Orthopedic Surgery is a division of medicine that deals with complications affecting the support and movements systems in humans, particularly bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The predisposing factors for such conditions are spine diseases, sports injuries, hereditary disorders, and trauma among many others. Specialists use both surgical and non-surgical techniques to correct these disorders.
Diagnosis to evaluate the extent of the condition is usually performed using radiography, mostly X-rays. The most common orthopedic procedures are;
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
The ACL is located in the knee and connects the femur (thighbone) to the tibia (larger leg bone). The ligament is often ruptured as a result of enormous stress, associated with sports injuries. To restore its function, the damaged ligament is removed, and a new graft is implanted, using the arthroscopic procedure. The grafts are sourced from the patient’s body (autografts), a donor (allografts) or bridge-enhanced repair, where the patient’s blood is used to regenerate a new ACL.
This involves the replacement of a hip by an artificial prosthetic, as a measure to combat joint failure, which is often a result of osteoarthritis or fracturing. The replacement may be done as whole or partially. Total hip arthroplasty consists of replacing the hip joint and the femur’s head while semi-hip replacements only supplant the head of the femur.
This procedure encompasses the joining of vertebrae. Conventional techniques of fusion comprise of grafting. Before the graft is firm, screws and plates may be used to steady the bones. This practice is often as a mitigation measure for degenerative diseases, spinal fractures and spondylosis among others.
About Greg Finch
Greg Finch is a respected orthopedic surgeon, whose field of specialization is spinal complications. He is particularly fascinated by minimally invasive spine surgery. Moreover. Greg Finch is an accredited member of the Spine Society of Australia.
Owing to his sixteen years’ experience in the field, Greg has earned many plaudits. His illustrious career began when he attained an undergraduate Medicine degree from the University of Auckland. He later joined the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, where he received his certification to become an orthopedic surgeon.