Life as an Orthopedic Trauma Surgeon
May 19, 2014•9 min
Orthopedic trauma surgeons face small injuries like falls to major injuries like gunshot wounds while working in the ER.An orthopedic surgeon is called upon to treat patients suffering from the most serious and often life-threatening types of injuries An orthopedic trauma surgeon treats traumatic injuries that affect a person's bones or joints and may also treat muscles and cartilage.In many cases, this type of surgeon treats patients who have been injured in car accidents, falls, and other types of accidental injuries. Orthopedic surgeons may also treat those who have suffered injuries as a result of physical attacks.What is the most important elements you have to look at when a patient firsts enters the emergency room?It's sometimes overlooked, but working as part of a team. If you're calling 911 or if you're entering the doors of an ER, there are several different layers of doctors and nurses that are working together to make sure your health is taken care of.Orthopedic surgeons are also the doctors who you'll be seeing more frequently after a surgery to follow up with post surgery appointments and physical therapy.Are there any new approaches to orthopedic surgery?Orthopedic surgeons are always looking for better ways to heal the patient and advance their recovery at a much quicker pace while still maintaining health.What are some of the challenges you face as an orthopedic surgeon?Jan Paul Szatkowski, MD shares what it's like being an orthopedic trauma surgeon at Cook County Hospital.