Orthopaedic surgery

Whether it's for knees, hips, hands, arms, legs or back, our orthopaedic services provide care from pre-surgery through to rehabilitation to get you moving.

Caregiver assisting an elderly patient by holding their arm whilst they walk using the parallel bars for assistance in a rehabilitation room.

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

Advantages of our orthopaedic surgery services:

  • all your orthopaedic care needs from evaluation to rehabilitation
  • access to a multidisciplinary team, including leading orthopaedic surgeons
  • efficient and up-to-date theatres
  • forward thinking orthopaedic developments in research, and development.

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

Orthopaedics at St John of God Bunbury Hospital

Our orthopaedic surgeons at St John of God Bunbury Hospital provide a range of orthopaedic surgeries and services, with a particular focus on general orthopaedics, joint replacements, knee and ankle surgery and trauma.

By choosing an orthopaedic surgeon who works at St John of God Bunbury Hospital, you can get access to expert care close to home.

Find your orthopaedic surgeon of choice by browsing our Find a specialist search.

St John of God Bunbury Hospital offers high quality facilities and care in the heart of WA’s south west. Our operating theatres, expert caregivers and rehabilitation care give you access to the support and treatment you need close to home.
We provide care for general orthopaedic conditions, as well as specific speciality focus on joint replacements, knee and ankle surgery, and trauma-related injuries.

Our theatres are equipped with the latest technology. Four of our orthopaedic surgeons at St John of God Bunbury Hospital are trained to provide robotic-assisted orthopaedic surgery, which allows them to use minimally-invasive techniques and provide a highly accurate positioning of joint replacement prosthesis. 

St John of God Bunbury Hospital is a leader in robotic-assisted orthopaedic surgery with two systems available; the VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution and ROSA. 

VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution 

The VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution is used by two of our Orthopaedic Surgeons. VELYS helps your surgeon perform knee replacement surgery that is tailored to your specific anatomy, and is designed to provide digital precision and accuracy to get you back to the things you love. 
VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution utilises a variety of technologies to aid your surgeon as they plan for and execute a precise knee replacement^. VELYS uses an infrared camera and optical tracker to help your surgeon gather the necessary data about your anatomy to position your implant. This robotic-assisted devise does not move or operate on its own and your surgeon remains in control throughout your surgery. 

ROSA Robotic Technology 

Two of our other Orthopaedic Surgeons use the ROSA robotic technology to undertake a total knee replacement. Your surgeon has been specially trained to use ROSA Knee in order to personalise the surgical approach. It’s important to understand that the robot does not operate on its own. That means it does not move unless your surgeon prompts it to. Your surgeon is still in the operating room the entire time and is making all of the decisions throughout your surgery.
During the procedure, ROSA utilises a camera and optical trackers attached to your leg to know exactly where your knee is in space. Think of it like a very detailed global positioning system (GPS). This information, combined with your surgeon’s skill, helps them know how to position your implant based on your unique anatomy.
St John of God Bunbury Hospital also has a hydrotherapy pool which you can use during your stay with us and as an outpatient to help you get moving again after surgery.

 ^Doan et al. Resection Accuracy Improved Using A Novel Concept For Robotic-assisted Total Knee Arthroplasty; ORS 2021 Annual Meeting Paper No. 0333.

Find out what to expect when you come to St John of God Bunbury Hospital for orthopaedic surgery:

Our comprehensive surgical care provided at St John of God Bunbury Hospital, is complemented by our rehabilitation services to get you moving after surgery.

Our multidisciplinary team including doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and occupational therapists work together to help you manage your pain and get you moving again.

Our hydrotherapy pool offers you an alternative to gym-based exercises to get you moving after surgery, either as an inpatient or as an outpatient.

We work closely with the Bunbury Regional Hospital and Busselton Health Campus to arrange assessment if you need additional rehabilitation care.

Our home visiting nurses give you access to hospital-style nursing care in the comfort of your own home, helping you as you recover after surgery.

Our nurses can provide care to help you recover with support in the comfort of your own home. Depending on your needs, their care can include wound dressing and administration of medications including IV antibiotics and anticoagulant therapies.