PAs in Orthopaedic Surgery play an integral role in the global management of neurosurgery patients, including all aspects of pre-, intra- and post-operative care. Orthopaedic PAs perform patient histories, help with treatment plans, serve as first assistant in surgery, manage post-operative care and handle a myriad of office-related duties.
Highly technical and demanding skills are mastered through years of physician assistant practice, master degree and post-graduate critical care residency.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Performs comprehensive and problem-focused histories and physical examinations
- Interprets laboratory and diagnostic tests
- Interprets and correlates subjective and objective data to formulate a differential diagnosis and establish a working diagnosis
- Formulates a treatment plan for orthopaedic conditions within their scope of practice
- Implements therapeutic intervention for specific conditions when appropriate
- Exercises judgment on conditions requiring consultation, referral or evaluation by the supervising orthopaedic surgeon or other health care professionals
- Orders, collects and performs appropriate laboratory and diagnostic studies, such as routine laboratory tests, EMG, electrocardiogram and radiologic examinations including arthrogram, ultrasound, CT, MRI and bone scan studies
- Performs compartment pressure measurements, digital blocks and regional anesthesia
- Performs minor outpatient surgical procedures such as tendon repair, wound closure and management, incision and drainage, needle biopsy percutaneous pinning of fractures k-wire and hardware removal
- Performs diagnostic and therapeutic procedures such as aspirations and injections of joints, bursars and cysts.
- Performs closed reductions of fractures and dislocations
- Applies braces, casts, splints and other orthopaedic appliances
- Assists in the surgical suite including first assist, deep and superficial wound closure, application of internal devices and any other procedures delegated by the supervising orthopaedic surgeon
- Conducts hospital rounds, writes orders, takes call and sees patients in the ED for the orthopaedic surgeon
- Evaluates and clarifies clinical conditions
- Formulates and implements treatment and therapeutic plans for hospitalized