Orthopedic surgery is the branch of medicine concerned with the wellness and repair of the musculoskeletal system. If you have any kind of joint injury or degenerative disorder, you’ll most likely eventually find yourself sitting down with an orthopedic surgeon to discuss your options. These surgeons deal with a range of injuries and ailments, including, but not limited to, sports and athletic injuries, tumors, infections, degenerative diseases, musculoskeletal trauma, and congenital disorders.
While you may not suffer from any congenital or degenerative diseases or disorders, most people, at one time in their life or another, will have a traumatic injury that requires the attention of an orthopedic surgeon, even if it’s years later, after the injury has supposedly healed. The orthopedic surgeons we work with offer such services as joint replacement, knee replacement, shoulder replacement, hip replacement, spinal fusion and much more.
Joint replacement surgery does not always require the replacement of the entire joint. In some cases, only the damaged bones and/or ligaments will need to be removed and replaced. Joint replacement can mean the difference between being bound to a wheelchair for the rest of your life or running a 5K race next year.
As you age, the ligaments and musculature around your knees can wear down to the point that the weight-bearing surfaces of your knee grind together. This causes severe pain and can result in serious injury and/or immobility. Knee replacement surgery is the procedure to replace those weight-bearing surfaces to give you the ability to walk and run without pain.
Though it’s less common than knee or hip replacement, shoulder replacement surgery has been relieving severe joint pain in patients since the 1950s. When nonsurgical prescriptions, like changes in activity and posture or medications, don’t work to relieve pain in the shoulder, an orthopedic surgeon may recommend a shoulder replacement.
Also called arthroplasty, a hip replacement procedure removes a diseased, degenerating, or damaged part of the hipbone and replaces it with an artificial one. The goal of this kind of procedure is to decrease or eliminate pain when walking or moving around, and to increase range of motion and ease of mobility.
Spinal fusion is a surgical procedure used to correct problems with the small bones of the spine (vertebrae). The objective is to eliminate motion by fusing together the painful vertebrae so that they heal into a single, solid bone. During this procedure, your surgeon will place bone or a bone-like material within the space between two spinal vertebrae, as well as some metal plates, screws and rods to help the vertebrae to hold together This surgery will relieve symptoms of many back conditions, such as: degenerative disk disease, spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, and scoliosis.