Orthopaedics is the field of medicine related to bones, joints and their connective tissues. When orthopaedic surgery is recommended, it is likely that all other non-operative treatments have failed or cannot resolve a patient’s symptoms. Most orthopaedic procedures are performed because of degenerative disorders (eg osteoarthritis), sporting injuries (ligament/tendon tears), and trauma (fractures).
The Orthopaedics team at Prince of Wales Private Hospital performs around 3000 surgeries every year. All our Orthopaedic Surgeons have sub-speciality training in a specific area, for instance, in hand surgery or paediatric disorders. Many are experts in their field. Together, they are experienced in all areas of orthopaedic surgery, providing care for the:
- Arm and leg – Correction of deformities; implants for prosthetic limbs (osseointegration).
- Foot and ankle – Ankle reconstruction and replacement; treatment for bunions, big toe stiffness and arthritis.
- Hand and wrist – Reconstruction; ligament repair; arthritis treatment; carpal tunnel release.
- Hip – Osteotomy and replacement.
- Knee – Reconstruction, osteotomy and replacement; arthroscopy.
- Shoulder and elbow – Reconstruction and replacement; capsular release; rotator cuff repair; stabilisation for dislocation.
- Spine – Neck and back fusion; corrective surgery for deformities (ie scoliosis, kyphosis).
Orthopaedic patients have benefited greatly from advancements in surgery. Innovations in imaging help surgeons to view a problem area and to plan custom surgeries. This can improve the end result for patients. Our specialists use the following technologies and techniques for the best surgical outcomes:
- Airo® 3D intraoperative CT system – Guided navigation for precision during complex surgeries.
- Arthroscopy – The surgical examination of a joint using a keyhole incision and camera.
- Direct anterior and posterior approach in total hip replacement - As best indicated for each patient.
- Patient-specific instruments – Are custom made for each patient using pre-operative 3D modelling of their own bones.
Our Hospital has dedicated theatre and post-operative nursing staff who are highly-experienced in caring for orthopaedic patients. They work closely with surgeons, other specialist doctors, and our on-ward physiotherapists to fast-track a patient’s recovery and carefully plan for their discharge home or to a rehabilitation centre.
To find an Orthopaedic Surgeon accredited to work at our Hospital, please refer to the Prince of Wales Private Hospital Specialist Directory.
If you would like to know more about our Orthopaedic Surgery services, please contact:
Dr Andreas Loefler
02 9399 5333