Any surgical procedure that’s designed to repair or treat bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, or nerves related to the mechanics of your body can be considered an orthopedic technique. In addition to four years of study to obtain a medical degree, orthopedic surgeons may have up to six years of additional education, training, and residency to hone their skills.
Orthopedic problems affect patients of all ages, from newborns to seniors. These issues can range from broken bones and torn muscles to complex disorders and diseases. Dr. Katzman uses many types of surgical procedures to treat you, matching the technique to the problem. However, surgery is rarely your only option, and it’s typically a last resort, only for use when you don’t respond to more conservative treatments.
General areas treated by orthopedic surgeons include:
Some of the surgeries Dr. Katzman most often performs include:
Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique that’s increasingly popular for the way it minimizes damage to the tissue surrounding the treatment area. Traditional open surgery often requires cutting and pulling back healthy tissue to access an injury or disorder, resulting in long recovery times and potential complications. Arthroscopy uses special cameras and tools to see inside the body through small incisions.
Fusion can be thought of as a welding process for bones, often using bone grafts or metal rods to assist the process. It’s most frequently used when ruptured discs of the spine must be removed. The vertebrae on either side of the disc are fused to prevent bone-on-bone contact during movement.
Joint replacements, both total and partial, provide a way to restore worn or damaged joints, using synthetic joints that can fuse with the bone to provide a smoothly operating replacement.
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