Orthopedic surgery — an overview

Orthopedic surgery is surgery designed to reconstruct, repair or stabilize the physical integrity and function of the musculoskeletal system, including bones, joints and ligaments. Specific procedures will involve reconstructing damaged joints, resetting fractured bones or reattaching torn ligaments.

For many orthopedic issues, including the spine, physicians will first recommend a course of conservative treatment options such as rest, hot and cold compression and pain medication to see if surgery can possibly be avoided. However, if you are considering orthopedic surgery because conservative treatment has been exhausted, it can be helpful to learn about this field. This knowledge can help you make a more informed decision with the best chance of returning you to a healthy, active life.

Orthopedic specialties

There is a wide range of specialties in orthopedic surgery that a surgeon can practice in. Some orthopedic surgeons focus on the joints while some specialize in feet and ankles. Other orthopedic surgeons are experts in sports-related injuries that encompass the whole body.

Other musculoskeletal systems that orthopedic surgeons may specialize in include:

  • Pediatric orthopedics
  • Hands
  • Elbows
  • Shoulders
  • Joint reconstruction
  • Back and neck
  • Musculoskeletal oncology

Spine specialists for orthopedic surgery

The spine is a region that highly vulnerable to age-related deterioration as well as damage due to injury. This is because the spine must be strong enough to support the weight of the entire upper body while still being flexible enough to allow for basic movement. That means the spine is made of many interconnected parts including the vertebrae, discs and joints which are prone to issues including arthritis and degenerative disc disease.

At Laser Spine Institute, our highly skilled team of spine surgeons includes orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons. As experts in the field of minimally invasive spine surgery, we have the experience, knowledge and skill needed to treat a wide range of spinal conditions that lead to neck and back pain. These state-of-the-art outpatient procedures are an alternative to traditional open spine surgery, offering our patients a shorter recovery time^ and less surgical scarring.

If you are considering back surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute to receive a no-cost review of your most recent MRI or CT scan to see if you may be a candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery.*