Here is a partial list of some common surgical procedures that would fall under this category:
✓ Knee arthroscopy and meniscectomy
✓ Knee replacement
✓ Shoulder arthroscopy and decompression
✓ Repair of femoral neck fracture
✓ Hip replacement
✓ Lumbar spinal fusion
✓ Low back intervertebral disc surgery
✓ Repair of ankle fracture (fibula)
✓ Repair of femoral shaft fracture
✓ Repair of rotator cuff tendon
✓ Carpal tunnel release
The Surgical Process
Prior to performing a surgical procedure, surgeons need to secure proper imaging of the area of the body that is causing their patients discomfort. Imaging refers to processes like X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans.
Once the problem area has been properly identified, the surgeon has a couple of different surgical procedures from which they can choose.
The most intrusive surgical option requires the surgeon to perform an operation on the patient. This is the option surgeons use for major bone repair/ reconstruction procedures.
If the patient’s issue lies in one of their joint areas, the surgeon can use a less intrusive Arthroscopy procedure. With this type of procedure, the surgeon would only need to make a small incision into which they can place an arthroscope to get at the issue.
After going through these types of procedures, patients will typically need to go through physical therapy to re-establish proper body function.