Orthopedic Surgery FAQ

What is orthopedic surgery?

Answer: Orthopedic surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves (musculoskeletal system). Subspecialties within the orthopedics include adult reconstruction, sports medicine, trauma, spine, foot, hand, shoulder, elbow and orthopedic oncology. Orthopedics that deals with issues related to the musculoskeletal system. This system comprises the body’s many bones, ligaments, tendons, joints, and muscles

What kind of metal is used in orthopedic surgery?

Answer: Implants are biomaterial devices. A biomaterial is any substance or combination of substances (other than a drug), synthetic or natural in origin, that can be used for any period of time as a whole or part of a system that treats, augments or replaces any tissue, organ or function of the body.

Implants are essential in the practice of orthopedics. They are used in osteosynthesis, joint replacements, spine fixation, and tumor treatment.

Common implant materials in orthopedics are:

  • Metal alloy
  • Ceramics
  • Polymers

Does Medicare cover orthopedic surgery?

Answer: Medicare covers most medically necessary procedures.

Is spine surgery orthopedic or neurosurgery?

Answer: When the surgery is performed on the bones of the spine, your surgery is considered orthopedic spine surgery. When the brain, spine, spinal cord, nerves, or intraspinal vasculature are involved, neurosurgery is being performed.

Is orthopedic surgery right for me?

Answer: Patients who have experienced trauma, such as in a car accident, or sports injuries may need orthopedic surgery to correct broken bones, misaligned joints, or torn tendons. If you suffer arthritis, bone diseases, or genetic deformities, our orthopedic surgeons also can help.