Orthopedic surgery, commonly referred to as orthopedics, is a branch of surgery that treats disorders with the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, and tendons. Most commonly, an orthopedist surgically corrects problems that have arisen as a result of injury, disease, or aging. Some orthopedic surgeons also specialize in one particular branch of the musculoskeletal system, which makes choosing the correct surgeon particularly important.
Orthopedic surgery can be performed either at a hospital, medical center, or outpatient clinic, depending on the particular surgery. The important factor to remember here is that orthopedic surgery requires a full medical staff, including the surgeons, anesthesiologists, physicians, and nurses, as well as an equipped medical facility.
The field of orthopedics has grown to be extremely popular and its services are in higher demand than ever before. This is because orthopedic surgery can:
- Replace or repair joints
- Correct sports injuries
- Treat back and neck pain
- Repair damaged nerves
- Set fractures
The wide field of orthopedic surgery is highly technical and extremely competitive. Orthopedic surgeons are some of the best in the business and have to be equally adept at surgically removing (bone, tissue, and tumors) and adding (bone grafts, fusions, rods, and screws) physiological components. Recovery from orthopedic surgery depends largely on the specific procedure, but many orthopedic surgeries have extremely high success rates and have been nearly perfected.
The field of orthopedics also includes spinal surgeons. At Laser Spine Institute (LSI), our award-winning staff of orthopedic surgeons is at the forefront of the growing field of endoscopic spine surgery. Our gentle, outpatient procedures are laser-guided and are becoming an extremely popular alternative to traditional open-back surgery. To learn more about orthopedic surgery, or for a free review of your MRI or CT scan, contact LSI today.