ABOUT ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY
Orthopedics is the study of human bones. It deals with identifying the problems and care of the human bones. There are subspecialists of orthopedic doctors like dental orthopedics. Orthopedic surgery, however, deals with the correction and treatment of the bones through surgery. Such surgeries involve correction of congenital disorders like deformed femurs (leg bones) or even dental orthopedic surgery like surgically removing impacted teeth. This branch of medicine also involves other medical concerns that bones may directly affect like the bloodstream and the nerves. Therefore, it is within reason to consider the benefits along with the risks of undergoing orthopedic surgery.
When met by a daunting course of treatment such as orthopedic surgery, prior to surgery, it is best to obtain a second opinion from another medical professional. In addition, the number of second opinions in regards to orthopedic surgery has increased within the past couple decades. Patients always stand to benefit from a second pair of eyes. It is of significant value to engage a diverse set of opinions on a medical condition and treatment plan, especially when it involves orthopedic surgery.
In a recent study regarding patients’ motives for obtaining a second medical opinion, it was determined that approximately 30 percent of orthopedic surgical patients had sought a second opinion. Their concerns did not stem from any incompetence displayed on the part of their original specialist, however a level of dissatisfaction was present due to an insufficient exchange of information and/or communication about their medical condition/treatment plan.
That being the case, if you are at all concerned with undergoing a surgical procedure or want to find out more about your condition from an alternative perspective, a second opinion is highly recommended.
“At the age of 76 and always quite healthy, I developed severe pain in my foot and ankle. Finally, after hobbling around for a few months, I saw an orthopedic surgeon who told me I had a torn patellar tendon (PTTD). Surgery was recommended to incorporate a different tendon and also to fix the cause - my flat feet (which I was born with). I would need to be off my feet for a number of weeks, then physical therapy. I was shocked. Since I am caring for my 83 year old husband who has Alzheimer’s, I couldn't believe this was happening. The pain didn't seem to be too bad, especially if I stayed off my feet. I was very concerned about being unable to continue to care for my husband, also about the pain, side effects, etc. of surgery and also whether the surgery would actually help me. I really wanted another opinion. The result was that my SecondOpinions.com radiologist provided the exact same diagnosis as my local orthopedic surgeon. Thank you SecondOpinions.com for being there - you provided me with the peace of mind I really needed.” Jane G., Northfield, MN
Cyril Raben, M.D.
Independent Medical Evaluators
University of Kansas Kansas City, Kansas
Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children Erie, Pennsylvania
Texas Back Institute Dallas, Texas
Cyril Anthony Raben MD trained in residency with an emphasis in pediatric spinal surgery through the Shriners Hospital System in Erie Pennsylvania with an emphasis in the then innovative procedure of Cotrell Duboset instrumentation. Texas Back Institute helped round out the adult piece of his spinal focus allowing the launch of 23 years of experience in spinal surgery. Despite this sub specialization the general orthopedic program at Hamot produced a well rounded general orthopedic background as well especially as it interfaced with adult and pediatric spinal problems. Scoring well on the last maintainence of certification exam for orthopedic surgery suggests usefulness in both spinal surgery and general orthopedics.
Hajeer Sabet, M.D., M.S.
State University of New York College of Medicine
State University of New York Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Spine Surgery - Rush University in Chicago, IL
Hajeer Sabet, MD, is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon with a comprehensive spine practice that spans the entire gamut of spinal disorders from cervical (neck) spine to scoliosis in both the adult and pediatric population. He graduated from the George Mason University with a bachelors in Biology and from Johns Hopkins with a masters degrees in Biotechnology. He received his doctor of medicine degree from State University of New York College of Medicine, where he stayed and continued his orthopaedic residency. He received speccialized fellowship training in spine surgery at the world renowned Rush University in Chicago, IL.
James Macon, III, MD
American Board of Neurological Surgery
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA - Neurosurgery Residency
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, National Institute of Neurological
Disorders and Stroke, Clinical Associate in Neurophysiology
Spine Surgery / Neurological Surgery
Dr. Macon graduated from Princeton University with High Honors in chemistry. He then performed research in neurochemistry abroad as a Fulbright Scholar at the College de France in Paris. He received his MD with Honors at the Harvard Medical School where he specialized in neurophysiology. He completed a surgical internship at Stanford University Medical School. He then did a research fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at the National Institutes of Health. He has completed a residency in neurological surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is board certified in neurological surgery and has been an examiner for the oral board exam.
Since completing his training he has been in private practice of neurosurgery for over 30 years specializing in spinal surgery and chronic spinal pain. Dr. Macon is uniquely qualified to provide a second opinion about the necessity of your planned spinal surgery or to explain alternative diagnostic studies or therapy that may be appropriate before surgery is considered. Evaluation of all completed neurosurgical consultation reports and spinal imaging studies including MR scans is required prior to rendering a second opinion on spinal surgery.
* Fellow American College of Surgeons
Michael Rohan, DO
Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Spine Surgery - Texas Back Institute in Plano, Texas
Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Dr. Michael X. Rohan, Jr., is a fourth generation physician and a third generation orthopedic surgeon. He was born and raised in Panama City, Florida. He has been in private, orthopedic spine surgery practice since 2007.
Dr. Rohan attended Bay High School in Panama City. He then went on to the University of Florida and obtained an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His medical training was at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He then completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. This was followed by a spine surgery fellowship at the world-renowned Texas Back Institute in Plano, Texas. This is where he was exposed to the latest innovations in spine surgery including minimally invasive surgery, motion preservation surgery, and artificial disk replacement.
Dr. Rohan specializes in adult spinal disorders including degenerative disease, deformity, and trauma. He surgically treats problems in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. Dr. Rohan is a board certified, fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon and is a member of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics. He has also participated in spine surgery research projects and has published his results in the annual meeting of the North American Spine Society.
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