Considering there are 206 bones in the adult human body, one can see how crucial the science of orthopaedic surgery has become. Orthopaedics is defined by two Greek words - ortho, meaning straight; and paedi, meaning child. Orthopaedics was first established as a practice using braces to straighten bone deformities in children. With the amazing technological advances and equipment now available to physicians, along with the vast knowledge learned about the human skeleton, the role of an orthopaedic surgeon is invaluable.
Orthopaedic surgeons seem to do it all, from head to toe, and everything in between. The science has also reached incredible heights with surgeons able to almost duplicate the way bones, joints, and ligaments naturally move about in the body, as well as repair the original extent of motion.
When most people think of orthopaedics, they think of a specialist only dealing with broken bones. However, the range of orthopaedic treatment is enormous. These are just a few of the most common procedures done in an orthopaedic clinic, like knee replacement; hip replacement; rotator cuff repair; ankle fracture repair; lumbar spinal fusion; and femoral neck fracture repair. With the introduction of artificial limbs and joints, orthopaedic surgery has become more sophisticated and complex. Screws, pins, and wires are sometimes just the beginning of treatment, not the end-all.
Orthopaedic surgeons have been able to significantly improve the busy lives of boomers, who have been slowed down by problems in the knees and hips. Many surgeries today are minimally invasive, having the patient back up and running around in less time, with little pain and much better mobility.
Baby boomers want to hike, ski, and remain active longer, and orthopaedic clinics have kept with the pace. Implant surgical procedures have produced incredible results with materials that fit better and can withstand wear and tear with significant activity on these joints. It is estimated that about 80% of today's procedures are done in an outpatient setting at these clinics.
CT and MRI imaging technology have also made excellent progress in orthopaedic surgery. The availability of these 3-D models has helped revolutionize the field. Surgeons can study a patient's unique physiology and match an implant that is perfect for one's body ahead of surgery, which saves a lot of time and preparation in the operating room.
Robotic surgery, techniques with computer navigation, and other sophisticated instrumentation, have all contributed to the success in the study of bones, joints, and ligaments. There are new, exciting changes on the way for orthopaedic technology, as science continues to reveal even more about the human skeleton, and all 206 bones that come with it.
Depending on your orthopaedic condition, our orthopaedic clinic in Singapore provides a range of treatments. We offer the following treatments:
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