4 Questions to Ask Your Orthopedic Surgeon
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What does an orthopedic doctor do?
An orthopedic doctor is focused on the care and treatment of musculoskeletal issues. Orthopedic doctors can diagnose and provide treatment for conditions affecting your musculoskeletal system, as well as preventative measures for preventing injuries and keeping chronic conditions under control. Orthopedic doctors can also help patients with rehabilitation after surgery or injury by helping them to regain range of motion, strength, movement and flexibility in the affected area. Orthopedic doctors may choose to specialize in a specific area of the musculoskeletal system such as foot and ankle, hip, knee, hand, spine, shoulder or elbow. They may also choose to specialize in sports medicine or trauma surgery. Orthopedic doctors are able to diagnose and recommend treatment for a wide variety of musculoskeletal concerns such as fractures, joint pain, arthritis, muscle strains, bone cancer, limb abnormalities, carpal tunnel syndrome and ligament or tendon injuries such as tendonitis, sprains and ACL injuries.
What is considered an orthopedic surgery?
An orthopedic surgery would be any one of a number of surgical procedures used to prevent and treat disorders found in the musculoskeletal system. There are a wide variety of surgeries performed under the umbrella of orthopedic surgery, as it can be a surgery related to the muscles, tendons, joints, bones and ligaments in the body. Orthopedic surgeries can be either preventative or used to treat and repair an injury. Some types of surgeries an orthopedic surgeon can perform are:
- Joint replacement such as a hip or knee replacement to replace a joint that is diseased or damaged.
- Internal fixation through the use of rods, screws, plates or pins on broken bones to hold them in place while they heal.
- Fusion using bone graft material combined with an implement of internal fixation to join two bones together.
- Osteotomy can be used to treat arthritis by cutting and repositioning part of a bone.
- Soft tissue repair is used on tendons, ligaments and muscles that are severely damaged.
- Release surgery is performed on carpal tunnel syndrome patients to relieve symptoms through the reduction of pressure on the median nerve.
What is the most common orthopedic surgery?
Orthopedic surgery procedures will vary by the scope of the practice and the demographics of the area. As orthopedic surgeons are able to treat a wide range of musculoskeletal issues, the most common surgeries performed by an orthopedic surgeon can be vastly different from one city to the next or even within different areas of the city dependent on the patient base of that particular clinic. Some of the commonly known orthopedic surgeries are hip and knee replacements, ACL repairs, soft tissue repairs, spine fusion and bone fracture repairs. With an extensive list of preventative and repair treatment options available, patients should check with the orthopedic surgeon’s office to ensure that the surgeon can treat their individual needs. Patients can also work with their family doctor to determine when they need to see an orthopedic surgeon for more specialized care. A family doctor can provide a recommendation to an orthopedic surgeon who either has a general practice or a specialization, depending on the area of concern for the patient and the extent of treatment required.
When should I see an orthopedic surgeon?
You should seek out the care and treatment of an orthopedic surgeon when you have an injury or chronic condition relating to your joints, bones, muscles, tendons or ligaments. An orthopedic surgeon can help diagnose and address issues such as persistent or recurring swelling or pain in a joint, muscle or bone that isn’t responding to your current care techniques, if you have decreased mobility or range of motion in a primary joint such as the shoulder, knee or elbow, injury to a joint or bone that can’t be treated by your family doctor or persistent tingling or numbness in your legs or arms. If you are unsure if your condition requires the care of an orthopedic surgeon, you can schedule an appointment with your family doctor or visit a walk-in clinic to determine the best route of care given your symptoms. We serve patients from Medina OH, Middleburg Heights OH, Akron OH, Parma OH, and Wellington OH.