Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic surgery spans a wide range of procedures that correct problems that affect the musculoskeletal system. Aches, stiffness, and discomfort are common afflictions, but the more severe cases might have a surgical solutioin. Muscles, tendons, joints, and bones can all be worked on to erase the effects of traumatic injury, disease, aging, or a combination of the three.

Orthopedic Surgery Subguides

Top Procedures

Knee Replacement

Knee replacement is a procedure in which the surgeon removes damaged or diseased parts of the patient's knee joint and replaces them with new artificial parts. The operation itself is called knee arthroplasty. Arthroplasty comes from two Greek words, arthros or joint and plassein, "to form or shape." The artificial joint itself is called a prosthesis. Most knee prostheses have four components or parts, and are made of a combination of metal and plastic, or metal and ceramic in some newer models.

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Hip Replacement

Hip replacement is a procedure in which the surgeon removes damaged or diseased parts of the patient's hip joint and replaces them with new artificial parts. The operation itself is called hip arthroplasty. Arthroplasty comes from two Greek words, arthros or joint and plassein, "to form or shape." It is a type of surgery done to replace or reconstruct a joint. The artificial joint itself is called a prosthesis. Hip prostheses may be made of metal, ceramic, plastic, or various combinations of these materials.

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Amputation

Amputation is the surgical removal of a limb or body part. It is performed to remove diseased tissue or relieve pain.

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Arthroplasty

Arthroplasty is surgery performed to relieve pain and restore range of motion by realigning or reconstructing a dysfunctional joint.

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Articles

Finding a Surgeon
Finding a surgeon refers to the process of choosing a doctor with specialized training in one or more branches of surgery to perform a specific procedure. It is almost always done in the context......
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Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic (sometimes spelled orthopedic) surgery is an operation performed by a medical specialist such as an orthopedist or orthopedic surgeon, who is trained to assess and treat problems that......
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Choosing a Surgeon
While you will probably not be golfing with him or her anytime soon (nor would you likely want to!), you should learn a few things about the person that is about to perform surgery on you. When choosing......
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class="quote">New procedures like minimally invasive procedures are often subject to scrutiny, but I think that one of the biggest problems facing these innovative procedures is for people to understand exactly what we do.


-Dr. Michael Perry, Laser Spine institute

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