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Dr. Benjamin Taylor

Orthopedic Surgery
Columbus, OH
17 years experience male

Locations

Office

Columbus, OH

Address

285 East State Street, Suite 500, Columbus, OH
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About

Bio

Dr. Taylor is a fellowship-trained orthopedic trauma surgeon. He specializes in simple and complex trauma patients, including fractures, bone loss, amputations, and more. He is heavily involved in medical education, and has over 30 peer-reviewed scientific research publications as of early 2013.

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Orthopedic Surgery

Doctor Q&A

97 Answers
54 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Depends: It all depends on their practice or subspecialty. A foot and ankle surgeon may work from 7am - 3pm and be done for the day, while a trauma orthopod m... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Xray: A simple x-ray will detect 90% or more of these injuries. If hip pain is there and x-ray is negative, the next step is ct scan or mri.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Depends: Can be as simple as antibiotics to as radical as surgery, and in some instances, even amputation. Really depends on how bad the infection is, where i... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Maybe: Can be if it's muscular, as this pain can last awhile and be associated with ups and downs. You might want to see your doctor though, since it might h... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
See a doctor: Really an x-ray or ct scan are the best for this. Both can hurt for months really.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Depends: If you have only one or two fractured ribs, there isnt too much to do, and time is your best ally. Breathing exercises and pain medication really is ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Not many : Usually the most common is a pneumothorax, or dropped lung. After that, injuries are less common. A pleural effusion and death have been reported in o... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Yes: Actually it's encouraged. It will be painful, but it can help keep the lungs expanded and increases blood flow to the area, which speeds up healing.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Agree on most: Id agree with the previous comment, especially with trying long term conservative treatment before any surgery. However don't assume that you need a... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Depends: For my patients, I use low profile plate and screw systems to realign the rib fractures. I have developed a muscle sparing technique and this allows i... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Yes: If you are talking about domestic abuse, definitely yes.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
No. : The common term for a fracture of the end of the fibula and sometimes the medial end of the tibia is a broken ankle. A talus fracture is not referred ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Depends: It depends on if the broken rib needs surgery or not. Certain rib fracture patterns (multiple consecutive rib fractures/etc) really benefit from surg... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Not emergent: If you think it's just a bruise, you will probably be ok, but if you think it might be more, you should get it looked at.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Xray or ct: An xray is a good screening test but a ct scan is better and finding rib fractures.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
You can walk: With one rib fracture, you should be able to get up and walk. It can be painful, and you might need pain medications, but mobilization is recommended.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Surgery : Flail chest is usually best treated by surgery. I have a video online of this surgery - look on youtube for flail chest and drbentaylor.
A 23-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Depends: First - fracture and break are synonyms for the same thing. How long has the pain been there? Pain from a sprain can last for months, especially if ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Trauma: Flail chest is caused by trauma. Overwhelmingly the vast majority of these patients have some sort of car accident or motorcycle accident. My hospita... Read More
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Long road: If you dislocated your kneecap, you may have residual instability. Have you done any therapy? You may need reconstruction of a ligament in your knee... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Yes you can.: Broken ribs are most commonly the result of blunt trauma. A simple fall can result in a broken rib or two. Most heal on their own without surgery,... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Many: Shortness of breath, pain, labored breathing, cardiac abnormalities, and sometimes it can even lead to death.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Depends: For some of these surgeries, we have to rebreak the bones to line them up where they need to be. If the fractures haven't healed, we can line them up... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Yes. : If she broke a rib, you'd likely have a good amount of pain and feel shot of breath.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
How long: How long has it been? Rib fracture pain can be seen for months after injury. I tell my patients that with or without rib surgery, they can expect pa... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Radiologist talk: This means th radiologist didn't see any fractures or dislocations in the chest x-ray or ct scan.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Depends: Could be a few things really. Might be from a rib injury or even a muscle injury. Other things to consider would be gall bladder issues or even lung i... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Good question: Really the evidence isn't there on this yet, but it appears that the nicotine is really what slows bone healing.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Surgery: Surgery can be used to remove a kneecap, but it's rarely used as the knee strength and function worsen quite a bit.
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Training: An orthopaedic surgeon with a foot and ankle fellowship has undergone many more years of training than a podiatrist. In addition, a podiatrist is gen... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Adding mass: You generally will want to take in more calories as well as the protein after working out. Max absorption and use seems to happen if used within the ... Read More
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
How long: How long has it been? Rib fracture pain can be seen for months after injury. I tell my patients that with or without rib surgery, they can expect pa... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Training: An orthopaedic surgeon with a foot and ankle fellowship has undergone many more years of training than a podiatrist. Most podiatrists have little... Read More
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Depends: It may be as short as 1 week, but usually lasts several weeks, and up to 6 weeks, depending on the type and severity of break.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Not likely: The broken ribs usually dont cause arthritis. They only have articulations, or joints, where they meet your spine and sternum. It is extremely rare,... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Depends: Typically, if the break is displaced, you would benefit from surgery. Many of the fractures are amenable to minimally invasive means, so id get it ev... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Likely a hematoma: From what you describe, it sounds like a hematoma, or blood collection. It also may be other things. Seeing a doctor in person would be the way to go,... Read More
A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Lots of causes: Elevated CPK indicates muscle damage and can be resolving or ongoing. There are many causes of this, but the main issue is that it can lead to kidney... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
How long: How long has it been? Rib fracture pain can be seen for months after injury. I tell my patients that with or without rib surgery, they can expect pa... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Definitely: If a fracture doesn't heal, it is called a nonunion. For this injury, i typically obtain a plain xray first to evaluate, but more than likely, a ct ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Unlikely: There aren't any reports of kidney injuries after rib fractures. That being said you should still be evaluated by a doctor in order to figure why you ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Give it time: You should be able to walk soon. Give it time. If the surgeon said you can walk it mean you are safe too but you will likely take awhile to get your b... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Flail chest : Flail chest is defined as three or more consecutive rib fractures with 2 or more fractures in each rib. It leads to impaired breathing.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Depends: If its just one rib, you will likely not spend any time in the hospital. You would need hospitalization if there is any associated findings (collapse... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Yes: It all depends on what is hit. There will usually be a pneumothorax or collapsed lung, but if you can get to a hospital, and there isnt much bleeding,... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Simple dressing: We use a simple dry dressing. 4x4's or an abd dressing both work well.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Yes : Still should be safe if only one but you should get it checked out to be sure. I'd avoid any contact sports.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Might be: You should probably see a doctor. It might be. Rib fractures can be serious.
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Elevation: Gravity takes the bruising downhill, so to speak, so elevation of the hand can help.
A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Benjamin Taylor
Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
Probably too many: 18 steroid shots for one area, especially in a limited time frame, is likely too much. The steroid can help, but can also lead to soft tissue damage.... Read More

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Taylor is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Taylor is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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This made me feel good. Thanks! Thanks, Doc. I got my flail chest from coughing (end-stage COPD). How rare is that? Long-term oral cortico-steroid use likely co-conspirator...
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This was very helpful. Thanks! I am having my 2 sets of 3 fractured, completely dislocated ribs reduced this coming Friday. Wish me luck, Doc...
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I made an appt. I could not get in before next Tuesday. What should I consider an emergency with this. Right now still no real pain.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

The Ohio State University College of Medicine, OH
Graduated 2005MD

Awards

HealthTap Founding Doctor

Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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