iStock_000004019422SmallOrthopedic surgery or orthopedics is the branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons use both surgical and nonsurgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders.

Many orthopedic surgeons elect to do further training, or fellowships, after completing their residency training. Examples of specialties are hand surgery, shoulder and elbow surgery, total joint reconstruction and musculoskeletal oncology.

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