What is a Orthopedic Surgeon?
Orthopedic surgery is the branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system surgeons. This is both surgical and nonsurgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, spine diseases, sports injuries, degenerative disease, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders.
Why do I see a Orthopedic Surgeon?
I have been seeing an orthopedic surgeon now for 8 years my spine. I have degenerative disc disease and have suffered from it for awhile. I have one of the most laid back, intelligent, humorous, and warm hearted surgeons out there. I was very lucky finding him. He has helped me get through one of the hardest parts in my life. He started to see me after I had a bad surgery and needed a surgeon to go in and fix me. Not only did he do that, he called me his “super women” because I have handled so much in such a short period of time.
What surgeries do Orthopedic surgeons perform?
A typical schedule for a practicing orthopedic surgeon involves 50–55 hours of work per week divided among clinic, surgery, various administrative duties and possibly teaching and/or research if in an academic setting.
Here is a short list of surgeries that one can find an Orthopedic Surgeon doing any day. Number 19 is what my Orthopedic specializes in. Spinal fusion, also called spondylodesis or spondylosyndesis, is a neurosurgical or orthopedic surgical technique that joins two or more vertebrae together. I have had two of these surgeries done. And looking for my 3rd to come soon.
- Knee arthroscopy and meniscectomy
- Shoulder arthroscopy and decompression
- Carpal tunnel release
- Knee arthroscopy and chondroplasty
- Removal of support implant
- Knee arthroscopy and anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
- Knee replacement
- Repair of femoral neck fracture
- Repair of trochanteric fracture
- Debridement of skin/muscle/bone/fracture
- Knee arthroscopy repair of both menisci
- Hip replacement
- Shoulder arthroscopy/distal clavicle excision
- Repair of rotator cuff tendon
- Repair fracture of radius (bone)/ulna
- Repair of ankle fracture (bimalleolar type)
- Shoulder arthroscopy and debridement
- Lumbar spinal fusion
- Repair fracture of the distal part of radius
- Low back intervertebral disc surgery
- Incise finger tendon sheath
- Repair of ankle fracture (fibula)
- Repair of femoral shaft fracture
- Repair of trochanteric fracture
What conditions do Orthopedic Surgeons treat?
Orthopedic surgeons treat a number of conditions that affect the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. These conditions include the following:
- Bone tumors
- Cerebral palsy
- Club foot, knock knees, bow legs, bunions, hammertoes
- Fractures, sprains, and strains
- Muscle, ligament, and tendon damage
- Spine disorders (e.g., sciatica, scoliosis, ruptured disc)
What areas does Orthopedic Surgeons work?
Physicians entering the field of orthopedic surgery may choose to practice general orthopedic surgery, or can specialize in one of the following areas:
- Foot and Ankle
- Joint Replacement
- Musculoskeletal Oncology
- Reconstructive Surgery
- Shoulder and Elbows
- Sports Medicine
- Trauma and Fracture
Not everyone needs to see an Orthopedic Surgeon because this is more of an overall practice of treating the body. I choose Orthopedic because my first doctor was a Neurosurgeon. He did the failed surgery that needed to have a new fusion done to correct the disc replacement. Not every disc replacement is a complete fail, but at the time my spine was in no condition to have the disc replacement done, hence it failing. Do your research into what is being said that you are told should happen. If it is surgery, again, do your research. And no matter if it is a Orthopedic Surgeon or a Neurosurgeon, just be comfortable and confident in them.