While some musculoskeletal injuries require operative intervention as soon as possible, others may be treated on a delayed basis. In many cases, orthopedists differ in their preferred approach to the timing of surgery. Orthopedic consultation, at least by telephone, is indicated in cases of musculoskeletal injury that the emergency physician believes may need operative fixation or repair. The orthopedist may then exercise his or her choice to admit the patient right away, or to see the patient in timely follow-up and schedule surgery at that time.
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