Being a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon is an extremely rewarding career. There are few areas in medicine where we have the opportunity to transform people’s lives, whether you are putting them back together after severe trauma, or whether you are giving someone back their independence by relieving the horrendous pain from an arthritic joint.
Orthopaedic Surgeons are able to use surgical techniques to diagnose and treat injuries due to trauma, congenital diseases, degenerative diseases, infections and tumours relating to the musculoskeletal system.
Orthopaedic consultants in the UK operate around 40% of the time, with the rest divided between clinics, ward work and on-call commitments.
One of the main attractions of Orthopaedics as a career is the fact that our interventions can rapidly and dramatically improve quality of life for patients. It combines theoretical knowledge with practical skills but also involves an interface with technology, industry and the multidisciplinary team unmatched by any other specialty.
Life as an Orthopaedic Surgeon is hard work, enjoyable and immensely satisfying. It is a career that very few people regret pursuing.
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