Orthopaedic Surgeons Brisbane

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Orthopaedic Surgeons Brisbane gives you access to information on orthopaedics in Brisbane including types of orthopedic procedures, contacts and links that we trust you will find useful and informative.

Orthopaedic surgery, otherwise known as orthopaedics, is a category of surgical specialisation that looks at the treatment of conditions involving the body’s musculoskeletal system. This refers to the body’s bones and associated tissues such as ligaments and tendons.

The medical conditions that can occur in the musculoskeletal system are wide ranging and include things such as broken bone trauma, bone infections, sports injuries like knee replacements (which, along with hip replacements is a common orthopaedic procedure), degenerative diseases of joints that hamper movement, cancer, and genetic or structural birth defects that can benefit from orthopaedic surgery.

We use the British spelling of orthopaedics here in Australia. You will also see the US spelling which omits the ‘a’ – orthopedics. An orthopedic surgeon is therefore no different to an orthopaedic surgeon so don’t worry if you see the different spelling.

Orthopaedic surgeons generally specialise within a particular sub category of orthopaedic surgery such as:

Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Hip Surgeons
Knee Surgeons
Shoulder Surgeons
Spinal Surgeons
Hand and Wrist Surgeons
Pediatric Surgeons

Orthopaedic surgeons addend the letters FRACS (Orth) on their names. This refers to them being a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Their training is administered by the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA). The (Orth) recognises their specialisation in orthopaedics. You might also hear them referred to as ‘orthopods’ or just bone doctors.

Orthopaedic Procedures:

Hip Replacement Surgery

Hip replacements are one of the most common orthopedic procedures and are carried out in cases where the hip joint(s) has degraded to the point that mobility is difficult and painful and other remedies have not been able to correct the condition.

In a full hip replacement the head of the femur (the ‘ball’) and the acetabulum (the ‘socket’ in the pelvis) are replaced with a ball prosthesis and a cup in the pelvis. There are a number of approaches to this procedure and the surgeon will recommend a particular type of hip replacement depending on your pathological condition.

Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee replacements are also called Knee Arthroplasty or Knee Reconstruction and they are similar to hip replacements in that the weight bearing areas of the bones of the joint are replaced with artificial surfaces.

Knee surgery is most often required when there has been degeneration of the joint surfaces either because of trauma, arthritis or disease. Recovery from open knee surgery can be six weeks or more.

There is also knee surgery done through an arthroscope, arthroscopic surgery, which is commonly used to remove or make repairs to torn cartilage or meniscus, ligaments or loose pieces of bone or cartilage. The arthroscope is inserted into the knee through a small incision and using cameras the orthopaedic surgeon and view the inside of the knee and insert other instruments to make repairs.

Other types of orthopaedic surgery include shoulder surgery and spinal surgery.

Practitioners

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