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 Murdoch Hospital

We have an extensive range of high calibre orthopaedic specialists who choose to work at St John of God Murdoch Hospital. Our surgeons have access to our well-equipped facilities including robotic-assist joint replacement systems, with a number of our surgeons undertaking rigorous specialty training to become accredited to use these systems in theatre.

Our surgeons also take part in our growing body of orthopaedic research.

Browse our Find a specialist search to choose the orthopaedic surgeon who suits your needs.

St John of God Murdoch Hospital is a leading provider of orthopaedic services in Western Australia.

Our theatres are equipped with the latest technology. Robotic-assisted orthopaedic surgery, available at St John of God Murdoch Hospital, allows surgeons to use minimally-invasive techniques and provide a highly accurate positioning of joint replacement prosthesis.

Robotic-assisted surgery has been used around the world for many years with proven results, which can include; a minimally invasive procedure, fast recovery and little post-operative pain.

St John of God Murdoch Hospital is a leader in robotic-assisted orthopaedic surgery and with two systems available; the MAKOplasty Robotic Assisted Joint Replacement and the Navio Surgical System.

The systems work by creating 3D model of your joint, which helps the surgeon to precisely plan the size, placement and alignment of your implant.

During surgery, a robotic arm provides measurements and visualisation of your unique anatomy for your surgeon to assess.

As your surgeon guides the robotic arm in theatre, the technology provides feedback to facilitate accurate removal of the worn cartilage and bone. It also provides real time adjustments and implant positioning and placement.

MAKOplasty® Robotic Assisted Joint Replacement can be used for the following procedures at St John of God Murdoch Hospital:

  • full knee replacement
  • partial knee replacement
  • hip replacement

Navio Surgical System can be used for the following procedures at St John of God Murdoch Hospital:

  • full knee replacement
  • partial knee replacement

In addition to our surgical, post-operative care, St John of God Murdoch Hospital also has pathology, radiology, physiotherapy and pharmacy services conveniently co-located on site.

Our caregivers help you prepare for your procedure in the lead up to your hospital visit and throughout your admission to ensure you feel supported and confident at each step.

If you are considering surgery but not sure of your potential gap fees or out-of-pocket expenses, you can call the Murdoch helpline and one of our caregivers will answers any questions you may have.

Once your specialist has confirmed your upcoming procedure, you can complete admission online, through My Admission.

You can also find out more about what to expect when you come to hospital:

Your rehabilitation after orthopaedics surgery starts in hospital with support from your allied health team.

Physiotherapists work with our nurses and your doctor to support you to return to your usual activities. More information about what to expect after surgery will be provided before you come to hospital, as a part of your discharge planning.

Browse our full list of rehabilitation services at St John of God Murdoch Hospital.

Your rehabilitation continues when you return home. 

Home visiting nurses

You can choose to have our home visiting nurses come to your home to care for you after your hospital stay to help you recover.
Our nurses can provide a range of services tailored to meet your needs including wound care and administering IV antibiotics or anti-coagulation treatment.

Rehabilitation in the home

Our team of home visiting physiotherapists and occupational therapists, as well as other allied health clinicians such as dietitians and speech pathologists, can come to your house to help you recover and build up strength after orthopaedic surgery
You do not need a referral to access this care, you can simply contact us to book your first visit.

Learn more at our patient information seminars

Our free patient information seminars are run by top specialists and cover a range of topics. They are designed to help community members better understand the treatment options, procedures and services on offer at St John of God Murdoch Hospital.

Find out more and register now!

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