Whether you fractured your hip or are having major knee problems, consulting an orthopedic surgeon is your best decision. Orthopedics is a broad medical field concerned with the musculoskeletal system, which is made up of bones, ligaments, muscles, the spine, the major joints, and more. Within orthopedics there are many specialties and roles, one of which is the orthopedic surgeon. Their area of expertise is in diagnosing and treating the worst orthopedic injuries, such as ACL tears, broken bones, or broken hips. Many orthopedic surgeons subspecialize in certain fields, such as sports injuries or those pertaining to certain body parts or joints. For example, here at Duval Clinic we focus on hip and knee injuries in order to provide specialized care so that our patients feel whole again.
The Orthopedic Surgeon
In general, orthopedic surgeons are able to diagnose problems, prescribe medication and/or physical therapy, aid in rehabilitation, reset bones, rebuild muscular tissue, and much more. More specifically, orthopedic surgeons specialize in performing several types of operations on patients with severe injuries.
While patient care is a team effort and is primarily performed by nurses and administrators, surgeons are involved with the process from start to finish. From consultations to documenting procedures and following post-op progress, the gravity of a surgeons’ job requires that they be intimately involved with each case and treat each patient individually.
As is the case with all medical professions, the schooling required to become an orthopedic surgeon is extensive. In addition to a Bachelor’s degree and the completion of medical school, candidates must also complete a residency program and often an additional year of specialized training. Altogether this educational training takes about 14 years.
To maintain their expertise, the majority of doctors and orthopedic surgeons engage in continuing education and research in order to keep abreast of changes and developments in the field, and to contribute to that same cause.
Choosing a surgeon who is right for you is a lengthy process and should be done meticulously. Our suggestion is that you come in for a consultation and meet the surgeon you are considering working with. They will be able to diagnose you and offer a best course of action. Best of luck!