Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an Orthopedic Surgeon?
An Orthopedic Surgeon is a medical doctor who specializes in the treatment of the musculoskeletal system. This system includes bones, joints, muscles, and any related painful conditions. Orthopedic surgeons perform numerous types of surgeries. Common procedures include:
Arthroscopy
A procedure using special cameras and equipment to visualize, diagnose and treat problems inside a joint.
Fusion
A"welding" process by which bones are fused together with bone grafts and internal devices (such as metal rods) to heal into a single solid bone.
Internal Fixation
A method to hold the broken pieces of bone in proper position with metal plates, pins or screws while the bone is healing.
Joint Replacement (partial, total and revision) --
When an arthritic or damaged joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint called a prosthesis.
Osteotomy
The correction of bone deformity by cutting and repositioning the bone.
Soft tissue repair
The mending of soft tissue, such as torn tendons or ligaments.

Where do the Ryu Hurvitz Orthopedic Clinic surgeons do surgery?
Our surgeons have privileges at all Santa Barbara Hospitals. They also operate at the Summit and Premier surgery centers for outpatient procedures enabling them to provide a first class experience for the patients they care for.

When can I go back to work? How much time will I need to take off?
This will depend greatly on the type of surgery required and the type of work that you do. Please feel free to ask questions such as these of your surgeon so he can give you the individualized answers and care that you need.

How should I dress for my appointment?
Dress comfortably. However, for your physical examination, there are things you can do that are very helpful. For example, if you are having your neck or shoulder evaluated, it is best to wear garments such as a "tank-top" to allow the doctor to best visualize and perform a physical exam of the shoulder. Likewise, if your issue is with the knee or hip area, wearing or bringing loose fitting shorts to your appointment facilitates the doctor's physical exam.