Orthopedic Surgery Specialist

Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center -  - Orthopedic Surgeon

Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center

Orthopedic Surgeons & Spine Surgeons located in Merrillville, IN & Gary, IN

The physicians with the Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center in Merrillville, Indiana specialize in orthopedic surgeries of all types from the top of the head down to the little toe. Orthopedic surgery is an advanced medical specialty that utilizes both surgical and nonsurgical means to manage conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. The specialists at Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center spend years learning how to diagnose, treat and repair injuries to bone and muscle improving the quality of life for their patients.

Orthopedic Surgery Q & A

What kind of training is necessary to specialize in orthopedic surgery?

Physicians go through rigorous training to become orthopedic surgical specialists. After a four-year undergraduate education, they spend another four years in medical school. Once they complete their postgraduate education, they move on to residency training in orthopedic surgery, which usually last another five years. It's a very competitive field, and only the best of the best make it into a residency program.

After completing residency, most physicians in this field select a sub-specialty and continue their training. At Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center, there are specialists available in almost every subset including:

  • Spine injuries
  • Sports medicine
  • Joint replacements
  • Knee injuries
  • Foot and ankle surgery

What are some different types of orthopedic surgeries?

The field of orthopedic surgery is broad because there are so many bone-related conditions and injuries that patients can suffer. Some of the more common procedures include:

  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Chondroplasty
  • Knee replacement
  • Fracture repair
  • Rotator cuff tendon repair
  • Tissue debridement
  • Hip replacement
  • Lumbar spinal fusion
  • ACL reconstruction
  • Arthroplasty

These are just a few possible choices available in this diverse field of medicine.

What is arthroscopy?

Arthroscopy is a very distinctive type of surgery performed by specialists at the Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center. They use a tiny camera and surgical tools to diagnose joint injuries and do repairs. The equipment requires extreme precision, so it takes additional training to perform this kind of orthopedic procedure. Several of the orthopedic surgeons at Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center have the necessary training to offer this minimally invasive procedure to patients.

What is arthroplasty?

Arthroplasty is the surgical replacement or realignment of a joint. In other words, it allows the surgeon to restore a joint to normal functioning by fixing it or replacing it with a prosthetic. Some common forms of arthroplasty include:

  • Knee replacement
  • Hip replacement
  • Shoulder joint replacement

Are there risks with orthopedic surgeries?

There's a risk with any kind of surgical procedure including orthopedic. The specialists and care staff at Methodist Physician Group Orthopedic and Spine Center will go over the potential complications, as well as post-surgical instructions that help avoid problems. Some common concerns with these procedures include infection, nerve damage, and bleeding. That's one reason the training is so fierce for those who choose this specialty.