General Orthopedic Treatment
GDO surgeons also have a large general orthopedic practice. Our surgeons are able to diagnose and treat hip, knee, shoulder, and elbow pain. In addition, our surgeons evaluate fractures, injuries, lacerations, cuts, swelling, and all other musculoskeletal complaints. GDO doctors manage thousands of patients with arthritis and strive to provide non-surgical care (therapy, injections, medications) when possible. If joint replacement is necessary, our surgeons use proven, effective techniques to restore function as quickly as possible.
What do orthopedic surgeons do?
The orthopedic surgeons at Greater Dallas Orthopaedics manage many problems within the musculoskeletal system. Upon diagnosis, our surgeons are able to prescribe customized non-surgical or surgical treatment to best benefit the patient. They often recommend physical therapy and medications to slow the progression of disease or lessen the chances of further injury.
At Greater Dallas Orthopaedics, we are able to offer hip, knee, shoulder, and elbow replacements. These procedures are recommended if non-surgical alternatives are no longer providing effective pain relief. Joint replacements often come with benefits and limitations and require some degree of rehabilitation. In addition, joint replacements are effective procedures that relieve pain and correct deformity. Shoulder and elbow replacements also are able to restore normal function to the affected areas.
Outpatient Joint Replacements
Due to advances in surgical techniques, anesthesia, and physical therapy, we are able to offer knee and shoulder replacements that are performed as day surgery. This procedure has a shorter recovery period, an increased range of motion after surgery, and minimal damage to the surrounding tissues. This procedure is not for everyone and careful selection criteria are followed to ensure maximum safety. Patients still have the ability to stay in the hospital if necessary or if pain is not controlled adequately.
Are there things I can do to keep my bones strong?
Your bones are the key to long-term health; however, problems such as osteoporosis and lack of exercise can lead to bone loss that may severely impact your quality of life in your older years.
To prevent or slow bone damage, we recommend adequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D. We also encourage patients to opt for weight-bearing exercise and to avoid or limit smoking and drinking.