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 Geelong Hospital

At St John of God Geelong Hospital we provide comprehensive care for a range of orthopaedic conditions led by our experienced and diverse orthopaedic surgeons, who have multiple sub speciality areas of interest.

Find an orthopaedic surgeon who suits your needs through our Find a specialist search.

At St John of God Geelong Hospital, your orthopaedic care starts in our modern theatres which are well-equipped with the latest technologies available.

Whether you are staying overnight or going home soon after surgery, you can rest and start your recovery in our well-appointed hospital rooms. This includes the choice to stay in a private room with ensuite.

Our nurses and allied health professionals guide you and provide expert, compassionate care in the first hours and days after surgery.

Becoming familiar with what will happen when you came to hospital can help you feel more comfortable and prepared for your upcoming admission.

Our guides let you know what to expect at each step along the way:

Once your orthopaedic surgery is complete, we take you to your hospital room where you start to relax and recover.

Our multidisciplinary team is focused on starting your rehabilitation as soon as possible and will monitor your pain and work with you to start increasing your range of movement.

As a patient at St John of God Geelong Hospital, you can access our rehabilitation services, which includes our hydrotherapy pool and rehabilitation gym.

Your orthopaedic surgeon and our multidisciplinary team, including physiotherapists, occupational therapists and exercise physiologists, work closely together to get you moving.

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.