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At times, Orthopedic surgery is adopted as a treatment option for the musculoskeletal system, which mainly includes joints, bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons of the body. Orthopaedic surgery specialists carry out different surgical and non-surgical treatments to remedy problems of the musculoskeletal system. The reasons for referral to a surgeon may differ from one person to another. Surgeons need orthopedic implants and instruments for the surgical treatment. We are one of the best orthopedic implants manufacturers and suppliers across the world.
Common Orthopedic Surgery:
Most procedures of the orthopedic surgery involve treating worn out joints or broken bones. Some surgeries can be performed arthroscopically such as by looking inside a joint with a camera, in some cases larger, more invasive incisions and others through minimal incisions.
Some of the orthopedic surgical procedures which are commonly performed are:
- Hip Replacement Surgery
- Foot & Ankle Surgery
- Spinal Fusion Surgery
- Trauma Surgery
- Knee Replacement Surgery
- Sports Medicine
Recovery from Orthopedic Surgery
Recovery after orthopedic surgery depends on the nature and intricacy of specific procedure performed by the surgeon. Most procedures involve post-surgical physiotherapy to restore the strength of the joint and regain the joint mobility. Moreover, many orthopedic conditions are preceded by poor mechanics. For restoration of normal mechanics, not only does the tear need to be addressed at regular intervals but also the other joints and muscles that are around the treated part.
Treatment of injuries caused by an impact through surgical intervention is known as Trauma Surgery. A most common example is the treatment of a patient, who has sustained injuries in a car or vehicle accident and is brought to the Emergency ward, where a trauma surgeon is requisitioned for his treatment. Trauma surgeons use Orthopedic implants like bone plates, bone screws etc. for treating bone damage/ fractures through surgical intervention.
Explanation of Trauma
Trauma is the injury suffered when an individual experience a blunt force. Depending upon graveness of injury, it is also referred to as a “major trauma”. Trauma patients may be the victims of stabbings, accidental falls, car crashes, gunshot wounds, Natural calamity etc. Trauma can also be caused by crush type injuries in case of falls, and pedestrians being struck by a car.
Internal injuries can affect bones, the brain, internal organs, and the other soft tissues of the body. No area of the human body is immune to trauma, but trauma can range from minor (hitting your finger with a hammer) to major (being hit by a car at the time of traveling at a high speed or falling off from a building).
Who Performs Trauma Surgery
In case of severe trauma, like in case of a catastrophic car crash, the trauma surgeon may be part of a surgical team which also includes vascular surgeons (to repair damage to blood vessels), general surgeons (to repair internal abdominal injuries), orthopedic surgeons (to repair broken bones), and other surgeons as needed.
The team of trauma will include not only one or more surgeons, but also the paramedics who stabilize and transport the patient, anesthetist, nurses, radiographer, respiratory therapy, and the support of scientists of the medical laboratory, including the blood bank.
Each of this specialist of the selected field has undergone extensive education and training in their field of specialization. The basic qualification is a bachelor’s degree from Medical College followed by Post Graduation in a specific field and subsequent focused training in the area of specialization. Usually, trauma surgery fellowships are one or two years long. Trauma surgeons often serve a critical care fellowship too.
From Doctor to Surgeon
A trauma surgeon has a different function and set of skills from a Doctor of Emergency room. When you reach in the emergency room for any complaint, the ER doctor will see you, stabilize your condition, examine you, and order imaging studies as well as tests. He will alert the specialists needed, which may be a trauma surgeon also. The function of ER doctor includes referring you for admission or discharging you with correct treatment and follow-up-referrals.
If you require trauma surgery, you will be handed over to the trauma surgeon, who will become your provider. He will not only perform the surgery, but you will also be followed by him and his team for recovery, rehabilitation, and discharge. When you need an emergency surgery, you may be treated at the facility where you had arrived, or you may be transported to a facility that has the specialist required for your condition. When you arrive at his facility, the trauma surgeon may not be available to examine you.
The trauma surgeon is often the person responsible for prioritizing which of your injuries will be treated first and determining the required series of the diagnostic and operative procedures that require orthopedic implants and instruments such as antegrade femoral nail, interlocking nails, instruments for a mini fragment, bone hammers etc.