What is a Joint Replacement/Reconstruction Doctor?
Orthopedic surgeons who perform joint reconstruction often perform a wide variety of different procedures in order to diagnose and treat the many different conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system. Conservative, non-surgical treatments are usually the first line of defense against orthopedic conditions. Some conservative treatments your orthopedic doctor may recommend are activity modification, rest, physical therapy, corticosteroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication.
If conservative measures have no effect over a set time period, your surgeon will consider the various surgical options available. Arthroscopic or other image guided procedures, arthroplasty or artificial joint replacements, repair, or reconstruction are some examples of orthopedic procedures.
Advances in surgical technology has meant that orthopedic surgeons have options that can make procedures less invasive than traditional options.
Surgical options depend on the condition and its location and severity, as well as other factors like your medical history and general health. To avoid risks to your safety or potential treatment side effects, your doctor may not recommend certain procedures. Every person’s condition and anatomy are different, so you may not be a candidate for some procedures.
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Treatments and Conditions
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons has a great library of patient education. Here are additional resources for you to learn about joint injuries and surgeries.