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Are orthopedists the same as orthopedic surgeons?

8 doctors weighed in
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes.

Just two names for the same thing.
If anyone calls themselves "orthopedist" who isn't physician and an orthopedic surgeon, they are a fraud.

In brief: Yes.

Just two names for the same thing.
If anyone calls themselves "orthopedist" who isn't physician and an orthopedic surgeon, they are a fraud.
Dr. Scott Welker
Dr. Scott Welker
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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes sort of

An orthopedist and orthopedic surgeon are supposed to be the same.
However, some actually only work in the office and do not do surgery and some do office clinic and surgery. In non US countries, after training some orthopaedic surgeons become office "orthopedists" only and do not operate. You can now see a little of the semantics behind the terms.

In brief: Yes sort of

An orthopedist and orthopedic surgeon are supposed to be the same.
However, some actually only work in the office and do not do surgery and some do office clinic and surgery. In non US countries, after training some orthopaedic surgeons become office "orthopedists" only and do not operate. You can now see a little of the semantics behind the terms.
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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Dr. Blake Miller
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Usually

Yes, usually orthopedic surgeons are referred to as orthopedists.
There are non-operative orthopedists (for various reasons) that either did an orthopedic surgery residency and usually for health reasons don't operate or some family practitioners that get training in sports medicine may sometimes refer to themselves as orthopedists. But when most people refer to orthopedists, they are surgeons.

In brief: Usually

Yes, usually orthopedic surgeons are referred to as orthopedists.
There are non-operative orthopedists (for various reasons) that either did an orthopedic surgery residency and usually for health reasons don't operate or some family practitioners that get training in sports medicine may sometimes refer to themselves as orthopedists. But when most people refer to orthopedists, they are surgeons.
Dr. Blake Miller
Dr. Blake Miller
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