Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Surgery Expert Witness

Orthopedic Surgeon studying hip X-RayAn Orthopedic Surgery expert witness is an Orthopedic Surgeon who testifies on diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disease, malformation, and trauma. Orthopedic Surgery (commonly spelled “Orthopaedic,” particularly in academia) is the field of surgery dealing with the surgical treatment of disease and injury of the musculoskeletal system. Orthopaedic Surgeons complete a five year residency program often followed by sub-specialization in a specific branch of Orthopedic Surgery, such as Hand Surgery, Total Joint Reconstruction (i.e. arthroplasty), Pediatric Orthopedics, Foot and Ankle Surgery, Spine Surgery, Surgical Sports Medicine, or Trauma. Board certification in Orthopedic Surgery is by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Common procedures in Orthopedic Surgery include arthroscopic surgery upon the knee and shoulder, joint replacement surgery (predominantly upon the hip and knee), carpal tunnel release, and fixation of various fractures most often involving the wrist, humerus, clavicle, tibia, and hip.

Although Orthopedic Surgeons treat musculoskeletal sports-related injuries that require surgery, Sports Medicine Physicians specialize in the non-operative management of sports-related injuries and in the treatment of sports conditions beyond the musculoskeletal system. Common conditions related to Sports Medicine include concussions, fatigue, muscle strains, and exercise-induced asthma.

Litigation in Orthopedic Surgery typically stems from poor surgical outcomes resulting in loss of function, and a carefully selected Orthopedic Surgery expert witness can typically address breach and causation.  This may occur as a result of surgical technique, infection, or other complicating factors. Delayed treatment of “compartment syndrome” (a limb-threatening elevation in extremity pressure) is another area of risk for practicing Orthopedists.

Orthopedic Surgery Case Matter

From the treatment of routine fractures to the most complex procedures in the field, Elite Medical Experts aligns Orthopedic Surgery expert witnesses to review all aspects of Orthopedic Surgery litigation and consultation, including:

  • Hand, shoulder, and elbow surgery
  • Total joint reconstruction (arthroplasty)
  • Pediatric orthopedics
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Spine surgery
  • Musculoskeletal oncology
  • Surgical sports medicine
  • Orthopedic trauma
  • Knee arthroscopy, meniscectomy, and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Hip and knee joint replacement
  • Bone fractures such as femoral neck (hip), radius, ulna, ankle, and tibial plateau
  • Debridement of skin, muscle, and bone
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Lumbar laminectomy

Given the complex issues involved in Orthopedic Surgery, an experienced Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgery expert from a top university medical center is an invaluable asset for challenging assignments. To secure a hand-selected Orthopedic Surgery expert witness who is ready to work with you, please contact Elite Medical Experts and speak with a physician or nurse on Elite’s experienced Case Strategy Team today.

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Dr. Burton Bentley II, the CEO of Elite Medical Experts, is a nationally renowned authority on medical liability, informed consent, and complex issues at the intersections of medicine, law, and business. As a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician and entrepreneur, Dr. Bentley founded Elite Medical Experts in 2010 while overseeing nearly a decade of year-over-year growth. Dr. Bentley also developed and patented a commercial medical device and co-founded Consent Spectrum, a state-of-the-art digital platform for informed consent in aesthetic medical procedures.  Outside of Elite, Dr. Bentley can be found spending time with his family and riding horses in Tucson’s riverbeds and deserts.

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