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Orthopedic surgery


Your bones and muscles form the framework of your body. An orthopedic surgeon is a doctor who uses medical, surgical and physical means to preserve and restore this framework.

Orthopedic surgeons treat these problems in the arms, feet, hands, legs, joints or the spine:

They care for children and adults whose musculoskeletal problems began at birth or developed later in life.




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Source: American Board of Medical Specialties; American Medical Association; Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Lexicon: Dictionary of Health Care Terms, Organizations and Acronyms for the Era of Reform, 1994

First published: 08/01/2004
Last updated: 11/06/2012

Reviewed by: Steven Bergeson, MD, medical director of quality, Allina Health clinics; J Richard Sheely, MD, medical director, Allina Health clinics