What Is Orthopedic Surgery?

What Is Orthopedic Surgery Reno NVTo understand what orthopedic surgery is, it helps to know a little bit about what the general practice of orthopedics involves. Orthopedics (sometimes spelled “orthopaedics”) centers on the musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and nerves. Orthopedists handle both acute conditions (like fractures, dislocations, sprains, and strains) and chronic conditions (like arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and ongoing neck or back pain).

Types of Orthopedic Surgery

In many cases, orthopedists will recommend that patients attempt to resolve their symptoms using conservative treatment methods, without the need for surgery. Sometimes, however, surgery is needed to help patients achieve relief. Some of the most common types of orthopedic surgery include:

  • Joint replacement — If a joint is irreparably damaged or extremely arthritic, an orthopedic surgeon can remove it and replace it with a prosthesis.
  • Spinal fusion — An orthopedic surgeon can insert implants into a patient’s spine to stabilize damaged areas. If a disc has deteriorated beyond repair, for instance, a surgeon can remove the disc and insert implants in its place.
  • Carpal tunnel release — Carpal tunnel syndrome stems from the median nerve being compressed, so an orthopedic surgeon can create a release to relieve pressure on the nerve.

In some cases, orthopedic surgery can be performed arthroscopically, meaning that it will be completed using a small camera and miniature surgical instruments. When available, arthroscopic surgery offers a number of benefits over traditional open surgery, including a shorter recovery time, a reduced risk of complications, and less resulting pain and stiffness.

Orthopedic Surgery in Reno

If you’re considering having orthopedic surgery in the Reno, Nevada, area, call Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic today to make an appointment with one of our specialists. Our team includes surgeons, physicians, physical and occupational therapists, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, all of whom work together to provide you with the best possible care.

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Reno, NV 89521

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Carson City, NV 89705

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Carson City, NV 89703

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Carson City, NV 89703

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Gardnerville, NV 89410

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Hawthorne, NV 89415

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Yerington, NV 89447

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South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

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