Joint replacement surgery is one of the most important classes of orthopedic surgeries. Joints can be affected by chronic diseases like arthritis, wear and tear or simply major injuries. When a joint is heavily damaged beyond repair, the surgeon must remove it completely.
The joint will then be replaced with artificial joins from plastic, ceramic or metal material. The joints may or many not be cemented in place and depends on the evaluation by the surgeon. Cemented joints are common in older patients since they do not move around as much. Younger patients with loose joints may have to get the joints replaced every 10 to 15 years.
Soft tissue repair is a procedure regarding the repair of soft living tissues like collagen. An orthopedic surgeon will typically oversee the three phases: the protection phase, the repair phase and the remodeling phase. The protection phase should be to keep any stress off of the joint for several days. The repair phase is a six week period where the body will attempt to heal the tissue into the original state. There will still be minor healing needed for up to 3 months in the remodeling phase. An orthopedic surgeon will likely recommend minor, non-invasive treatment plans during these phases.
Arthroscopy is an non-invasive procedure that is quite common amongst orthopedic surgeons. Arthroscopes are inserted into the joints to evaluate the type of damage that has been done. This procedure has replaced unnecessary open surgeries in order to evaluate the state of joints and cartilage. Arthroscopes are now used in most instances to diagnose any join problem.
Gregory Finch is a fine orthopedic surgeon from Queensland, Australia. He studied medicine from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He also studied for his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Auckland. He has specifically received training in various forms of non-invasive spinal surgeries.
Dr. Finch has been employed by several reputable institutions in Australia. He started out working at Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as a spine surgeon in the year 2000. He was also a spine surgeon for several years at Royal Perth Hospital. He still continually works for several organizations including, New Zealand Orthopaedic Association, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Australian Orthopaedic Association, North American Spine Society, Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service. He also currently is affiliated with the public Rockhampton Hospital.