Orthopedic surgery encompasses diagnosis and treatment of issues involving the body’s musculoskeletal system. Serious conditions can warrant the use of conventional surgical techniques. Minor injuries and repairs are often corrected by utilizing the latest in minimally-invasive technology to limit scarring and reduce recovery time. While orthopedic surgeons perform a variety of procedures, these four tend to be the most common.
Joint damage or arthritic conditions can necessitate joint replacement surgery.
During this type of major surgery, part or all of the affected joint—commonly
the knee or hip—is removed and replaced with an artificial joint that operates
just like a normal, healthy one.
For this surgical procedure, an arthroscope is used to diagnose and repair
damage to knee, hip and shoulder joints. The surgeon inserts a tube-like
instrument with a camera through a small incision in the skin and inside the
joint to repair minor damage.
Back pain stems from a variety of spinal conditions including stenosis, nerve
damage and disc degeneration. If conservative treatments such as medication and
physical therapy are ineffective, spinal surgery may be the last resort to
relieve pain and improve function. Common types of spinal surgery include
fusion, diskectomy and spinal decompression.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a major ligament of the knee. If the
knee is twisted the wrong way, this ligament can rupture. During this surgery,
the surgeon removes the torn ligament and replaces it with an autograft from
another tendon or ligament.