Deciding to Have Orthopedic Surgery

Making the decision to undergo surgery should not be a process that is taken lightly. Before you reach a conclusion regarding a possible operation, you will have the input of several different healthcare professionals as well as your support network.
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What Does it Take to Be an Orthopedic Surgeon?

The training involved with becoming an orthopedic surgeon is quite extensive and it will take many years before a new surgeon is ready to practice medicine and operate. Not only does embarking upon this career require a lengthy period of training, but it also requires that the person in question has a strong desire to help other people heal. This passion to bring relief, return function and eradicate pain from the lives of those afflicted with health issues has to be the main driver behind this career choice. Anyone who enters for any other reason will soon burn out and realise that this is not the career path for them!
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How Best to Treat a Clavicle Fracture

Injuring yourself is never going to be a fun experience and getting back to full health can be quite a drag! Injuries which are on the more serious side of the scale will often require surgery and then the patient may still have a long road to recovery ahead of them. Being able to treat an injury without surgery is generally going to be the preferred option of many patients. In some instances the choice to operate or not can be a tough one.

The clavicle is a common place to experience an injury, especially a fracture, and deciding whether to operate on it or not can be tricky. The clavicle forms part of the shoulder and aids in the suspension of the arm. It is also referred to as the collarbone. Clavicle injuries are most commonly experienced during bicycle or automobile accidents and also through contact sports. It is so prone to damage because it there isn’t a large amount of muscle in this area, meaning it has less protection from impact.
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Orthopedic Bone Drilling

Although it sounds extreme, bone drilling is sometimes a necessary part of orthopedic surgery. This is most common when a person suffers a fracture and it has to be treated with a direct approach. This means that plates, wires and immobilization screws have to be used inside the body. The drill itself is an electric device that is used by the surgeon to create holes in bones. Other common reasons for drilling bones in surgery are fixing implants and fitting prosthetic devices. The bone drill is sometimes referred to as a saw and certain types can also be used manually although this is less common at the present time.

Through extensive research experts have determined that the best orthopedic drill is one that has a split point and a quick helix. It is important to cause as little thermal damage as possible when drilling through bone and this is a prime consideration during the design process. If the area around a drill hole experiences a dramatic rise in temperature than this can negatively affect the healing process and even cause permanent damage. Infection is another risk factor and it is known that blunt drill bits are often the culprit for this temperature increase occurring. The angle at which the drill is applied is also an essential consideration of this type of orthopedic surgery.
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Preventing Surgical Site Infections


A surgical site infection is something that can strike following absolutely any surgery! When this issue is experienced an infection will develop in the particular place on the body that the surgery took place.
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Understanding Orthopedic Care


There are many reasons why you might require the services of an orthopedic doctor or orthopedic surgeon. The practice itself is predominantly associated with the treatment and care of the musculoskeletal system. This system is made up the muscles, tendons, bones and joints within your body. Today we are going to take a closer look at these parts of the body and learn a little bit more about them!

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Carpal Tunnel: What is it and How to Treat it

Carpal tunnel syndrome affects a large number of people around the world. More common in those with jobs that involve repetitive motions, such as typing, this problem can be irritating and painful to deal with. Carpal tunnel syndrome causes feelings of tingling in the fingers, with numbness and potentially pain in the hands and fingers. These feelings develop over time, and feel particularly strong at night. Normally, the numbness or the pain is felt the most strongly in the thumb, index finger and middle finger. Sufferers can also experience pins and needles and a weakness in finger and thumb strength.
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Reach for Your Goal with Basketball

basketballWhile chilly winters can be party poopers for outdoor fun, indoor sports can more than compensate with their gaming spirit. Basketball is one such indoor sport where one need not compromise on the fun in the least.

Two teams compete in taking charge of an orange ball across a rectangular court and shooting it through the opponent’s basket to net goals. The basket is a narrow net suspended from a circular hoop placed ten feet above the ground against a backboard; one in each of the team’s courts. Goals add up to points and points to a winning game. No more than 5 players from each team may be present on the court at a time and unlimited substitutions can be made. Clad in jersey and shorts, taller players are preferred for the game but precision of netting the ball from a distance is the most requisite skill. The ball can be dribbled across the court to reach the opponent’s basket while their players defend the goal by trying to take charge of the basketball from the oncoming player.
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AAOS Review Course

Recently, Dr. Hayden attended the AAOS Board Maintenance of Certification Preparation and Review course to ensure that he is familiar with some of the latest surgical techniques. Dr. Hayden works hard to provide great quality, high tech health care. Thanks for visiting!