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Looking after your orthopaedic health

13 January 2022

In the St John of God Murdoch Hospital Emergency Department, our nurses and doctors commonly treat patients suffering with orthopaedic trauma.

This can range from bone breaks, sprains and fractures, affecting different parts of the body.

 Head of Orthopaedics at St John of God Murdoch Hospital Professor Piers Yates said people suffering trauma from a fall or accident should seek treatment.

“Common orthopaedic issues include fractures of ankle, wrist, hips, and injuries around the knee and elbow,” he said.

“Trauma is usually followed by pain and deformity. We encourage everyone to seek medical advice following a significant trauma.”

Professor Yates said the treatments offered would depend on the level of trauma incurred.

“Treatment could range from slings, splints and plaster, through to surgery,” he said.

“Surgery will often be recommended when a joint is significantly deformed, unstable, or in order to restore function quickly. Fractures around joint are often fixed to restore function, and reduce the chances of arthritis later in life.”

Orthopaedic surgery at St John of God Murdoch Hospital

Orthopaedic surgery treats conditions affecting the musculoskeletal system: bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons.

You may need care to get you moving after sporting injuries such as broken bones or ligament repair, or to reduce pain in your joints caused by wear and tear over time such as hip and knee replacements.

Orthopaedic care includes services for:

  • knee and hip disorders and ligament reconstructions
  • shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand problems
  • joint replacements and reconstructions for hip, knee, shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist, foot and ankle
  • foot and ankle disorders
  • sports-related injury management
  • spinal injuries
  • paediatric orthopaedics

Our highly skilled surgeons and caregivers use the latest techniques and equipment to improve your movement and ability to participate in activities you enjoy.

We provide care from evaluation and management, through to surgery and rehabilitation to help you return to your daily activities as quickly as possible.

Benefits of our orthopaedic surgery services:

  • all your orthopaedic care needs from evaluation to rehabilitation
  • access to a multidisciplinary team, including leading orthopaedic surgeons
  • modern theatres equipped with cutting edge technology
  • forward thinking orthopaedic developments in research.

These benefits depend on your particular circumstances and require you to participate fully in necessary before and after care and management. You should consult a specialist in this area before deciding whether surgery is suitable for you.

Piers Yates - Orthopaedic Surgeon

Prof Piers Yates is an orthopaedic surgeon at St John of God Murdoch Hospital. He has been practicing in WA as a specialist orthopaedic and trauma surgeon from 2006 with a particular interest in joint replacement and trauma.