Orthopaedics - SNS Hospital


Department of Orthopaedics | SNS Hospital

SNS Hospital provides comprehensive and world-class orthopaedic services. This department offers specialized care in the field of complex trauma, poly-trauma and related sub-specialities. Orthopaedic department at our hospitals delivers personalised care utilising the latest research and evidence-based medicine. The department provides management related to disorders of bone, joint and a variety of musculoskeletal disorders.

Some of the procedures that we take care are joint, knee, hip and shoulder replacement, arthritis and custom implant surgeries. We treat sports-related injuries, which can be extremely painful and traumatic. Our sports medicine team works with surgeons to put sportspersons on a quick path to recovery. Arthroscopy, knee, shoulder and ankle arthroscopy, recurrent shoulder dislocation, rotator cuff repair, subacromial decompression, Msaicrominal and articular cartilage implantation are some of the other procedures done routinely.

Orthopaedic treatment

Orthopaedic surgeons deal with the problems of the musculoskeletal system, which may involve the following:

– Diagnosis of the injury or disorder

– Prescribing treatments with medication, exercise, surgery, casting, etc.

– Rehab Centres or physical therapy to restore adequate movement, strength and function

– Preventing further injury and slowing the progression of diseases

Apart from the diseases and conditions of the musculoskeletal system, orthopaedics can also specialise in certain other areas like the spine, shoulder, hand, foot, ankle, hip or knee. Specific fields that they may choose to focus on include paediatrics, trauma or sports medicine.

Most commmon FAQ in Orthopaedics

Orthopaedic surgery refers to surgical intervention in the case of diseases or injuries concerning the musculoskeletal system. After proper diagnoses and consultation, orthopaedic surgeons treat several conditions that affect the bones, joints, ligaments, nerves and muscles. They help patients affected with mobility disorders recover and lead a more fulfilling life.

There is no single kind of injury that’s common but a few that are most frequently consulted for. These include:

  • Joint dislocations
  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Sports injuries

You should visit an orthopaedic doctor if you’re experiencing mild to excruciating pain in your bones, muscles or joints. Few of the commonly seen symptoms to visit an orthopaedic doctor are:

  • Stiffness and uneasiness while performing daily activities
  • Pain while performing daily activities
  • Excruciating pain
  • Slow or no improvement in soft tissue injuries


The first thing that an orthopaedic surgeon will do before performing a physical examination is to ask about the history of illness or injury. They will then move forward to diagnostic studies, such as x-rays and blood tests. After the diagnosis and informing the patient about the problem, they will come up with a treatment plan to help them live an active and functional life. The treatment can be either be nonsurgical or surgical.

Nonsurgical treatment:

Certain musculoskeletal conditions can be treated without surgery. Orthopaedic surgeons can prescribe a treatment that involves medication, exercise, rehabilitation or alternative therapies. In cases when patients don’t respond to nonsurgical treatments, they recommend going for surgery.

Surgical treatment:

There are several types of surgeries that an orthopaedic surgeon can perform. Some of the common procedures include:

– Arthroscopy:

This procedure uses special cameras and equipment to visualise, detect and treat conditions inside a joint.

– Joint replacement:

Joint replacement can be a partial, total or revision surgical treatment. In this surgery, an arthritic or damaged joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint called a prosthesis.

– Fusion: It involves fusing bones with bone grafts and internal devices like metal rods to heal into a single solid bone.

– Osteotomy:

Cutting and repositioning the bone to correct bone deformity

– Internal fixation:

This method involves using metal plates, pins or screws to hold the broken pieces of bone in a proper position.

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