Orthopedic surgeries are becoming common as more physicians are beginning to realize the effectiveness of the procedure. Since the surgery involves the musculoskeletal system, it only makes sense if the procedure is only used for these conditions.
In the U.S alone, the number of patients that successfully underwent the orthopedic surgery was 3.4 million. This figure shows how popular the orthopedic surgery is becoming. There are many forms of orthopedic procedures but here are the two common procedures carried out today:
Carpal Tunnel Release:
This is a surgical procedure that is used to relief pain on the patient’s palm. There is an open carpal tunnel surgery and endoscopic surgery.
For patients who undergo an open carpal tunnel release, the surgeon makes a small incision at the base of the patient’s palm. This exposes the carpal ligament that is cut, and the skin is stitched.
The endoscopic carpal tunnel release involves the incision of the base of the palm, and a thin tube that has the cutting tool and a camera is inserted. The camera helps the surgeon to have a clear vision of the transverse carpal ligament which is cut. The difference between the two processes is the healing time. Open carpal surgery tends to take longer than endoscopic carpal tunnel release.
Ankle Fracture Repair:
Ankle fracture has become a common case in hospitals. One stands a risk of getting bone fracture through accidents such as twisting ankles or falling. When the doctor analyzes the nature of the damage, he/she might suggest an ankle fracture repair. The procedure involves the use of a plate or a screw to hold the bones together. The healing time might take around 10-12 weeks to walk again completely.
Greg Finch is currently working at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Greg Finch has had an opportunity of working on some of the biggest hospitals in Australia. Greg Finch attended the University of Auckland where he graduated with an MBBS degree.