Orthopedic surgery is the a branch of medicine that deals with injuries and disorders of bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and nerves. Orthopedic is also frequently spelled orthopaedic from the Greek orthos meaning “correct” or “straight” and paidion meaning “child”. The work literally means “straight child”. Early orthopedic surgeons treated and prevented deformities in children, which is still a major branch of the field.
Approximately 3 percent of all physicians are orthopedic surgeons. To become an orthopedic surgeon, a physician must complete an orthopedic residency program after having completed medical school. Many orthopedic surgeons pursue additional training in the form of fellowships. All orthopedic surgeons, like physicians in general, constantly keep abreast of new developments in their field.
A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon has completed an approved residency as well as written and oral testing by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. When a surgeon becomes board certified, he or she is then listed as a diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Board Certification has to be renewed every ten years which requires the physician maintain ethical and educational standards as well as additional testing.
Many orthopedic surgeons become members of their state and national specialty societies. Dr. Tenny is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a member of the Amercian Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Texas Medical Association.