Orthopedic problems are injuries or diseases that affect human muscles, joints, and ligaments. Some of the most affected joints are the knee and shoulder joints. A patient suffering from orthopedic problems can be treated either through nonsurgical approaches or through undergoing orthopedic surgery. Orthopedic surgeries, however, are the most common procedures employed by surgeons. This article discusses some of these procedures.
Total Shoulder Replacement
This procedure is not as painful as it sounds. To eradicate pain in a patient’s shoulder joint, orthopedic surgeons removes the damaged parts of the bone and cartilage and replace them with a small piece of either metal or plastic. After successful completion of the procedure, a patient’s shoulder joint regains painless motion.
Spine surgery is necessitated by consistent back pains that can impair a patient’s daily operations if ignored. These back pains can also reduce a person’s physical fitness and productivity. There are several spinal surgery procedures, with the commonest of them all being the Spinal Fusion. The procedure entails joining of vertebrae, commonly known as spinal bones, by the orthopedic surgeons. After undergoing this procedure, motion between a patient’s bones and spine is restricted for some time to allow speedy recovery. Eventually, the patient regains physical fitness and, consequently, productivity is restored as well.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction is a process where orthopedic surgeons operate on a torn knee ligament. The procedure starts by removing the torn ligament, creating bone tunnels, and attaching a new ligament to the bone. The knee is then left to heal, with the bone tunnels developing tissues that eventually secure the new ligament.
About Greg Finch
Dr. Greg Finch is an orthopedic spine surgeon practicing under Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Services. He studied at the University of Auckland from 1986 to 1991. Finch’s specialty is in areas of adult deformity, cervical spine surgery, and minimally invasive spine surgery.
Finch has worked as an orthopedic spine surgeon in several organizations, including Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Royal Perth Hospital, and Royal Orthopedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Finch has been a member of New-Zealand Orthopedic Association since 1997 and Australian Orthopedic Association since 2006.