Orthopedic Procedures: How and Why They Are Performed

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Posted by omeditors | Posted in Orthopedic Specialist | Posted on 08-05-2017

Orthopedic surgeons perform orthopedic procedures on patients who suffer from ailments, such as joint deformities, sports injuries, and arthritic conditions. These procedures evolve from time to time as technology keeps evolving, with traditional procedures being overtaken by more modern procedures. The top three modern orthopedic procedures include arthroscopic procedures, surgical fusions, and joint replacements.

 

Arthroscopic procedures

 

Arthroscopic procedures involve an extensive camera use, minimizing the magnitude of cuts; the minimal the cutting, the faster the healing process. The method was developed in the recent years with the aim of having as few incisions as possible performed on a patient. The process works perfectly well with the repair of damaged tendons and ligaments, as well as tissue tears in joints such as knees, shoulders, and hips.

 

Surgical fusions

 

Surgical fusions is an orthopedic procedure performed on a patient so as to stabilize a damaged joint. As the name suggests, stabilizing a joint through this process involves fusing or joining multiple vertebrae. Knee joints and spines are the body parts to which surgical fusions are commonly done. During the procedure, orthopedic surgeons join the vertebrae using pins and screws around the damaged part to facilitate speedy healing.

 

Joint replacement procedures

 

Joint replacement procedures are most commonly performed on the knees and the hips. A joint can either be replaced partially or entirely depending on the magnitude of the damage. For a complete knee joint replacement, for example, a prosthetic device is implanted in place of the injured knee joint.

 

Greg Finch

 

Greg Finch is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in minimally invasive spine surgery, cervical spine surgery, and adult deformity. Finch has been in the practice since he graduated from the University of Auckland 26 years ago. Currently, Finch plies his trade under Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

 

Apart from Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Finch has practiced under several other healthcare facilities like Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Sunshine Coast Hospital, and Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery.