Frequently Asked Questions
What is an orthopedic surgeon?
Orthopaedics is the medical specialty that focuses on injuries and diseases of your body’s musculoskeletal system, which includes your bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves. An orthopaedic surgeon, sometimes called an orthopaedist, is a medical doctor with extensive training in the proper diagnosis and treatment of injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system. Orthopaedic surgeons have completed up to 14 years of formal education, including five years of study in orthopaedic residency at a major medical center and one optional year of specialized education.
Am I a candidate for orthopedic surgery?
Before a treatment or rehabilitation protocol such as surgery can be established, your Tenet Florida Physician Services orthopaedist must first determine the reason for, and source of, your condition. This typically involves a comprehensive physical examination and a detailed medical history profile, in addition to a complete history and description of the symptoms related to your condition. During this initial gathering of information, be sure to notify your doctor of any other illnesses, injuries, or complaints that have been associated with the pain or condition, as well as any previous treatments or medications prescribed. Preliminary diagnostic tests may then follow, including blood tests and/or X-rays. In some cases, patients require further evaluation and may undergo a CT (computed tomography) scan, a bone scan or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging).
Once the evaluative information is collected and reviewed, your Tenet orthopaedist will discuss the treatment options with you in order to help you select the best treatment plan that promotes an active and functional life.
How will I pay for the procedure?
Orthopaedic surgery is usually covered by insurance, Medicaid and Medicare. If you and your Tenet Florida Physician Services doctor believe orthopaedic surgery is a good choice for you, the Tenet team will give you an estimate of what your out of pocket expenses may be.
What are the risks of surgery?
Any surgery has risk of complications. Some risks are specific to certain operations or injuries and others are present for most orthopedic operations. Some risks may include:
- Failure of the surgery
- Joint stiffness
- Blood clots
- Injury to nerves or blood vessels
These risks are rare. Your Tenet Florida Physician Services doctor will discuss with you any risks of your particular procedure.
How long will I be in the hospital?
Recovery time depends on the extent of the surgery and on the individual patient. Some surgeries, such as arthroscopic surgeries, are done on an outpatient basis, and patients are allowed to go home within hours after the surgery. Recovery for more complex surgeries, such as joint replacements, depends on the exact type of procedure performed but generally patients may return home within a few days.
What conditions does Tenet Florida Physician Services treat?
At Tenet Florida Physician Services, our orthopaedic surgeons treat a broad range of conditions, including:
- Back pain, ruptured discs, scoliosis, spinal stenosis
- Joint pain
- Congenital deformities
- Sports injuries
- Degenerative disc disease
- Spinal stenosis
- Bone cancer
- Fractures and dislocations
- Foot problems
Do I need a referral from my physician?
Usually, orthopaedic surgery patients are referred by a general or family physician.
How do I learn more about my procedure?
Your Tenet Florida Physician Services doctor will explain about your particular procedure. You can also learn about various procedures here.
How do I schedule an appointment?
If you would like to make an appointment to speak with a Tenet doctor about a particular orthopaedic procedure, call 1.866.654.2362