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 Subiaco Hospital

St John of God Subiaco Hospital is the centre of practice for many of Perth’s leading orthopaedic surgeons.

Our surgeons provide exceptional patient care across a comprehensive range of orthopaedic services and have a diverse range of sub-specialist expertise covering all aspects of surgery from spinal injuries to robotic-assisted joint replacements.

They are also involved in our growing body of orthopaedic research to ensure that you have access to latest treatments and care.

As a collective, our specialists provide orthopaedic services to all of the major sporting teams in Perth – reflecting their leading and respected reputation.

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

Our surgeons use the best available technology and enjoy convenient access to the latest imaging equipment via our onsite radiology provider, SKG.

We were the first private health care facility in Western Australia to use the Mako Orthopaedic Robot.

Installed in 2015, the Mako is used by ten of our orthopaedic surgeons to perform partial knee replacements, total knee and hip replacements, and enables a more predictable surgical experience when performing joint replacement surgery.

The device is used to generate a 3D model of the patient’s joint prior to surgery. This allows surgeons to pre-plan their patient’s surgery based on their specific anatomy.

During the procedure, the surgeon guides the Mako's robotic-arm according to the patient’s plan and 3D model.

In May 2019, we were the first facility in Australia to perform 1,000 procedures using the device.

As a patient, you will also benefit from the convenience of on-site pathology, radiology, and pharmacy services.

Knowing what to expect when you come to hospital for orthopaedic surgery can help you and your family prepare for your upcoming admission.

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.

Your hospital admission starts after your surgeon has confirmed your upcoming procedure.

You can complete your admission online.

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

Rehabilitation after orthopaedic surgery starts while you are in hospital.

Your allied health team, including physiotherapists and occupational therapists, work with our nurses and doctors to help you manage your pain and get you moving.

Your rehabilitation may continue at our hospital as an outpatient, with a range of physiotherapy and occupational therapy providers located conveniently onsite. You can also access our hydrotherapy pool to help you get moving after surgery, particularly after hip and knee surgery.

Located on our hospital’s campus, SportsMed Subiaco is one of the state’s leading sports injury facilities, and offers excellence in the diagnosis and management of sporting-related injuries via physicians, physiotherapists, and massage and pilates therapists.

You can see our full list of rehabilitation services at St John of God Subiaco 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.