In this article, you will learn about what is an orthopedist, the costs and where to find them in Hong Kong.
What is an orthopedist?
An orthopedist (also spelled orthopaedist) is a surgeon who received further training in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the musculoskeletal system, causing pain, swelling and stiffness in muscles, bones, joints, ligaments and tendons, and potentially joint deformities. Orthopedic treatments often focus on surgery and the healing or aftercare following surgery, along with other conservative treatments.
Orthopedist vs. Rheumatologist: What is the difference?
Orthopedists and rheumatologists both specialize in the treatment of conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system, many of which overlap, such as joint pain and tendinitis.
Injuries, congenital diseases and degenerative conditions
The cause of your symptoms; may consider every organ system in the body
Specialized training in inflammatory and autoimmune etiology
Treatments provided by an orthopedist
- Joint Replacement (arthroplasty) – a surgical procedure that replaces the damaged joint with a prosthesis. A joint may be fully replaced (called a total joint replacement), partially replaced, or the joint can undergo a revision replacement.
- Arthroscopic surgery – a minimally invasive procedure that uses a device called an arthroscope to diagnose joint problems.
- Joint fusions and internal fixations – joining bone fragments together with devices such as metal rods, screws, plates and pins to promote the healing of each individual piece back to its previous state as a single, fully joined bone.
- Osteotomy – the cutting of a bone deformity to reshape it in the correct position.
- Soft tissue repair – the reposition of tendons or ligaments which have been torn, excessively stretched, or injured in other ways.
- Fracture repair surgery – uses devices such as metal rods, screws, plates, and wires to stabilize the fractured bone.
- Bone grafting surgery – transplants bone from elsewhere in the body to repair and strengthen diseased or damaged bones.
Non-surgical treatments include prescribing medications, recommending physical exercises and suggesting lifestyle changes and modifications to prevent injuries and deformities.
An orthopedist may also determine whether a patient would benefit from rehabilitative therapies such as occupational therapy, physical therapy or alternative therapy like acupuncture, then make the referrals and monitor the rehabilitation process at follow-up visits.
When should you see an orthopedist?
You may consider visiting an orthopedic doctor if you experience the followings:
- a noticeable decrease in your range of motion
- pain or discomfort when you walk
- moderate or advanced arthritis of the knee or hip joints
- progressive hip or knee pain that worsens upon standing
- chronic pain (lasting more than 12 weeks)
- a soft tissue injury that has not improved after several days
Wondering if you should go directly to an orthopedic specialist or see your primary care doctor first? If you suspect a traumatic or repetitive motion injury in a bone, joint, tendon or nerve, you should consult an orthopedic physician as soon as possible.
List of Orthopedists in Hong Kong
1. Orthopedists in the public sector
Specialist outpatient clinics for Orthopaedics & Traumatology are available in this list of public hospitals in Hong Kong.
2. Orthopedists in the private sector
Address: Room 1302C, 13/F, East Point Centre,
555 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay
Tel: 2576 5265
Address: Room 1111, Argyle Centre Phase I,
688 Nathan Road, Mong Kok
Tel: 2392 2699
Address: Shop B83, 1/F, Tsuen Fung Centre,
144 Castle Peak Road (Tsuen Wan), Tsuen Wan
Tel: 2498 7688
Address: Suite 2207, Bank Of America Tower,
12 Harcourt Road, Central, Hong Kong Island
Tel: 2203 4483
Address: Room 1612-1613, Melbourne Plaza,
33 Queen's Road C, Central, Hong Kong Island
Tel: 2522 1200
Address: Room 1203, Hang Shing Building,
363 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Tel: 2388 0233
Address: Room 2405, Hang Lung Centre,
Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
Tel: 2577 1093
Address: Room 827, 8/F, One Grand Tower,
639 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon
Tel: 2380 8616
You can search for Orthopedists sorted by locations and languages on our doctor directory.
How much does it cost to see an orthopedist in Hong Kong?
Public sector fees: For eligible HKID-holders, the price of visiting specialist outpatient clinics is HK$135 for the first attendance, $80 per subsequent attendance and $15 per drug item.
Private sector fees: According to our research, the initial consultation fees of an orthopedist in the private sector range from HK$500 to over $1,000, excluding costs of drugs, medical supplies, lab or other special treatments.
Does insurance cover consultations & treatments with Orthopedists in Hong Kong?
According to Alea, orthopedist consultations and procedures are reimbursed under doctor specialist fees. Generally, high-end medical plans reimburse orthopedist treatment in full without any sub-limit whereas local plans have doctor specialist sub-limits for consultations, procedures and surgeries. If you have any health insurance questions or looking to maximize your coverage, contact an expert at Alea at [email protected].
An orthopedist is a surgeon who focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the musculoskeletal system.
This article was independently written by Healthy Matters. It is informative only and not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be relied upon for specific medical advice.