Orthopaedic surgery includes the medical and surgical management of injuries and diseases of bone and joints. The orthopaedic surgeons' spectrum includes diseases of the neck and goes all the way down to the toes. Orthopaedic surgeons on staff at the University of Miami Hospital's Orthopaedic Institute are highly talented and trained specialists that utilize the most advances diagnostic and treatment techniques to improve the quality of life of patients. This team of physicians is multi-lingual and multi-cultural and offers a broad range of clinical expertise.
These physicians have spent four years of pre-medical studies, four years of medical school, one year of internship, four to five years of residency and an additional year of fellowship. For the most part, the fellowship trained specialists at the orthopaedic institute include doctors specialized specifically in joint replacement surgery, tumor surgery, spine surgery, shoulder surgery and trauma surgery. These specialized physicians treat fractures, as well as chronic diseases with the latest technology.
Under the direction of these attending surgeons, nurses and physical therapists work closely to deliver the highest quality in orthopaedic care. Patient-to-nurse ratios are the lowest in the city. Physical therapists regularly attend continuing medical education classes that the hospital provides in conjunction with the surgeons.
The institute strives to maintain the highest excellence delivery of orthopedic care.
Among the highly specialized areas they represent are joint revision, including infected or failed implants or otherwise difficult cases; orthopedic oncology including reconstructive cancers and wound care, debridement, particularly important for diabetes care.
- Setting and repair of simple, compound and complex fractures
- Prosthetic implants to replace joints, including shoulder, elbow, knee, hip, wrist
- Revision of implants to correct deterioration in previously replaced joints
- Bone transplantation
- Cancerous tumor removal
- Reconstructive surgery
- Wound care, particularly foot conditions in diabetics which, left untreated, may lead to amputation
- Arthroscopic surgery in which flexible tubing containing video viewing devices and surgical instruments are inserted through small incisions to perform such procedures as removal of loose bone fragments or repair of cartilage
- Autologous Chrondrocyte Implant (ACI) Knee Cartilage implants (New surgical procedure)
- Spine surgery for all spinal disorders, disc degeneration and spinal stenosis
- Expertise in chemonucleolysis
- Musculosketal Oncology and Transplantation, limb salvaging reconstruction of massive bone and joint allografts or customized metal prostheses
- Arthritis of hip, knee, shoulder, ankle
- Bone and soft tissue tumors
- Repairs of damaged joints or cartilage meniscus and tendons
Under the direction of the attending physician, nurses work closely with physical and occupational therapy staff. Physical therapy may be prescribed as often as twice a day, including weekends, accelerating a patient's recovery. Schedules are closely monitored and patients are appropriately prepared with a medication to help them receive optimum value from their therapy. A full range of professional therapy programs are also available including speech and language therapy and biofeedback treatment