Orthopedic surgery can be an invasive procedure if it involves a more severe condition of the musculoskeletal structure. The most invasive surgeries are joint replacements.
A common condition related to joint replacements is arthritis pain. A knee replacement, also referred to as an arthoplasty, is one of the most common surgeries conducted by an orthopedic surgeon. It is estimated this type of orthopedic surgery is completed more than a half million times yearly in the United States. The procedure will involve the damaged knee being carved out and replaced with plastic or metal elements to fill in the space for smoother movement of the joint. The knee joint is then fused together with the thigh bone, shin bone, and knee cap using a special bonding material, such as acrylic cement.
A hip replacement is also related to arthritis and it is more widespread among elderly patients. Similar to a knee replacement, the intent of a hip replacement surgery is to establish smoother movement of the joint; however, the patient typically receives a prosthetic implant to replace the hip. After recovery, which can take four to six weeks, patients are able to move much more freely. Patients can go the remaining of their lives free of pain and without any side effects from the surgery.
Dr. Greg Finch is a leading orthopedic surgeon practicing in Australia with specialties in the area of spinal stenosis and reconstruction surgery. Dr. Greg Finch received his credentials as an orthopedic surgeon from the Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS). He is affiliated with Perth Royal Hospital which is well known for its contribution to innovation and excellence towards medical research.
Dr. Greg Finch is exceptionally skilled in areas of cervical spine and reconstruction surgeries. Throughout his career, Dr. Greg Finch has traveled internationally within Germany and the United Kingdom for research to bring forth creative and cutting-edge surgical advances.