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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an orthopedic surgeon?

An orthopedic surgeon is a medical doctor who specializes in the treatment of the musculoskeletal system. This system includes bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. At Advanced Center for Orthopedics and Plastic Surgery, our doctors are orthopedic surgeons or specialists who specialize in the shoulder & elbow, hand & wrist, spine, hip & knee, and foot & ankle.

What is a physician assistant (P.A.)?

Physician assistants are licensed health care professionals who practice medicine under doctor supervision. As part of the doctor/ P.A. team, P.A.s diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries. Their focus is patient care, which may include education and administrative activities. P.A.s can also write prescriptions.

What is a nurse practitioner (N.P.)?

Nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses who provide high-quality healthcare services under doctor supervision. As part of the doctor/N.P. team, N.P.s evaluate, diagnose, and treat illnesses and injuries. Their focus is patient care, which may include clinical care, health promotion, disease prevention, health education, and administrative activities. N.P.s can also write prescriptions.