Orthopedic Surgeon

Orthopedic surgery cares for many patients, from infants with club feet to teenage athletes who require arthroscopic surgery to more mature people with arthritis.

Here are some FAQs that will prepare you for your first consultation with an orthopedic surgeon Montreal-based.

What is an orthopedic surgeon?

This is a physician who specializes in diagnosing and treating injuries caused by the misalignment and degeneration of bones and joints and deformities of the skeleton.

Orthopedic surgeons use their expertise in the field to repair and prevent injury. The Canadian Orthopedic Association (COA) is a good resource for finding the right surgeon.

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What are the types of orthopedic surgery?

Arthroscopic or minimally invasive surgery is typically only performed if the injury is minor and the surgeon does not need to go inside the joint.

Arthroscopic surgery uses small instruments inserted into the joint through small incisions. For example, a small screwdriver may be used to create a “window” or a small flap in the joint to expose the joint capsule for the surgeon.

A sizeable handheld drill can be inserted to widen the opening and allow access to the joint capsule. In other cases, surgery may be performed to remove a tumor, remove bone, etc.

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Orthopedic surgery is performed for a range of medical conditions. Conventional (open) surgery (also called open arthroplasty) uses an incision in the skin and muscle of the thigh or groin.

What questions should I ask my orthopedic surgeon?

  • What is your procedure?
  • What are your lab values?
  • How long will the procedure take?
  • What type of incisions will I have?
  • What is the recovery time for each part of the procedure?
  • Do I have to stay overnight in the hospital?
  • How long will the recovery time take?
  • Will I need to use a walking aid or cane?
  • Is this an elective surgery, or do I need to have this done because of other problems?
  • What is the cost of the surgery and hospitalization?
  • Who will pay for the surgery?
  • What is the recovery time for each part of the procedure?
  • How long will the recovery time take?
  • Will I need to use a walking aid or cane?
  • Will I be off work for a week or more after surgery?
  • Will I need a blood test before surgery?

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Unfortunately, many people need more knowledge on the topic to pursue treatment.

Choose a surgeon who will let you in on their experience and expertise so you can decide what treatment would best serve your body and your needs.

Before settling on a surgeon, take some time to read the Orthopedic Surgery Profile from the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).

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