Orthopaedic surgery : Specialists

What is orthopaedics?

This is a branch of medicine which deals with disorders of the bones, muscles and joints. This includes arthritis, sports injuries and congenital defects.

What is orthopaedic surgery?

This is a type of surgery that treats problems of the musculoskeletal system (muscles and bones). This includes surgery to reconstruct a shoulder injury, hip replacement and bone cancer.

What is an orthopaedic surgeon?

He or she is a surgeon who is highly skilled at treating injury or disease of the bones, muscles and joints.

What does an orthopaedic surgeon do?

He or she will carry out surgery on a wide range of conditions and here are a few examples of these:

  • Torn cartilage
  • Ruptured anterior cruciate ligament
  • Congenital deformity, e.g. club foot in children
  • Fusion of discs in spinal column
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

There is a vast range of surgical procedures available to treat an orthopaedic disorder and these include:

  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Relieve pressure on the carpal tunnel
  • Hip replacement
  • Correcting abnormal leg development in children (one leg longer than the other)
  • Shoulder reconstruction
  • Repair fractures e.g. ankle, knee, leg etc
  • Spinal fusion (combine vertebrae to ease back pain)
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