Orthopaedics research at Subiaco

Our Orthopaedic Surgery Research Group is conducted to audit clinical outcomes, better understand disease and injury, and investigate new technologies which may lead to further improvements in patient treatment. We develop our research in partnership with universities and medical device companies.
Our diverse range of sub-specialist expertise covers all facets of orthopaedic surgery, including spinal and paediatric orthopaedics. 

We cater to the complete orthopaedic needs of patients, including evaluation, surgery, after-surgery care and rehabilitation. St John of God Subiaco Hospital was the fi rst facility in Australia to use the Stryker Mako Orthopaedic Robot, which is used for patients undergoing partial or total knee replacement and total hip replacement.
  • Surgeons use a posterior interosseous artery (PIA) flap commonly for wrist or elbow soft tissue reconstruction. This flap can be used for hand, forearm and elbow soft tissue reconstruction.
  • There is little appreciation of the anatomy of the forearm nerve which courses immediately adjacent to the flap whilst dissecting.
  • Potential injury of the nerve can be avoided by understanding the relationship between the nerve and artery in the forearm.
  • Our research focuses on the relationships between the artery and nerve supplying a PIA flap in the forearm.
  • Previously, surgeons have not had a good appreciation between the main artery supplying the PIA flap and the nerve which courses through the flap, leading to potential injury of the nerve. 
Angus Keogh
Bryan Tan

Trail I, Fleming A, 2015 Wrist Arthroscopy Book Chapter Disorders of the Hand; Diagnosis and Treatment. Ed. Springer.

Keogh A, Bain G, 2013 “Proximal ulnar fracture, loose prosthesis”  Book chapter  Periprosthetic Fracture Management

Lee YC, Eng K, Keogh A, McLean JM, Bain GI, 2012 “Repair of the acutely unstable elbow: use of tensionable anchors.” Techniques in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Dec;16(4):225-9.