Orthopedics is a branch of surgery that specializes in injuries and conditions of the musculoskeletal system .Orthopedic experts deal with new-borns and children with congenital deformities, young people in need of joint preserving surgery, and older people suffering from irreversible degenerative joint problems and are in need of joint replacement. Common orthopedic surgical procedures include total joint replacement and osteotomy.
Total joint replacement is a surgical procedure where a damaged joint is replaced with a prosthesis to relieve pain and disability. This procedure is recommended after nonsurgical procedures like physiotherapy; medication fails to relieve the pain. Joint pain is triggered by impairment to the articular cartilage either from a fracture, arthritis, or another condition. During the operation, the injured bone and cartilage are detached from the joint and is substituted with a prosthetic either made from plastic, ceramic, or metal. The prosthetic component imitates the movement and shape of the ordinary joint. The knee and the hip are the common areas where this procedure is performed. Surgery performed on the knee or the hip can either be a partial or total replacement to allow continued motion.
Osteotomy is a surgical procedure where a bone is removed, added, or its alignment changed near the damaged joint to relieve arthritis of the knee and hip. This procedure allows the weight to be shifted from the area with the damaged cartilage to the area with a healthier cartilage. Knee osteotomy corrects knee deformities such as varus and valgus whereas hip osteotomy involves bone removal of the femur.
Dr. Gregory Finch
Dr. Gregory Finch is an orthopedic surgeon who has specialized in spinal problems like scoliosis and degenerative disorders. He is highly trained in all aspects of spinal surgery, and he specializes in adult cervical spine surgery and minimally invasive spine surgery. Doctor Finch serves at the Perth Royal Hospital and is a member of the Spine Society of Australia and North America Spine Society.