What is an orthopedic sub-specialist?

Once a physician completes their residency and is trained as an orthopedic surgeon, they can go on to complete an extra year of training by entering into a fellowship program. The fellowship is in a sub-specialty area of orthopedics, such as shoulder surgery or hand surgery, and focuses solely on that region of the musculoskeletal system. The fellowship exposes the physician to a high volume of complex surgical cases in that particular sub-specialty area of orthopedics. It provides another avenue by which orthopedic surgeons may receive additional training to become more knowledgeable in a specific area of orthopedics. Fellowships usually last between one to two years. Another way to become proficient in a specific area of orthopedics without completing a fellowship is by developing an expertise in a specific facet of orthopedics independently by focusing a high volume of the respective practice in that sub-specialty area.

Physician Sub-Specialist

At Lancaster Orthopedic Group, our mission is to provide a technically and personally superior experience. In order to achieve this objective, all sixteen physicians have developed a highly refined area of expertise to facilitate better patient care and state-of-the-art orthopedics. This subspecialized focus allows them to be more knowledgeable in the diagnosis, repair, and physical rehabilitation of related problems. It also makes Lancaster Orthopedic Group a “one-stop shop”, with no need for any of the physicians to refer outside of the practice. Our physicians have the advantage of being able to cross-refer within the practice to the most appropriate subspecialist to treat a patient’s underlying issue. This allows for better patient care because the patient is put into the hands of a physician who has developed a greater experience base in that particular anatomical area of the body. Subspecializing also allows our physicians to become more competent at the specific surgical procedures that they perform.