Sarasota Orthopedic Surgery Explained
Orthopedics is a medical specialty encompassing the musculoskeletal system: your bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and cartilage. Within the specialty of orthopedics are various subspecialties. These include, but are not limited to: major joint (hip and knee), spine, sports medicine, hand, foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow, musculoskeletal oncology, and trauma. Orthopedic surgeons treat conditions and injuries both surgically and without surgery.
Some of the subspecialties within orthopedics may overlap with other specialties. For example, orthopedic spine surgeons and neurosurgeons perform some of the same procedures, just as orthopedic foot and ankle surgeons and podiatrists may perform some of the same procedures. Because there is so much variety among orthopedic subspecialties (spine is very different from hand or knee), it is important to find a surgeon who specializes in your type of injury or condition to ensure that they have enough experience with your specific injury type for any procedure to be successful.
If you have constant pain in one or more joints, fell, got hurt playing sports, had an accident, or were injured at work, you may be wondering what an orthopedic surgeon does and whether one will be able to help you recover and return to your normal activities.
An orthopedic surgeon is an expert in the musculoskeletal system: the joints, bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. In addition to 4 years of college plus 4 years of medical school, they must complete an additional 5 years of residency, including 1 year of general surgery and another 4 years of orthopedic surgery. An orthopedic surgeon, depending on his or her subspecialty, may treat fractures, ACL tears, arthritis, osteoporosis, perform partial and total joint replacements, correct hammer toes and bunions, treat plantar fasciitis, and various other conditions and procedures related to the musculoskeletal system.
Choosing a surgery center or hospital is another important step in the process. Dr. Bennett has privileges at several area hospitals, allowing his patients greater flexibility, choice, and service. Consequently, Dr. Bennett is able to serve patients from near and far. Patients not only come from Sarasota, North Port, Englewood, Bradenton, Port Charlotte, Long Boat Key, Tampa, Sun City Center, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Ft Myers, and Naples to see Dr. Bennett- Dr. Bennett’s patients also travel from London, Ecuador, Canada, Pennsylvania, etc. for his internationally recognized expertise among shoulder surgeons.
Dr. Bennett’s nearly two decades of experience and focus have been on knees, shoulders, hips, and elbows. He is most widely and internationally recognized for his contributions (techniques and studies) related to shoulder injuries and knee injuries. Dr. Bennett’s other area of considerable contribution and experience is in regenerative medicine utilizing adult mesenchymal stem cells and platelet rich plasma (“PRP”). It is Dr. Bennett’s unique expertise in combining minimally invasive surgical techniques with adult bone-marrow derived stem cells and PRP that set him apart from all the non-surgeon practitioners. Dr. Bennett has the extensive training and credentials to determine whether surgical or non-surgical methods or a combination of both is most likely to successfully return you to your former activity level.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Bennett, call (941) 404-2703