Orthopaedic Procedures That Could Improve Your Quality of Life

Orthopaedic surgery is a specialised set of procedures that seek to treat ailments and defects in the musculoskeletal system. The bones, muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons are all a part of this system. As you can imagine, many problems can arise in these parts of our bodies, as they are constantly moving and often put under large amounts of strain. Orthopaedic procedures are indeed specialised in nature and several surgeries fall under this classification. Many orthopaedic procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, making day hospitals a great option when you are in need of treatment. Centurion Day Hospital is equipped to perform a number of orthopaedic procedures, with qualified orthopaedic surgeons available to diagnose and treat various ailments.

Open or Closed Reduction Treatment

When a patient has fractured a bone they might require surgery to reset the bones. After examining the X-rays of the fracture, an orthopaedic surgeon will determine whether an open- or closed reduction should be performed. Open reduction surgery is performed by making an incision above the fracture site. This allows the orthopaedic surgeon to adjust the fragments directly and enables them to insert screws, rods or plates to realign the fractured bone.
A closed reduction is nonoperative and is normally used to treat less complicated fractures. This orthopaedic procedure does not require an incision and the surgeon is able to realign the bones externally before applying a cast or splint.

Peripheral Nerve Surgery (Release of Painful Nerve)

The peripheral nervous system is made up of all the nerves in your arms, legs, face and chest. Injury to the peripheral nerves can lead to chronic pain and the entrapment of nerves can be difficult to treat without surgical intervention. Peripheral nerve surgery can be performed by an orthopaedic surgeon and it can be used to treat a number of conditions associated with nerve damage. Peripheral neuropathy (damage to the nerves) can be difficult to diagnose, as there is a range of symptoms associated with it. Patients should seek consultation with qualified surgeons if they are experiencing any associated symptoms.

Trigger Finger Release (Stiff or Cramped Finger Joint)

Trigger finger is the common term used to describe a condition caused by an inflamed tendon in the finger. This causes the tendon to contract and makes it difficult to extend the finger, leaving it in a constantly bent position. Trigger finger release, or tenolysis, is an orthopaedic procedure that is performed to release the tension in the tendon. A small incision is made above the swollen part of the tendon to release pressure and allow the patient to straighten their finger. This allows the tendon to glide more freely as there is more space available.

Contact Centurion Day Hospital to arrange a consultation with one of our orthopaedic surgeons if you are suffering from any musculoskeletal ailments. Our facilities are well equipped to perform numerous orthopaedic procedures that could greatly improve your quality of life. Feel free to visit our website for more information on our extensive range of procedures or book a consultation online to start your journey towards recovery.


Orthopaedic Surgery: Diagnosing and Treating Bone and Joint Pain

Orthopaedic surgeons are able to perform a number of surgical and non-surgical procedures focused on treating and preventing musculoskeletal disorders or trauma. Our bones and muscles inevitably degrade as our bodies age, and our movement becomes limited. Orthopaedic surgery is not only focused on correcting chronic defects but also endeavours to treat many of the injuries or ailments caused by old age. If these issues are addressed earlier in life, you reduce your risk later in life.

Let’s take a look at some common orthopaedic procedures:

Facet Joint Injection

A facet joint injection can be used to diagnose and treat patients that are experiencing joint pain in their back. The affected area is sterilised with an antibacterial solution and a local anaesthetic is injected into this area to numb the facet joint. Surgeons use imaging guidance to direct the needle to the exact spot. If the pain subsides it can be concluded that the joint is indeed what is causing the problem. This injection will only provide temporary pain relief and a mix of anti-inflammatory medicine is needed to deliver long term pain relief.

Ganglionectomy (Removal of Cyst on Hand)

A ganglion cyst is a fluid-filled sac that can form when a ligament or joint capsule herniates. These cysts most commonly form on the wrists and ankles, as these areas experience a lot of movement. These cysts can cause extreme pain in some cases where they press on the nerves of a patient. A ganglionectomy is performed on an outpatient basis and the surgery is relatively quick. After the cyst has been surgically removed the wound is stitched up and bandaged. Patients will have pain medication prescribed to them to mitigate any excessive pain.

Insertion or Removal of K-Wires

Kirschner wires, also known as K-wires, are strong wires that are used to repair bone fractures. These wires are used to hold bone fragments together to help with the healing process. During the procedure, a surgeon will insert the wires under the skin and tie together the pieces of the bone that have been separated. These wires are only temporary and will commonly be removed after three or four weeks. 

Make Centurion Day Hospital your chosen destination if you are in need of orthopaedic surgery! Our qualified surgeons perform a wide range of procedures in our state-of-the-art medical facilities. Feel free to browse our website for more information on any of our procedures, or contact us today to book a consultation


Orthopaedic Surgery – Understanding Different Orthopaedic Procedures

Orthopaedic surgery is quite a broad term used to describe several procedures that are generally focused on correcting bone and joint conditions. Orthopaedics as a whole is a field of study that concentrates on the movement of our bodies and the muscles, bones, joints, tendons and ligaments that facilitates movement. As our bodies age these parts of our body, known as the musculoskeletal system, will degenerate slowly. As the muscles and tendons start to become weaker the likelihood of sustaining an injury to the joints increases.

Many people will indeed require orthopaedic surgery due to acute conditions caused by the effects of ageing, but there are also a number of chronic conditions that orthopaedic surgeons can address. 

Let’s have a look at some of the Orthopedic procedures commonly performed:

Tenotomy – Ankle Tendon Lengthening

Individuals with an atypical foot can experience a contracture of the Achilles tendon, which can lead to muscle spasticity and chronic pain in the foot. A contracted muscle could also lead to poor posture and cause even more discomfort in the future. During tenotomy surgery, an orthopaedic surgeon lengthens the Achilles tendon by making small cuts on the tendons to relieve tension on the tendon, when the tendon heals it then retains the new length. This procedure has also been effective at treating clubfoot as it improves the flexibility of the ankle and corrects the positioning of the foot.

Arthroscopy – Joint Diagnostic and Repair

During an arthroscopy, a surgeon uses a very small camera to inspect the inside of a patient’s joint. A small incision is made and the device is manoeuvred to the affected site, giving the surgeon a close-up view of whatever may be causing the patient discomfort. In some cases, the surgeon is able to correct the problem using small instruments within the arthroscope tube. An arthroscopy can be used to diagnose ailments within both the knee and shoulder joints.  

Carpal Tunnel Release

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve, which runs through the wrist, is compressed. This can lead to numbness in the hand and the condition tends to worsen over time. A carpal tunnel release procedure can be used to relieve pressure on the median nerve if it becomes compressed by bones or ligaments. An incision is made in the palm of your hand and the carpal tunnel ligament is then cut to reduce the tension on the nerves while also increasing the size of the tunnel.

Various orthopaedic procedures are performed at Centurion Day Hospital’s state of the art facilities daily. Our professional team of staff members are dedicated to providing the best possible care to all of our patients. Book a consultation with one of our qualified surgeons today, or browse our website for more information on any of the procedures performed at our facility.