Dr. Vaccaro has been trained in two medical specialties.
Orthopedic spine surgery is a highly specialized field of orthopedic surgery that encompasses the surgical and non-surgical treatment of injuries and/or disorders affecting the spine. Although many diseases or disorders affecting the spine may be treated with conservative management of the condition, this is not always the case. Spine surgeons may often work in conjunction with a multidisciplinary team when providing care, coordinating with specialists such as radiologists, oncologists, internists, and physical medicine physicians to ensure a healthy surgery and rehabilitation.
These physicians are trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of spinal injuries, whether they be congenital disorders, tumors, degenerative disorders, traumatic injuries, growths, herniated discs, spinal nerve problems or otherwise. Procedures performed by orthopedic spine surgeons may include spinal fusion to correct scoliosis, lumbar decompression, lumbar disc replacement, discectomy & endoscopic microdiscectomy and laminectomy operations, among other procedures.
Depending upon the diagnosis, specific patient’s condition and skill of the orthopedic spine surgeon, varying surgical techniques may be utilized. Traditional spine surgery (sometimes referred to as open back surgery) requires the surgeon to create a 5 to 6 inch incision in the patients back before moving muscle and tissue away from the spine in order to begin operating. Surgeries like these will cause substantial post-operative pain, and may take the patient up to a year to fully recover. Other, minimally-invasive operations require a much smaller incision and less manipulation of the muscle and tissues of the back. For obvious reasons, post-operative pain of minimally invasive surgery and recovery time is not as significant and lengthy.
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Orthopedic surgery is a medical specialty focused on the repair of any part of the musculoskeletal system. Although the name identifies the specialty as being surgical, not all procedures performed by orthopedic surgeons involve actual surgical procedures or operations. Because the musculoskeletal system is comprised of the muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and bones, there are many different complications and injuries that an orthopedic surgeon may treat.
Orthopedic surgeons may be consulted after a patient has received an injury resulting from spine disorders, hip disorders, musculoskeletal tumors, sports injuries, hand and arm disorders, foot and ankle disorders, limb deformities, congenital disorders and cerebral palsy, among many others. Some of the most common procedures performed by orthopedic surgeons include knee arthroscopy, shoulder arthroscopy, carpal tunnel release, removal of support implants, hip replacement, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and repair of the rotator cuff tendon, among many others.
Orthopedic surgeons not only operate on and treat patients, but they are also often involved in diagnostic procedures and related care. When crafting a treatment plan, either surgical or non-surgical, orthopedic surgeons must take into account any impending side effects of the procedure, as well as the time and effort of rehabilitation therapy that will need to take place, among other factors. Orthopedic surgeons are also trained to educate patients on the prevention of injury and the treatment they are receiving, as well as any diet and lifestyle changes that may be able to assist in recovery or the prevention of further injury.
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