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What Types of Surgeries Does an Orthopedic Surgeon Perform?

If you suffer an injury or condition impacting your bones, muscles, joints or tendons, you will most likely need to seek treatment from an orthopedic specialist. Often, these injuries and conditions can be treated conservatively with physical therapy or other minimally invasive procedures. However, there are some instances where surgery may be required to restore a pain free life.

Your musculoskeletal system is vast and as a result, orthopedic surgeons treat a wide range of injuries. Below is a discussion of some of the most common orthopedic surgery procedures.

Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee replacement is one of the most common procedures performed by orthopedic surgeons. Your knee experiences a tremendous amount of wear and tear due to daily activities and the rigors of athletic endeavors. This can cause your knee joint to wear out over time, requiring replacement. Knee replacement surgery is also performed to address pain associated with arthritis.

During knee replacement, your damaged knee joint is removed and replaced with a prosthetic joint. You can undergo total knee replacement to replace the entire joint, or partial knee replacement in situations where the damage is less extensive and only part of the joint needs to be replaced.

Hip Replacement Surgery

hip replacement surgeryHip replacement is often performed to alleviate pain and restore proper mobility in your hip joint. These issues can be caused by:

During hip replacement, the damaged ball and socket hip joint is removed and replaced with an artificial hip joint.

Shoulder Replacement Surgery

Your shoulder is one of the most complex joints in your body. The ball and socket nature of this joint allows it to move in a variety of ways, including forwards and backwards, up and down, and in a circular motion. Your shoulder joint can potentially wear out over time, resulting in severe pain and reduced mobility. These issues can also occur due to an injury or arthritis.

Shoulder replacement surgery is performed to alleviate this pain and restore proper mobility of the joint. During this procedure, damaged parts of your shoulder joint are removed and replaced with a prosthetic implant joint.

Revision Joint Surgery

Joint replacement surgeries such as knee, hip and shoulder replacement typically experience a high success rate and deliver long lasting results. However, these medical devices aren’t meant to last forever. Eventually, you may require revision surgery.

Revision surgery is performed for a variety of reasons, including:

During revision surgery, the initial implant is replaced with a new one. These procedures are more complex than an initial joint replacement surgery, and it’s important to work with an orthopedic surgeon who has extensive experience performing revision surgery.

ACL Surgery

A torn ACL is one of the most common sports injuries impacting individuals who live an active lifestyle and participate in athletics. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) runs diagonally across the middle of your knee. When this ligament tears, it can result in significant pain, reduced range of motion, and instability in the knee.

ACL surgery is performed to repair a torn ACL. During the procedure, a tendon is taken from another part of your body and used to reconstruct your ACL.

Spine Surgery

spine surgeryBack pain is one of the most common issues impacting American adults. In many cases, back pain can be treated with conservative, nonsurgical methods such as spine injections or physical therapy. However, there are certain times when surgery is necessary to alleviate your pain and correct your condition.

Orthopedic surgeons perform a variety of spine surgery procedures. The right procedure for you will depend on your specific injury. Some of the most common spine surgeries include:

Bone Fracture Repair

In most cases, fractured bones will heal by immobilizing them in a cast, and surgery won’t be necessary. However, certain complex fractures may require surgery to heal properly. When broken bones are surgically repaired, plates, screws and/or pins are used to reposition fractured bone fragments.

Raising the Bar for Orthopedic Surgery on the Western Slope

If you suffer an orthopedics or sports injury, Colorado Advanced Orthopedics can help you restore a pain free life. Our team is committed to delivering the exceptional quality care you deserve and over the past few years, CAO has been raising the bar for orthopedic surgery on the Western Slope.

When you have your orthopedic procedure performed at CAO, you’ll benefit from working with some of the finest and most experienced board-certified, fellowship trained orthopedic surgeons on the Western Slope. Our orthopedic surgeons use the latest techniques and leverage the most advanced technology to ensure your procedure is performed at the highest levels of comfort and precision.

Each of our orthopedic surgeons has a different area of specialization, ensuring our team has the background necessary to address just about any orthopedic injury or condition you have. In addition, the skill of our surgeons and our commitment to using state-of-the-art technology has enabled our team to deliver surgical outcomes that exceed industry standards. This level of orthopedic care is unmatched anywhere on the Western Slope.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment. Colorado Advanced Orthopedics serves patients in Meeker and throughout the White River Valley.

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