Orthopedic procedures are conducted by surgeons that have been trained in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons can treat a wide variety musculoskeletal problems such as replacing knee, hip and shoulder, joint replacement and spine surgery.
The most common orthopedic procedures are Arthroscopy, Soft tissue repair, Joint Replacement, Revision joint surgery, Bone fracture repair, Debridement, Fusion of bones, Spine fusion and Osteotomy. Below we discuss three of these procedures.
Joint replacements are commonly performed for the knee and hip replacement. Knee replacement procedure can be a partial knee replacement, where one side of the knee is repaired or a full knee replacement where a complete prosthetic device is implanted on the knee. It can also be a revision surgery where a prosthetic device was previously implanted.
Spinal fusion and osteotomy are a surgical procedure that is done to correct certain deformities of the pediatric or adult spine. Spine fusion is also done when there is degenerative disc disease in the spine. The orthopedic fuses two or more vertebrae together to help the area of the spine be stable.
Arthroscopic procedures are performed using cameras so as to minimize cutting the patient’s body part. The surgery is performed with few incisions. It reduces the time of healing, and the patient can be discharged from the hospital the same day. Arthroscopic techniques are applied when repairing damaged ligaments and tendons.
Dr. Greg Finch is an Orthopaedic surgeon specialist who has been trained in all aspects of spinal surgery. Greg Finch has spent two years working with world leaders in spine surgery in USA and UK and Germany. His particular interests are minimally invasive spine surgery though he enjoys all aspects of spinal surgery.
Greg Finch works at the Sunshine Coast Private Hospital. He is a member of the Spine Society of Australia, the North America Spine Society and a fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association. Greg Finch is a graduate of Auckland Medical School, Royal College Surgeons Melbourne, and Australian Orthopaedic Association.