The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery websites both have search engines that allow people to search through their member lists by location or name. U.S. News & World Report also provides a list of orthopaedic surgeons organized by location.Continue Reading
Orthopaedic surgeons specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of problems with the body's musculoskeletal system, explains the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. The musculoskeletal system includes muscles, ligaments, joints, tendons, bones and nerves. Early orthopaedic surgeons often focused on treating children with spine, leg or other limb problems, but as of 2015, orthopaedic surgeons treat all sorts of patients with musculoskeletal problems.
Orthopaedic surgeons perform joint replacements that require the removal of all or part of a joint and the installation of an artificial joint, notes the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Prior to a joint replacement, they might conduct an arthroscopy, which uses surgical cameras for diagnosis and sometimes treatment of joint problems. Orthopaedic surgeons also fix damaged ligaments or tendons using a process called soft tissue repair.
These surgeons perform numerous surgeries to correct problems with bones, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. They install pins, screws and metal plates into pieces of bone to add to the healing process. Orthopaedic surgeons may also fuse two formerly separate bones together using bone grafts and metal rods. Sometimes they correct bone malformations by cutting apart the bone, repositioning the resulting pieces and allowing the bone to heal in its new position.Learn more about Conditions & Diseases