Orthopedic surgery

Orthopedic surgery

Orthopaedic treatment abroad can help you to identify specialist centres overseas. Orthopedic surgery, or simply orthopedics, is the branch of medicine that focuses on the prevention or correction of injuries, disorders and conditions of the skeletal system and the associated muscles, joints, nerves and ligaments.

Orthopedic surgeons use both surgical and non-surgical methods to treat conditions such as musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumours and congenital conditions. Orthopedics can assist in the treatment of broken bones, as well as cerebral palsy, osteoarthritis and scoliosis.

Common orthopedic surgery procedures

Orthopedics includes a wide number of procedures in the realm of hand, foot, ankle, knee, hip, spine and shoulder surgery. The most common procedures for orthopedic surgery are:

  • knee arthroscopy
  • meniscectomy
  • chondroplasty
  • repair of both menisci and anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
  • knee replacements
  • shoulder arthroscopy
  • decompression
  • debridement and distal clavicle excision
  • carpel tunnel release
  • removal of support implant
  • repairs of femoral neck and trochanteric fractures
  • debridement of skin/muscle/bone/fracture
  • hip replacement
  • rotator cuff repair
  • repair of bone fractures [most common are the radius, ankle (bimalleolar), fibular, trochanteric and femur]
  • laminectomy
  • lumbar spinal fusion and intervertebral disc surgery


Orthopedic surgery is a very common treatment area, for a full list of available destinations please refer to the search box to the right.

Useful links

Find more in-depth information on orthopedic surgery at:

British Orthopaedic Association -

Orthopaedic Connection -

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Page last updated: Monday, 23rd November 2009