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The Top 3 Newest Advances In Orthopedic Surgery You Need To Know

The concept of diagnosis and treatment of joint diseases.Orthopedic surgery is a branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal system. Medical technology has enabled significant advances in orthopedic surgery in recent years. Here are the 3 most recent advances that you should be aware of:

Cartilage regeneration

Cartilage is a connective tissue found in various body parts, including the joints. It is a strong and resilient tissue that helps to protect the bones and allows for smooth movement of the joints. Orthopedic surgery is a medical specialty that deals with diagnosing and treating disorders of the bones, joints, and muscles.

One of the most common orthopedic surgeries is joint replacement, which involves removing damaged cartilage and replacing it with a synthetic material. In recent years, there has been growing interest in regenerating cartilage instead of replacing it. This is because cartilage regeneration offers the potential to restore the tissue to its original state rather than simply replacing it with a man-made material.

Bone graft substitutes

Many types of bone graft substitutes are available, each with its advantages and disadvantages. Choosing one type over another is typically made by the surgeon based on the procedure involved.

Some of the more common types of bone graft substitutes include:

Autologous bone: This is bone taken from the patient’s own body. The advantage of using autologous bone is that there is no risk of rejection or disease transmission. The disadvantage is that a second surgical site is required to harvest the bone.

Allograft bone: This is bone taken from a donor. The advantage of using allograft bone is that it is readily available. The disadvantage is that there is a risk of rejection or disease transmission.

Synthetic bone: This is bone that is created in a laboratory. The advantage of using synthetic bone is that there is no risk of rejection or disease transmission. The disadvantage is that it may not be as strong as natural bone.

Minimally invasive surgery

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) is a new and rapidly evolving field in orthopedic surgery. The use of MIS has revolutionized the way we treat orthopedic conditions. MIS uses smaller incisions and disrupts fewer muscles. Consequently, there is less pain, a shorter recovery period, and a quicker return to normal activity levels.

MIS is not appropriate for all patients or all conditions. However, the benefits can be significant for patients who are good candidates for MIS. If you are considering orthopedic surgery, be sure to ask your surgeon if MIS is an option for you.

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Pain and suffering can result from orthopedic conditions. Consider Redwood Orthopaedic Surgery Associates if you require orthopedic surgery. Please call 707-544-3400 to reach us in Santa Rosa, CA.

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