If you suffer a musculoskeletal injury or you develop a degenerative disease like arthritis, and it doesn’t respond to conservative methods of treatment like physical therapy or medication, you may need orthopedic surgery. At Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Coppell and Frisco, Texas, board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, Jason Petrasic, MD, and the team regularly perform orthopedic surgery using effective, minimally-invasive means. To request your orthopedic surgery consultation, call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool today.
Orthopedic surgery is a type of surgery designed to treat injuries and diseases that affect your musculoskeletal system. Most orthopedic conditions respond well to conservative, noninvasive measures of care. However, if your symptoms persist, get worse, or negatively interfere with your ability to work or perform other routine tasks, surgery may be necessary.
There are many different types of orthopedic surgery. Dr. Petrasic and the team at Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine regularly perform:
Orthopedic surgery also involves the repair of soft tissue injuries. Dr. Petrasic regularly performs surgery to treat torn ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
Arthroscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that involves a thin tube with a camera on the end called an arthroscope. Arthroscopy uses much smaller incisions than traditional open surgery and boasts quicker recovery times and a lower risk of complications.
During arthroscopic surgery, Dr. Petrasic makes a small incision near your affected joint, muscle, or bone. Next, he carefully pushes the arthroscope through the incision. The camera at the end of the arthroscope sends images back to a monitor that Dr. Petrasic uses to repair your injury.
To determine if you’re a candidate for arthroscopic surgery, make an appointment at Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Following a review of your medical history, discussion of your symptoms, and physical exam, Dr. Petrasic can make recommendations that align with your needs. Whenever possible, Dr. Petrasic recommends conservative treatments like rehabilitation and physical medicine. However, if your symptoms persist or get worse, you may benefit from orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Petrasic usually performs orthopedic surgery as an outpatient procedure. Following your operation, you’ll need a friend or family member to drive you home because you’ll still be under some of the effects of anesthesia. Dr. Petrasic writes you a prescription for antibiotics and pain medicine. Take your medications as prescribed and make sure to attend all of your physical medicine and rehabilitation appointments.
It’s perfectly normal to feel sore, stiff, and generally uncomfortable in the first few weeks following surgery. However, your symptoms will improve over time. Stick to your treatment regimen, and push through the pain. Recovery takes dedication and patience.
To learn more about treatment with orthopedic surgery, make an appointment at Star Orthopedics and Sports Medicine by calling the office nearest you or by clicking the online booking tool today.