An orthopedic surgeon, or “bone doctor” is a type of doctor that specializes in treating diseases and injuries of the bones, joints, ligaments, and tendons. Although they are often sought after for operations, orthopedic surgeons do more than just operate. They can set bones with casts, recommend conservative treatment, including prosthetics and physical therapy, and help patients prevent injuries.
I found Dr Morton through his website which was extremely informative and I learned much abouthip replacement surgery. Since...read moreI found Dr Morton through his website which was extremely informative and I learned much abouthip replacement surgery. Since I live on Maui, my first visit was via tele-health. I immediately felt a connection with Dr Morton. He is clearly an expert in his field, yet very humble and willing to really listen to me as a patient. He inquired about my wife as a caregiver and he arranged for a visit for her with a neurosurgeon to assess her neck pain. We flew to Oahu for a personal visit where he explained alternatives to surgery and answered every question that came to mind. My hip was so painful that I opted for replacement surgery. His awesome office staff made all the arrangements. The surgery was very successful. He is such a skillful surgeon that I have been recovering with minimal pain. He visited me in the recovery room and again at my hospital room. He is not one of those doctors that does his surgery and moves on to the next patient. He is committed to follow up appointments in the months and years to come. I really wish that there were more than five stars because Dr Morton deserves way more.read less
I’ve lived with my left hip injury for 34 years since ‘86 or ‘87, I was reluctant to get it...read moreI’ve lived with my left hip injury for 34 years since ‘86 or ‘87, I was reluctant to get it repaired after seeing 2 previous surgeons as a child, & in the ‘90 as an adult. The 1st surgeon as a child was reluctant to perform the surgery because he said it was too close the nerves & it’s dangerous, so my parents & I accepted that. The second surgeon as an adult said he wouldn’t recommend it, I was too young & I’ll wear it out by the time I’m 30, so I accepted that answer & gave up. Within the past 3 years, since 2017, my right hip became sore & I thought it was muscle pain & tried to walk it off ignoring my wife’s advice to see a doctor. Finally in 2020 I decide to see my doctor, Dr. Auora Mariani MD, who referred me to Dr. Paul Morton. Come to find out, I wore out my right hip & it wore down to bone on bone, & that was more painful than my already injured left hip.When I first seen Dr. Morton I can see how sincere & anxious to take on this challenge. I remember his words of I like challenges. He seen my CT scan & X rays & I could tell he already had a plan of attack. I finally got the left side done on 28 Nov 2020, & plan to repair the right side after Dr. Morton feels the left side is stable. Taking those walks with the physical therapist Carolina at Queen’s I was amazed how different life is now that my walking has improved. I used to drag my left left leg & turn from the hip to walk instead bending my leg up. I thank God that he has led me to Dr. Morton. I can’t wait till both hips are repaired & then I can finally spend more time playing outside with my 2 boys, helping them with their Judo exercises, & golfing with my father in law. Thanks Dr. Morton. I really can’t thank you enough!read less
I had great experience with Dr Morton, he spend almost an hour explaining details and options for my hip. I...read moreI had great experience with Dr Morton, he spend almost an hour explaining details and options for my hip. I felt like he was first doctor who actually listened to me instead of brushing me off and minimizing my pain. He gave me hope and ideas on what lies down the road. He maybe a young surgeon but he definitely knows what he is doing. I also respect the fact that he had surgical training in Germany and was chosen as one of the top students in his field (I choose carefully my doctors). I like doctors who don’t sugarcoat and tell you upfront what is happening without making it sound too complicated. I would trust him to do my surgery.read less
Wow! Very impressive doctor!I was shuffled around to 2 other orthopedics due to complications. I was a bit skeptical at...read moreWow! Very impressive doctor!I was shuffled around to 2 other orthopedics due to complications. I was a bit skeptical at first but I read his bio and was blown away by it. Upon first meeting Dr Morton I knew I was in the right hands!! He was very informative, took the time to talk to me about a total hip replacement, dealt with all my allergies and put me right at ease. He is very calm nature, easy to talk to and a wealth of info. I went thru surgery as he is very involved with his patients one on one; which is very unusual nowadays. He is an amazing doctor and I have been so impressed with his bedside manners, caring personality and overall care and concern of my health!! I would highly recommend him. Thanks Dr Morton you are the best.Janet his office staff is very kind and considerate also.read less
Dr. Morton is an extremely knowledgeable doctor with great experience and education. Knowing he has had three ACL reconstructive surgeries...read moreDr. Morton is an extremely knowledgeable doctor with great experience and education. Knowing he has had three ACL reconstructive surgeries himself and is in great shape and athletic gives me hope in my situation and confidence that he is the right doctor for me. He also took his time explaining my unique situation to me, asked me questions to understand my pain, and I did not feel rushed out.He just moved into this new office at Queens so be patient having to go to another building for x-rays if needed and allow plenty of time to figure out parking. The front desk staff is kind and very helpful as well! Very positive experience overall.read less
Dr. Morton treated me from July 31st from last year. Lot of fractures and a broken arm. The...read moreDr. Morton treated me from July 31st from last year. Lot of fractures and a broken arm. The arm needed surgery.I broke that arm/wrist a while back. It was a difficult surgery because the plate that was previously put in had to be removed. I won’t go into detail about the surgery but the risk were explained to me.Surgery took a while. Only positive result from the procedure. Dr. Morton’s surgical skills are excellent.Dr. Morton is very caring of the patient and knows how to make you feel at ease.The follow up appointments really shows the care and consideration of his staff and himself. They make sure that all after care needs are taken care of. They recommend follow up therapy with JACO, which was also excellent.By far the best Orthopedic surgeon That has worked on me.read less
First time seeing Dr. Morton at Queen’s POB2. He did my mom’s hip surgery at Kuakini in December 2018 when...read moreFirst time seeing Dr. Morton at Queen’s POB2. He did my mom’s hip surgery at Kuakini in December 2018 when she had a nasty fall at home. She went into the ER there and he the did the surgery the next day. He has been taken care of her ever since. My mom is 98 years old and he provides excellent care. We highly recommend Dr. Morton!read less
From my first meeting with Dr. Morton I felt a real connection to him. He was straight up and honest...read moreFrom my first meeting with Dr. Morton I felt a real connection to him. He was straight up and honest about my medical situation. He did an excellent job with the surgery. He always explained the situation thoroughly but with a caring touch. I would put my hands in his care any time.read less
Orthopaedic vs. Orthopedic Spelling
One of the first sources of confusion about the specialty is the spelling. Some people spell the word ‘orthopaedic’ while others spell it ‘orthopedic’. Both are correct and are derived from Greek. Orthos means straight and paidion means child. This suggests that orthopedic surgery began by specializing in correcting injuries or malformation of bones in children.
