An orthopedic surgeon is called upon to treat patients suffering from the most serious and often life-threatening types of injuries. An orthopedic trauma surgeon treats traumatic injuries that affect a person’s bones or joints and may also treat muscles and cartilage.

In many cases, this type of surgeon treats patients who have been injured in car accidents, falls, and other types of accidental injuries. Orthopedic surgeons may also treat those who have suffered injuries as a result of physical attacks.

As a potential patient, what are the most important elements you have to look at when first entering the emergency room?

It’s sometimes overlooked, but all of those doctors and nurses work as part of a team. If you’re calling 911 or if you’re entering the doors of an ER, there are several different layers of medical professionals that are working together to make sure your health is taken care of.

You’ll likely see an orthopedic surgeon more frequently after a surgery to follow up with post-surgery appointments and physical therapy.

Are there any new approaches to orthopedic surgery?

Orthopedic surgeons are always looking for better ways to heal the patient and advance recovery at a much quicker pace, all while still maintaining optimal health.

What are some of the challenges an orthopedic surgeon faces on a daily basis?

Jan Paul Szatkowski, MD, shares what it’s like being an orthopedic trauma surgeon at Cook County Hospital. Dr. Szatkowski also discusses some of the advancements in orthopedic surgery.

Original Air Date: May 19, 2014
Organization: Illinois Bone and Joint Institute
Host: Melanie Cole, MS

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