Orthopaedic Surgery

People who need Orthopedic Surgery need an experienced surgeon they can trust. The team at First Choice Medical Group in Melbourne, FL, specializes in Orthopedic Surgery, Neurology, and Sports Medicine, and they are here to help.

Orthopaedic Surgery Q & A

What Does an Orthopaedic Surgeon Do?

An orthopaedic surgeon is a physician who has extensive education in the areas of diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal system diseases, disorders, and injuries. The orthopaedic surgeon treats many parts of the body, from the hands to the feet and many areas in between. They often perform surgeries or provide treatments for the spine, the knees, the hips, the shoulders, and much more.

What Are the Common Orthopaedic Surgeries?

There are a number of different orthopaedic surgeries that are commonly performed today. These include rotator cuff repair, joint replacement surgery, arthroscopic knee surgery, shoulder replacements, knee replacements, and much more.

How Are Arthroscopic and Open Surgery Different?

Arthroscopic surgery has become one of the most frequently performed types of orthopaedic surgery. In this type of surgery, a miniaturized camera and surgical instruments are placed in very small incisions around the patient's joint. The camera sends pictures to a monitor where the surgeon has a highly detailed view of the joint area. Arthroscopic surgery is used for diagnosis as well as surgical repair today. It is the least invasive form of orthopaedic surgery available due to the small incisions. Smaller incisions mean reduced healing time and less pain for the patient in most cases. Open surgery is a more complex type of surgery that is reserved for situations in which a larger incision is required to access the area that needs replacement or repair. The orthopaedic surgeon will evaluate each patient on an individual basis to determine which type of surgery will most accurately address the individual’s injury or disease.

How Long is Recovery From Orthopaedic Surgery?

This varies quite widely depending on the specific surgery performed, as well as the individual patient. Most orthopaedic surgery procedures are performed in the hospital and will require a short hospital stay. Recovery is largely done at home for many people. By following the recovery guidelines of the orthopaedic surgeon, recovery will be as easy and problem free as possible.



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    "There are many orthopedic doctors in Brevard county & Dr. Lombardo is the very best one w/ out a doubt. He is very sports oriented & thus has a great deal of knowledge."

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  • "I underwent bilateral knee replacement and could not be happier with the results. I am feeling great. I recovered faster than I though I would. I love Dr. Lombardo."

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    "I would recommend him to anyone. He has a wonderful bedside manner and is an amazing surgeon."

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    "Dr. Vliegenthart saved my left arm back in 1988. He corrected a botched surgery that almost cost me use and or loss of."

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    "Listened to all of my concerns and is working with me to avoid surgery. I definitely found the right doctor for me."

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    "Dr. Harrison has done both my should surgeries and I can't say enough good things about him. He helped ease my mind and my recovery was incredible."

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    "HE did the surgery with a plate and 9 screws. I had my follow up care...and the surgeons were impressed with his work. I recovered well enough to be back on the job"

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    "By week three, no pain at all. I don't know how that was even possible, but all I can say is Dr. Harrison is my HERO!"

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    "He operated on my husband and now he is up and moving again. His assistant Brittney is adorable she is so sweet and helpful great staff all around."

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    "Excellent orthopedic doctor . I had a full knee replacement and could not be more pleased with the results .Thrilled he is back in the area."

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    "Dr. Sands is an awesome Dr. He is very nice, he explains everything, listened to my concerns & took plenty of time for me."

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