Monday, October 31, 2011

Innovations in Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic surgery is a broad area of medicine designed to treat musculoskeletal disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and injuries. Surgeries may include joint replacement, resetting a fractured bone, and decompressions. With revolutionary advances in laser, ultrasound, and video technologies, orthopedic surgeons are able to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions accurately and quickly with highly technical surgical procedures.
Internal Diagnosis
Problems of the joints are among the most common ailments treated by orthopedic surgeons.Arthroscopic surgery has made improving joint health a practical alternative to invasive joint replacement surgeries. This procedure uses a small incision through which a lens and lighting equipment are inserted. Then, fiber optics transfer the image of the inside of the joint onto a television screen. The doctor can then identify the exact source of the problem and apply appropriate treatment. This surgery can be performed in the ankle, knee, shoulder, or wrist. Arthroscopic surgery also allows for less downtime for patients and more targeted treatment.
Male medical senior doctor pointing at radiograph x-ray image
Outlook for Future Advances
A large part of the improvement of orthopedic surgery is the quality of artificial implants used to replace damaged joints. Research and testing is being conducted to create synthetic knee structures that behave exactly like joints in the human knee. This would make physical therapy much easier on patients after surgery because they would be allowed optimum mobility. Hip resurfacing has also become a subject of recent research because it allows more of the bone to be preserved, potentially avoiding total hip replacement. Computer-assisted hip resurfacing procedures are being developed to allow doctors the most accuracy when performing this surgery.
TOCA: The Orthopedic Clinic Association offers the latest techniques in orthopedic surgery to correct musculoskeletal disorders with the greatest possible comfort for the patient. We have several locations in Arizona for your orthopedic care. Learn more about us on our website or call (602) 277-6211

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