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Do you recommend being a orthopedic surgeon?


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Sheila’s Answer

Hello Daniela:

Woow. . . This is a very timely question. Simply because right now, this summer, I'm recovering from orthopaedic surgery. My Orthopaedic Surgeon is AWESOME! He's extremely personable and friendly; and the Physical Therapists are the greatest.

Orthopaedic surgeons are devoted to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles.

Orthopaedic surgeons explore nonsurgical options first, such as pain medication or rehabilitation. They also have the expertise to perform surgery to repair an injury or correct a condition, if necessary.

Musculoskeletal pain is the number one reason why people visit their doctors each year.

Many people know that Orthopaedic surgeons treat broken bones, and replace painful joints. Orthopaedic surgeons also treat patients for these problems:

Sports injuries
Back pain, ruptured disks and spinal stenosis
Bone tumors
Carpal tunnel, hand arthritis and hand injuries
Club foot, bow legs and hip dysplasia
Orthopaedic trauma
Limb lengthening
Achilles tendon injuries, bunions and foot and ankle injuries
Osteoporosis
Arthritis

Most physicians and surgeons work full time. Many physicians and surgeons work long, irregular, and overnight hours. Physicians and surgeons may travel between their offices and hospitals to care for their patients. While on call, a physician may need to address a patient’s concerns over the phone or make an emergency visit to a hospital or nursing home.

Orthopaedic surgeons are medical doctors who have completed a total of approximately 14 years of formal education. Board-certified orthopaedic surgeons must maintain their certification with continuous, life-long learning and demonstrating their expertise on a regular basis via an oral or written examination.

Good luck to you on your journey.

~ Sheila

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

Research - Orthopaedic Surgeons: https://www7.aaos.org/member/directory/definition.htm
Research How to become a Physician or Surgeon: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physicians-and-surgeons.htm#tab-4

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Craig’s Answer

This is a wonderful career, ultimately you will be giving help and life quality to many, I can't imagine more of a satisfying life you could have.
Good luck

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