Orthopedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Physicians located in San Francisco, CA
Whether you have a sports injury or advanced arthritis, orthopedic surgery can restore your function and relieve chronic pain. Board-certified Bay Area orthopedic surgeon Jeffrey Halbrecht, MD, performs a wide range of arthroscopic procedures at IASM in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California. Call IASM or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about orthopedic surgery.
Orthopedic Surgeon Q & A
What is orthopedic surgery?
Orthopedic surgery is an area of medicine that addresses musculoskeletal damage. Many joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments make up your musculoskeletal system. Damage or injury to any of these structures can cause chronic pain, poor range of motion, and limited mobility.
As a board-certified Bay Area orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Halbrecht offers many arthroscopic options to reduce your pain and restore function to your damaged musculoskeletal structures.
What can an orthopedic surgeon treat?
As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Halbrecht treats many musculoskeletal conditions, including:
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that causes joint inflammation. As the flexible cartilage surrounding your joints breaks down, the connecting bones can rub together. That friction causes pain, limits range of motion, and diminishes your mobility. Orthopedic surgery can repair this damage to restore your joint function and reduce pain.
Sports injuries, such as tendonitis, rotator cuff tears, meniscus tears, and repeated ankle sprains, can impact your performance. While physical therapy and other nonsurgical treatments may help treat your sports injury, orthopedic surgery is often necessary to repair the damage.
Back pain often results from musculoskeletal damage. Herniated discs, spinal stenosis, arthritis, and muscle strains are common causes of back pain.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
The carpal tunnel is a passageway through your wrist and hand. The median nerve runs through this thin tunnel. Repetitive stress on the carpal tunnel compresses the median nerve and can cause pain and limit the range of motion in your wrist.
Osteoporosis is a degenerative disorder that causes porous bones. New bone can’t replace old bone quickly enough, which leaves you vulnerable to fractures.
What can I expect from orthopedic surgery?
Many types of orthopedic surgery are minimally invasive. Dr. Halbrecht specializes in arthroscopic surgery, which allows him to perform procedures through keyhole-sized incisions. Benefits of arthroscopic surgery compared to traditional open surgery include:
- Less bleeding
- Less scarring
- Lower risk of infection
- Shorter recovery times
- Smaller incisions
- Less tissue damage
As an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Halbrecht performs cartilage restoration, a procedure that implants new cartilage to treat osteoarthritis and sports injuries.
To learn more about orthopedic surgery, call IASM or schedule an appointment online today.