Having studied Orthopedic Surgery,
Dr. Vanderweide has been trained
to treat a wide range of injuries to the musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons, in either a non-surgical or surgical manner, resorting to surgery when all other treatment methods have been exhausted or ruled out. Additionally, Dr. Vanderweide is trained to diagnose a range of musculoskeletal conditions, such as fractures or sprains.
Orthopedic surgery is a medical specialty focused on the repair of any part of the musculoskeletal system. Although the name identifies the specialty as being surgical, not all procedures performed by orthopedic surgeons involve actual surgical procedures or operations. Because the musculoskeletal system is comprised of the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and bones, there are many different complications and injuries that an orthopedic surgeon may treat.
Orthopedic surgeons may be consulted after a patient has received an injury resulting from spine disorders, hip disorders, musculoskeletal tumors, sports injuries, hand and arm disorders, foot and ankle disorders, limb deformities, congenital disorders and cerebral palsy, among many others. Some of the most common procedures performed by orthopedic surgeons include knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy, carpal tunnel release, removal of support implants, hip replacement, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and repair of the rotator cuff tendon, among many others.
Orthopedic surgeons not only operate on and treat patients, but they are also often involved in diagnostic procedures and related care. When crafting a treatment plan, either surgical or non-surgical, orthopedic surgeons must take into account any impending side effects of the procedure, as well as the time and effort of rehabilitation therapy that will need to take place, among other factors. Orthopedic surgeons are also trained to educate patients on the prevention of injury and the treatment they are receiving, as well as any diet and lifestyle changes that may be able to assist in recovery or the prevention of further injury.