3 of the Most Common Orthopedic Surgeries

Orthopedic surgeon doctor operating patient in surgery or hospitalSome of the most innovative advancements in healthcare over the last 30 years have come in the field of orthopedic surgery. Thanks to developments such as increased use of arthroscopy, up to 80 percent of orthopedic procedures lend themselves to outpatient settings.

These improvements have allowed people with musculoskeletal issues such as back pain or arthritis to enjoy continued mobility. Here is a look at three of the most common orthopedic surgeries performed today.

Total joint replacement

Your joints are buffered by a layer of cartilage, a firm but flexible connective tissue that keeps the bones from rubbing together. Osteoarthritis or other types of damage can lead to an erosion of cartilage, resulting in pain and limited range of motion.

Joint replacement involves removing the damaged parts and replacing them with a naturally shaped metal or plastic device that allows it to provide the movement of a healthy joint. While this procedure can be used for nearly any joint, it is most frequently performed on knees and hips.

Spine surgery

If the vertebrae in your back are damaged or out of alignment, the pressure on nerves causes considerable pain. You may also experience numbness down your arms or legs, depending on which nerves are affected.

Spinal fusion is used to join the vertebrae together, restricting their movement and preventing stretching of the nerves. In the past this has been the most common back surgery, but disc replacement is becoming a popular alternative because it allows for a greater range of motion.

ACL reconstruction

The anterior cruciate ligament serves to stabilize your knee. If it ruptures, the orthopedic surgeon replaces it with a new ACL made from your own tissue or donor tissue. While this orthopedic surgery has gained attention due to its frequent use with professional athletes, the ACL can tear during everyday activity if the knee gets twisted in the wrong way.

Don’t let spine or joint pain reduce your quality of life. Orthopedic surgery is a viable option to relieve pain and keep you moving, contact us today! 

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