Orthopedic surgeons are medical doctors that treat the musculoskeletal system. The areas of the body that make up this system include muscles ligaments and bones. According to the website www.jobprofiles.org many orthopedic surgeons specialize in areas such as diseases or injuries of the foot ankle shoulder hand or spine. Also some concentrate on pediatric orthopedics sports injuries or reconstructive orthopedics. They perform surgeries using methods such as laser surgery arthroscopic surgery and arthroplasty. Orthopedic surgeons meet with patients to take their history and order X-rays MRI’s or other tests that will help determine a course of treatment. Physicians make referrals to orthopedic surgeons when their patients have problems that call for this specialty and orthopedic surgeons often work closely with other physicians such as rheumatologists and primary care doctors. Orthopedic surgeons work in hospitals private practice and sports clinics. Some orthopedic surgeons like to teach and the can do so at medical schools where they often conduct research studies as well. According to the website www.buzzle.com becoming an orthopedic surgeon requires years of rigorous study. After earning a bachelor’s degree including pre-medical science requirements individuals complete four years of medical school followed by at least four years of internship and residency in orthopedics and surgical methods. Once in practice orthopedic surgeons must keep up with new techniques and developments in their specialty. Orthopedic surgeons have a high earning potential which reflects the fact that the work of an orthopedic surgeon calls for a high level of skill and concentration and leaves little room for error. The outcome of their work can restore patients to a normal level of functioning. The website www1.salary.com says that the median annual salary for orthopedic surgeons is approximately $409400.
|Education Required:||Doctoral Degree|
|Tasks:||Deals with musculoskeletal issues.
Discusses treatment plans with patients.
Maintains patient medical records.
|Also Called:||Medical Doctor