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A 47-year-old member asked:

could a plastic surgeon do orthopedic surgery also?

4 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Elliot Duboys
Plastic Surgery 44 years experience
Hand surgery yes: Plastic surgeons usually train in hand surgery. So, if that's what you are referring to - the answer is yes. Plastic surgeons who have completed an orthopedic residency may do orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
Yes: but they have to do another residency training program for the other board certification.
Dr. Todd Sisto
Breast Surgery 37 years experience
Both specialties sub: -sume hand surgery. Residency in both specialties requires hand surgery experience.Thus,hand surgery is no more in the realm of ortho than plastic surg. Some surgeons do hand surgery exclusively; the prerequisite training to enter a hand surgery fellowship is either 1completed plastic surgery or 2orthopedic fellowship or 3general surgery residency. ortho of the rest of the body only by ortho
Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery 13 years experience
No: No, plastic surgery and orthopedic surgery are different disciplines.

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How long must I wait to play sports after having surgery for pneumothorax?

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Dr. Brian Mott
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At least a month: Depends what sports you are talking about. I would be careful about serious contact sports ever. You still have a risk of ptx on the other side scuba diving is out as is skydiving. Recreational sports, tennis, baseball, soccer, etc are ok once your incisions have healed.
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Might carpal tunnel syndrome ever require surgery?

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What can I expect from a vitrectomy surgery?

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Less floaters: Vitrectomy is performed to remove blood or repair a retinal detachment. These conditions tend to present as floaters and decreased vision. Although the vision may remain blurred for days or weeks after surgery, floaters should be gone and ultimately three vision should be better.
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What kind of benefits does surgery abroad have for insurance company?

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Surgery abroad?: Meaning out of the us or area covered by the insurance carrier? If this is the case it is more difficult for claims and payment.
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I have a mild case of atelectasis and I have to go into surgery in 1 week , is it safe?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Talk with 3 doctors: Talking with one's primary care doctor, his surgeon, and anesthesiologist can help decide if the surgery should go ahead or be postponed. If the patient has chronic lung disease, his lung doctor can add an opinion and help improve the lungs before surgery. To operate or not, also depends on the urgency of the surgery. One wants to avoid post-operative atelectasis, which can lead to bad problems.

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