Orthopedic injuries can affect your muscles, bones, and different types of connective tissue – rendering it difficult to move and to perform regular tasks. Some cases can be treated with a cast, a brace, medication, ice/heat therapy, and other noninvasive methods.
Some types of orthopedic injuries warrant surgical intervention. Let’s talk about some of the most common orthopedic surgeries, and where you can go in Plantation and North Miami for world-class orthopedic care.
Popular Types of Orthopedic Surgery
Here are some of the most common types of orthopedic surgery:
Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgery that is typically a treatment option for repairing soft-tissue injuries, such as the following:
- Torn meniscus — a meniscus is one of two sections of C-shaped cartilage in the knee – this injury is usually caused by a sudden pivoting or twisting movement, causing the cartilage to tear
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear — tearing of the fibrous band of tissue connecting the bones in the knee joint – this ligament is located right behind the kneecap
- Medial collateral ligament (MCL) tear — tearing of the ligament located on the inner side of your knee
Compared to traditional open knee surgery, arthroscopy generally offers faster recovery, less bleeding, and much smaller scars.
Knee Replacement Surgery
Knee replacement surgery is performed to repair a damaged knee joint, usually due to advanced arthritis. The affected parts of the joint may be resurfaced or completely replaced using plastic, metal, and/or ceramic prosthetic materials.
Hip Replacement Surgery
Hip replacement surgery is the second-most common type of arthroplasty after knee replacement. If conservative (noninvasive) treatments fail to address your hip pain, your orthopedic doctor may recommend this procedure. Hip arthroplasty can greatly help to relieve pain and improve your hip joint mobility.
Shoulder Replacement Surgery
In addition to treating severe shoulder arthritis, shoulder arthroplasty is a recommended treatment for the following issues:
- Rotator cuff tear — the rotator cuff is a thick group of muscles and tendons inside your shoulder socket, and large tears may warrant a total shoulder replacement in order to recover shoulder movement and to relieve shoulder pain
- Avascular necrosis — this is the death of bone tissue in the shoulder due to insufficient blood supply, so a total shoulder replacement (and thus a new prosthetic shoulder joint) is the best solution
Like the knees, the shoulders can also benefit from arthroscopy – especially if you perform a lot of heavy lifting or repetitive motions with the arm and shoulder. Your orthopedic doctor may recommend this procedure to repair small tears in the rotator cuff, to repair shoulder impingement syndrome, and to repair shoulder instability.
Orthopedic Doctor in Plantation, FL
If you’re looking for an experienced orthopedic doctor in Plantation, look no further than Baylis & Brown Orthopedics. We have a team of board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons who can give you the comprehensive care you deserve.
If you would like to find out more about our services or to schedule a consultation, call our friendly staff today at (954) 476-8800 or fill out our secure online appointment request form. We look forward to serving you!