Orthopedic surgeons are medical doctors who specialize in bone, muscle, and joint surgery. This includes corrective procedures, such as removing torn cartilage or replacing a joint.
Some orthopedic surgeons specialize in specific areas such as shoulder surgery, hand surgery, or joint replacement.
Orthopedic surgeons can be board-certified through the Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, which is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties.
Current as of: January 20, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:William H. Blahd Jr. MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine & Kenneth J. Koval MD - Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Trauma