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Orthopedic Surgeon: Operations Performed by Orthopedic Surgeons

Orthopedics is the medical specialty that focuses on injuries and diseases of your body’s musculoskeletal system. This complex system includes your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves.

Orthopedists care for patients of all ages, from newborns with club feet to young athletes requiring arthroscopic surgery to older people with arthritis. And anybody can break a bone.

Your Orthopedic Surgeon

Orthopedic surgeons manage problems of the musculoskeletal system including:

  • Diagnosis of your injury or disorder
  • Treatment with medication, exercise, surgery or other treatment plans
  • Rehabilitation exercises or physical therapy recommendations to restore movement, strength and
  • Prevention with information and treatment plans to prevent injury or slow the progression of diseases

While orthopedic surgeons are familiar with all aspects of the musculoskeletal system, many orthopedists specialize in certain areas, such as the foot and ankle, hand and wrist, spine, shoulder, hip or knee. They may also choose to focus on specific fields like pediatrics, trauma or sports medicine. Some orthopedic surgeons specialize in several areas.

Adapted from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons website.

The following is a list of surgeries performed by an orthopedic surgeon.


  1. Derick Young says

    Wow, I didn’t know that metal has been used in orthopedics ever since the 1940s. I guess if they’ve been being used for that long then they must be safe. I can only imagine how weird it would feel to have a piece of metal in your body instead of bone.

  2. I can’t believe I hadn’t come across this till now. Good thing I came across this post. Appreciate you posting it!

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