All About Orthopaedics
Orthopaedic Surgery 101
What Is an Orthopaedic Surgeon??
Orthopaedic surgeons are doctors who care for injuries and diseases of your body's musculoskeletal system. They also help you rehabilitate after an injury, and prevent injury or slow the progression of disease. While orthopaedic surgeons are familiar with all aspects of the musculoskeletal system, many orthopaedic surgeons specialize in certain areas.
Finding the Right Orthopaedic Surgeon
Get tips on how to search for the right orthopaedic surgeon, including important questions to answer before scheduling your first appointment.
What Is FAAOS?
Look for the FAAOS designation after a doctor's name to help ensure that you choose a reputable and skilled orthopaedic surgeon.
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What Is a Pediatric Surgeon?
A pediatric orthopaedist is the best-trained doctor to treat bone, joint, or muscle problems in a child who is still growing. This includes newborn babies through teenagers.
What Is a Hand Surgeon?
A hand surgeon cares for problems of the hand, wrist, and forearm. Treatment from an orthopaedic hand specialist can include surgery, but often doesn't.
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A Day In the Life of an Orthopaedic Surgeon
Preparing for Your Doctor's Appointment
Your Visit With an Orthopaedic Surgeon
Learn how to prepare for your initial appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon and what to expect during the visit, including common treatments your surgeon may recommend.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor Before Surgery
Your doctor and healthcare team will provide you with information to help you prepare for surgery. But don’t hesitate to ask questions if you have concerns or just want more details.
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Getting the Most Out of Your Doctor's Visit
Planning ahead for your visit with an orthopaedic surgeon can help you get the most out of the meeting — and being active in your care can help you get better results.
Find an FAAOS-Designated Surgeon
The AAOS physician directory allows you to search for orthopaedic surgeons by name, specialty, and location. Our directory is the easiest way to find orthopaedic surgeons who have achieved the distinction of Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (FAAOS).