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Orthopedic Surgery definitions

Orthopedic surgery is a medically invasive procedure performed by a surgeon on the musculoskeletal system. Musculoskeletal refers to bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons joints and other tissues that support and bind the body's organ together. In fact, orthopedics gets its name from combining the Greek words for orthos (straight) and pedics (child), as the keystone of orthopedic practice used to be treating spine and bone deformities. Today orthopedic surgeons often treat painful sports injuries or perform joint reconstruction surgery. If you are dealing with a problem that needs an orthopedic surgeon, you should find the following terms helpful.

  • Cartilage – A flexible connective tissue found in the joints between bones
  • Ligament – Fibrous tissue that connects bones to other bones.
  • Joint – Location where two or more bones connect that allow for movement and support.
  • Meniscus Tear – A common knee injury, especially among sports athletes. There are 2 pieces of cartilage called menisci around the knee that can be torn by twisting or turning too quickly, causing pain and swelling.
  • Joint replacement – A surgical procedure that involved replacing a heavily worn bone with a synthetic object. Hip and knee replacements are common orthopedic surgeries
  • Resurfacing – Resurface surgery is an alternative to replacement surgery. In the case of hip resurfacing, instead of removing the entire bone, a metal cap is placed over the bones. It is a less intensive surgery than a hip replacement.
  • Arthroscopy – A surgical procedure where a joint is examined and diagnosed by a professional for problems using an arthroscope, a small tube. This is often done on meniscus tears, ligament tears and knee and shoulder examinations.
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    Arizona Orthopaedic Foot and A
    20201 North Scottsdale Healthc, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
    I am an internationally fellowship-trained foot and ankle specialist. I specialize in all aspects of foot and ankle care, including trauma, total ankle replacement, and ankle arthroplasty.
    (480) 473-3668
    Orthopedic Specialists of Central Arizona
    2401 N. 73rd St., Suite 275, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
    Dr. Kaper is one of the premier orthopedic surgeons in Arizona and the Southwest for hip, knee and shoulder replacement surgery. Performing over 400 joint replacement surgeries each year
    (480) 305-0034
    AzISKS Arizona Institute for Sports, Knees, and Sh
    20401 N 73rd St Suite 155, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
    At AzISKS, our mission is to promote patient well-being by providing the highest quality Orthopedic care of the shoulder and knee through research, knowledge, surgical skill, compassion
    (480) 214-9752
    Agility Orthopedics
    450 S Willard St Ste 101, Cottonwood, AZ 86326
    (928) 634-1112
    Verde Valley Orthopedic Associates
    450 S Willard St Ste 120, Cottonwood, AZ 86326
    (928) 649-7960
    Northern Arizona Orthopaedics
    3237 N Windsong Dr, Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
    (928) 772-5320
    Granite Orthopaedics PLLC
    1223 Willow Creek Rd, Prescott, AZ 86301
    (928) 777-9950
    Granite Orthopaedics PLLC
    1231 Willow Creek Rd, Prescott, AZ 86301
    (928) 776-2955
    Valley Orthopedics Anthem
    41125 N Daisy Mountain Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85086
    (623) 806-1399
    Orthopedic Surgery Center
    2262 E Rose Garden Ln, Phoenix, AZ 85024
    (602) 424-4408
    Hanger Orthopedics
    18325 N Allied Way, Phoenix, AZ 85054
    (480) 513-1991
    Phoenix Orthopedic Consultants
    18699 N 67th Ave Ste 120, Glendale, AZ 85308
    (623) 583-9800
    Phoenix Orthopedic Consultants
    18275 N 59th Ave Ste 186, Glendale, AZ 85308
    (602) 374-4509
    Phoenix Orthopedic Surgeons
    2525 W Greenway Rd Ste 114, Phoenix, AZ 85023
    (602) 938-5800
    Spine & Orthopedic Specialists
    20401 N 73rd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
    (480) 353-0446


    Orthopedic surgery is a highly specialized practice of correcting problems in the musculoskeletal system. Connective tissue, ligaments, cartilage, muscle and bone make up our skeletal systems. Over the course of our lives we can do damage to our bodies. Accidents, sports related injuries or normal wear and tear can cause chronic pain in our backs and spines. An orthopedic surgeon can correct these types of medical problems and allow us to live easier, more comfortable lives. It is no longer necessary to suffer in silence or to self-medicate in order to control our level of discomfort. Arthritis or a sports related injury can be treated with this type of surgical procedure. Problems with the legs or shoulders can be remedied according to a doctor's diagnosis. Sometimes it may be necessary for reconstruction of a joint or a knee may need to be replaced. As we grow older our skeletal systems weaken and are prone to breakage due to falls. Hip replacements are very common among the elderly. As our aging population grows, so too will the need for this type of healthcare. Some surgery is outpatient while other procedures may require a short stay in the hospital. Advances in modern medicine have made treatment for these injuries quick and effective. In many instances surgeons are able to reconstruct vertebrae or resurface hips or treat a meniscus tear. Those who suffer from pain due to arthritis may also find relief with a surgical procedure, but this is not necessarily the only or best treatment. You should discuss alternatives with your doctor before making any decisions.
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