Singapore's Best Orthopaedic Doctors
An orthopaedic surgeon is a specialist who uses both surgical and non-surgical means to treat conditions relating to the musculoskeletal system such as spine diseases, congenital disorders, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, and tumors.
Finding qualified orthopaedic surgeons like us is an important milestone in achieving an excellent outcome for an orthopaedic procedure.
Orthopedics means a type of surgery that is used by specialist doctors, known as orthopedists or orthopedic surgeons, to correct or treat a wide range of deformities with the human bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and spine (known as the musculoskeletal system).
The term orthopedics was originally coined in the year 1741 AD by a French doctor named Nicolas Andry, from two Greek words meaning "Straight" and "child." M. Andry wrote a book explaining then-current techniques for correcting or straightening bone problems in children. Although modern orthopedic surgery involves working with adults as well as children, Andry's Greek-inspired name referencing children has stuck around in most European languages, including English.
Your initial consultation with our surgeons is a perfect opportunity to ask plenty of questions about our surgeon’s qualification and experience. At this point you should discuss your post-surgical expectations thoroughly since you would naturally want to go back to your normal lifestyle as soon as possible after surgery.
The branch of orthopedics is a wide and varied branch of medical science that deals with the form and function of the musculoskeletal system in human beings. There is a myriad of illnesses which fall under the umbrella of treatments offered by orthopedic medicine. These can include bone replacements such as hip or knee replacements, muscle or ligament tears, broken or fractured bones, or more serious musculoskeletal conditions.
In some situations, surgery may be the best option. It may even be the only option. Though it can be difficult to determine when surgery is a good option and when it is better to rely on non-invasive techniques.
Modern Orthopaedics in Singapore
Modern orthopedics (also spelled 'orthopaedics' in English-speaking countries outside the United States) involves some procedures utilizing technological advances, such as a miniature camera known as an 'arthroscopy' that can be inserted into a joint to give the orthopedist the most accurate possible picture of its condition. This method has proved to be far more effective in treating most orthopedic problems than the more traditional ones.
What causes Orthopaedic Problems?
Orthopaedic problems can result from a variety of causes. Some of these can be hereditary, occurring from birth; others can result from injuries, with a large number of treatments being for sports-related injuries, while still others are the natural effect of the human aging process, such as arthritis. They can also be categorized as either acute (generally including injuries) or chronic (usually the case with age-related symptoms).
Benefits of seeing the specialists at Experts Orthopaedics SG
Many orthopedic surgeons will specialize in a certain area of treatment for orthopedic conditions, for example, a shoulder or hip specialist. Common treatments include arthroscopic surgery, involving the use of an arthroscope; arthroplasty, or joint replacement; bone grafting; fasciotomy, or tissue cutting; repair of fractured bones; and orthopedic traction, sometimes involving the use of a brace.
Orthopedics can be used to treat a huge number of different problems, such as broken or dislocated bones, sprains, strained muscles, and arthritis. It is commonly performed with the use of anesthetics to alleviate pain on the part of the patient; anesthesia can be local, regional, or general. In many cases, an orthopedic surgeon will use prosthetic devices inside the body to hold bones in their correct place for proper healing; this can include steel plates, pins, rods, bolts, screws, and wires, etc. Constant improvements in technology have enabled the development of improved artificial limbs and other materials, and these are expected to further improve in quality in coming years.
I got referred to your clinic by another doctor
It is often a family physician or general practitioner who refers the patient to an orthopaedic specialist like us. The orthopaedist will tend to operate out of a specific hospital, medical center, trauma center, or private office, and will have a surgical team including nurses and anesthesiologists. Once there, the patient can expect to undergo a series of tests to determine how to proceed with treatment. This might include x-rays, CT scans, MRI scans, myelography, and blood tests. Surgical treatment also typically includes a lengthy period of aftercare or rehabilitation, which involves some form of physical therapy.
Typical Costs of Orthopaedic Treatments
The cost that a patient incurs for an orthopaedic surgery may vary depending on the type of injury the patient has. Some surgery procedures may be more involving and difficult to perform than others. If the patient is suffering from a serious injury and is required to spend the night at the hospital, that requires an inpatient surgery which costs around $25000 to $30000 as compared to an outpatient who is required to pay about $15000 to $20000. If during the surgery the patient requires a general or local anesthesia, then an additional cost of about $2000 to $4000 may be incurred.
Consultation is very important to better estimate cost
We recommend the patients consult us first or other esteemed doctors and surgeons in this field to get the accurate cost amount they are supposed to pay. Some may have health insurances like Medicare or Medicaid that automatically assist with some of these expenses, for example, the consultation fees. Without the health benefits then a fee of $100 to $500 is required for consultation. We do offer patients with the option of including this amount in their total cost of the whole surgical procedure.
Surgeons offer different levels of expertise depending on their experience and skills. A surgeon affiliated with a high-level health center is certainly more expensive than a local surgeon. The choice of surgeon will greatly determine the amount that the patient has to pay.
Other Costs you might expect
The pre-surgery diagnosis required could contribute to extra costs. For instance, if a patient has a broken leg, then an X-ray is required to determine whether the patient requires a surgical or non-surgical treatment. NewChoicehealth.com estimates the X-ray to be around $180 on average. In some instances, therapy may be necessary for the patients before or after the surgery to help them heal or prepare. The patient pays a cost of $50 to $75 per session, so the total amount depends on the number of sessions required to heal fully.
We recommend that you do not just rely on cost when choosing a great orthopaedic. Treatment and recovery is paramount in your current situation, and the earlier you can go back to normal life the better off you will be.