What is a fellowship-trained surgeon?

A fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon is a doctor who has completed a minimum of 13 years of education and has completed an additional year of specialty training in a specific field of orthopaedic surgery in an accredited fellowship program. There are fellowships in several areas of orthopaedics, including the ankle, wrist, and back, neck, and spine. Additionally, orthopaedic surgeons may focus on a specific field of orthopaedics, such as pediatrics, sports medicine, or trauma.