A French professor, Nicholas Andry, coined the word orthopédie in 1741. The English translated orthopédie to Orthopædia, or orthopaedic. Orthopedic is the Americanized version of orthopaedic, although many physicians in the United States use both spellings interchangeably.
What doe FAAHKS and FAAOS mean?
FAAOS stands for Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. It is an additional designation for orthopedic surgeons who complete all of the requirements for membership: The FAAOS designation demonstrates that your orthopaedic surgeon as a leader of your musculoskeletal health team with the level of skills, training, experience and professionalism consistent with the high quality and standards established by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Certification by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)
In an practice of orthopedic surgery in the U.S. for at least 36 months immediately prior to induction
Maintenance of a full, unrestricted, and unlimited license to practice medicine or full-time service in the federal government
Compliance with the AAOS Standards of Professionalism
Complete the Active Fellow Member Application
Membership Committee and AAOS Board of Director Approval of Application
FAAHKS stands for Fellow of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. It is an additional designation for board-certified FAAOS members who perform a significant number of hip and/or knee replacements annually.
History of Orthopedic Surgery
Some historianstrace the origins of orthopedic surgery all the way to primitive human ancestors. Historians found evidence that primitive humans set bones and tried to repair injuries. Historians then trace the practices to the Egyptians, then the Greeks, and then the Romans. The Greeks and the Romans shaped the practice into a more orderly, systematic form of medicine. They began studying anatomy and technique with more rigor than their predecessors. Native Hawaiians have their own form of medicine incorporating many aspects of orthopedicmedicine. Read about the history of orthopedics in Hawaii here.
Orthopedic Surgeon Training
In the US, orthopedic surgeons must first attend college and then medical school. Medical school takes 4 years to complete. After medical school, the new doctors attend residency. Residency programs train the new doctors in the specialty of their choosing under the guidance of more experienced doctors. Common specialties include family medicine, emergency medicine, pediatrics, etc. All doctors must attend residency in order to practice medicine, but the length of residencies differs by specialty. Orthopedic surgery is a competitive specialty with a residency that lasts 5 years. After they complete their residency, orthopedic surgeons must pass all licensing and board exams in order to practice as a surgeon. While surgeons can choose to practice directly out of residency, some may choose to complete a fellowship in order to learn even more about a specific area of interest in orthopedic surgery.
What to Look for in An Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawaii
If you have specific health concerns or complicated orthopedic history, you may want to choose an orthopedic surgeon who has completed a fellowship in that area.
While a good orthopedic surgeon is someone who is technically skilled, they should also know how to listen to patients. A surgeon should present the options to you, answer any questions you have, and guide you to the best solution based on your health goals.
Tips on Finding an Orthopedic Surgeon in Honolulu, Hawaii
Location: Find out if your doctor practices near you. Dr. Morton is an orthopedic surgeon with locations in Honolulu, West Oahu, and on the Big Island.
Specialty: Make sure you’re looking for the right specialty for your musculoskeletal needs. Other types of doctors that treat musculoskeletal issues include rheumatologists and pain management doctors.
An orthopedic surgeon is a specialized doctor who has gone through many years of training and certification levels to help patients manage issues with bones, joints, and connective tissue. While they are experts in surgical techniques, they do not always recommend surgery to all patients. Rather, they recommend conservative treatments, physical therapy, and help patients prevent injury and joint pain when appropriate. When you have a bad injury or nonoperative treatments are not working, orthopedic surgeons have the skills necessary to help you. Talk to your bone doctor, Dr. Mortonabout your orthopedic concerns today!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the best hospital to have orthopedic surgery in Hawaii?Paul Norio Morton, MD2021-02-28T20:02:19-10:00
Dr. Paul Norio Morton is a Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon that practices on Oahu and the Big Island. He treats a broad range of orthopedic conditions including arthritis, sports injuries, hip and knee replacements, trauma, and robotic joint arthroplasty. He believes in treating his patients with a holistic approach – incorporating patient’s desires and expectations into the treatment of their musculoskeletal problems.
You want an orthopedic surgeon who is specialized in joint replacement, joint preservation, sports injuries, and salvage procedures. You should look for someone who is an expert in minimally-invasive techniques, including the Direct Anterior Approach to hip replacement, and is comfortable in modern techniques such as partial knee replacements and robotic-assisted joint replacements. Dr. Morton can provide you with excellent services as a knee surgeon.
Orthopaedic and orthopedic are words that have the same meaning, referring to the same medical specialty. Orthopaedics is the original British word. Orthopedics is the Americanized, more common version. Professional organizations tend to use British spelling, while most physicians in the US use them equally. You can use them interchangeably.
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