What Does an Orthopedic Doctor Do?

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What is an orthopedic specialist? How can they help you?

We asked experts to shed light on these questions.

Nickolas Garbis, MD, AAOS

Nickolas Garbis

Orthopedic Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon at Loyola University Medical Center

Orthopedic surgeons are doctors who treat diseases of bone, muscles, ligaments, and tendons

There are a variety of different treatments an orthopedic surgeon can use depending on the condition. Some examples are rest, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, activity modification, injections, or surgical treatment.

In severe cases of joint disease, orthopedic surgeons also perform joint replacements.

One of the most gratifying things is to be able to take somebody who is suffering and has had a reduction in the quality of life, and essentially bring them back to how they felt before they were dealing with their orthopedic ailment. That could be something like being able to work out, play their sport, or hold their grandchild or even just to be able to walk and live independently.

Dr. Alwin Almeida

Alwin Almeida

Chief Orthopedic Surgeon and Joint Replacement Specialist at Health City Cayman Islands

Orthopedics is one of the most fascinating fields in medicine/surgery. As a specialty that requires in-depth knowledge of the anatomy and biomechanics of the human body, as orthopedic surgeons, we are often referred to as the “carpenters of the medical profession”.

The goal in the management of our orthopedic patients is to restore an active and pain-free life

The majority of our time is spent thoroughly assessing, examining and planning appropriate treatment for patients which may include surgical procedures. We believe that “Movement is Life” and orthopedics helps restore both movement and life.

Involved in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of bone, joints, ligament, tendon, and muscle disorders, we specialize in shoulder, elbow, hand, wrist, hip, knee, and spine surgery. Patients of all ages are treated for conditions that include fractures, joint replacements, sports injuries, and spinal deformities.

Our team also develops strategies that prevent surgery, as well as post-surgical rehabilitation approaches that enable proper healing, to help prevent future injuries.

The physiotherapy program assesses and evaluates the specific condition of each patient in order to develop a personalized rehab program. Physiotherapists at Health City Cayman Islands employ the most appropriate modalities and exercises which allow patients to restore normal function and resume an active lifestyle.

We participate in annual training or continuing education sessions

As orthopedic specialists, we participate in annual training or continuing education sessions in order to provide the most up-to-date and affordable treatment modalities.

For instance, robotic-assisted surgery, available at Health City Cayman Islands since 2016, guides the surgeon to more precise bone cuts and ligament balancing for the best results. This minimally invasive procedure reduces surgical errors and allows for precise placement of implants and alignment and hence, a superior result, using computer-guided techniques.

I recently had the privilege to receive training overseas with French expert Professor Pascal Boileau in the latest techniques for Arthroscopic Latarjet surgery of the shoulder. This was critically important since as many as 90 percent of the body’s dislocations happen in the shoulder which is the most unstable joint in the body. This technique, which is also minimally invasive, results in a quicker return to recovery compared to conventional surgical techniques.

We also embrace the comprehensive monitoring of infection control practices that have helped to directly lower costs for our patients and their families.