficult to fix with older “open” operations. But Dr. Reinert’s minimally invasive techniques, which he developed with his fellow UTSW surgeon Adam Starr, M.D., allow surgeons to align the bone fragments much more easily.
For some of these procedures, Dr. Reinert uses an instrument he and Dr. Starr invented called the Starr Frame. The frame allows surgeons to do their work through tiny stab-wound incisions rather than large cuts, a technique called percutaneous (through the skin) repair.
“If it’s a simple fracture, the surgery’s quick,” Dr. Reinert says. “If it’s a complex fracture, it’s not very long [either].”
Compared to open techniques, operations using the Starr Frame are safer, and patients recover more quickly and with fewer complications.
Using his welding skills, Dr. Reinert also invented many surgical tools in the machine shop on his ranch. His prototypes are used by global device-manufacturing companies, like Smith & Nephew.
As Director of UTSW’s orthopaedic trauma fellowship and with a textbook and many papers and presentations to his name, Dr. Reinert has helped trauma surgeons around the world master the new methods he helped develop – and he remains on call for injured patients in the Dallas metroplex. His successful innovations on behalf of patients with severe pelvic and acetabular fractures have made UTSW a world-renowned center for this surgery.
- Orthopaedic trauma
- Acetabula fracture
- Distal femur fracture
- Femur fracture
- High-energy trauma
- Iliac wing fracture
- Intracondylar femur fracture
- Knee fracture
- Knee injury
- Minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery
- Motor vehicle collision
- Orthopaedic trauma surgery
- Pelvic fracture
- Pelvic ring fracture
- Percutaneous repair of pelvic fracture
- Periarticular fracture
- Supracondylar femur fracture
- Swashbuckler approach
- Tibial fracture
- Tibial plateau fracture