Although orthopedic surgeons may use nonsurgical approaches in helping out their patients with certain conditions, orthopedic procedures basically involve the muscles and skeletons of the body. Technological advancements in the medical field have simplified orthopedic surgical procedures in several ways. Here are the common orthopedic procedures that require different treatment approaches.
When a patient has a previous diagnosis of severe arthritis and seeks increased range motion or pain relief, he or she requires to undergo a total joint replacement. The work of the orthopedic surgeon is to assess all the necessary joints that require replacement and use a naturally shaped metal or plastic surface to achieve realignment that will enable normal joint functioning.
A shoulder joint is very useful because it’s used most of the times. Even though the procedure may sound painful, when the orthopedic surgeon uses a metal or plastic implant to conduct a total shoulder joint replacement by replacing the damaged cartilage and bone, a patient can feel better over time. The idea is to improve the range of motion at the joint.
One of the main problems that may lead to a spine surgery is a severe back pain. When someone has a back pain, he or she cannot be able to perform some very simple but vital day-to-day tasks.
Spinal Fusion is a common back surgery procedure that can enable a patient to regain physical activity and general productivity. During this procedure, the orthopedic surgeon will join spinal bones, called vertebrae, together to restrict stretching of nerves and movement between the spine bones.