Orthopedic surgery is mainly concerned with the skeleton and muscles in the human body. This procedure corrects problems that arise in the skeleton, ligaments, tendons and attachments. Some of the common problems corrected by this kind of surgery arise from damage due to aging or from injuries to the spine.
Here are three of the most common orthopedic surgeries.
Total Joint Replacement
Individuals who are diagnosed with severe joint pains and severe arthritis are advised to undergo a total joint replacement surgery. This will enable them to gain increased motion. After treatment and recovery, the patient feels lesser pain and can resume their normal life almost immediately. The surgeon checks the damage to your joints and replaces the affected parts with metal or plastic parts that enable normal movement with no pain.
This is a very complicated procedure. There are many types of ailments that may lead to spine surgery, including back pain. This pain can get so severe that it completely hampers the normal life of a patient. The most common way of treatment is spinal fusion, which is basically joining two vertebrae of the backbone together. This restricts motion, which in turn reduces stress on the spinal cord. After treatment, the patient experiences reduced or no pain at all.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) is one of the main ligaments that stabilize the knee and its movements. This ligament should be reconstructed once it ruptures. An orthopedic surgeon uses donor tissues or your own to make another ACL. This new ligament is put in place by use of screws or other devices.
About Dr. Greg Finch
Dr. Greg Finch attended Auckland Medical School and graduated in 1991, and subsequently, Royal College of Surgeons Melbourne where he graduated in 2001. Dr. Greg Finch is an astute orthopedic surgeon who is trained in all aspects of spinal surgery.
Dr. Greg Finch is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons(FRACS). He is also a member of the Spine Society of Australia and the North America Spine Society. After Dr. Greg Finch gained his FRACS, he spent two years working with world leaders in spine surgery in German, USA, and the UK. He also has special interests in minimally invasive adult deformity, spine surgery, and cervical spine surgery, including disc replacement.