Orthopaedic Trauma accounts for a significant proportion of hospital admissions every year. In Adelaide, and the greater South Australian region, orthopaedic surgery accounts for half of the surgery performed in emergency operating theatres. Surgeons must be specifically trained in orthopaedic trauma surgery in order to provide patients with the best care.
Fracture fixation is highly specific for each individual case. Unlike surgery that is “elective” (i.e. Total Hip Replacements, and Total Knee Replacements), emergency trauma usually needs to be performed in order for a patient to walk or move again normally. Often, the extent of the injury determines how much surgery is required, or even whether surgery is required.
Surgeons at Adelaide Orthopaedic and Trauma Specialists are specifically trained in trauma management and bring worldwide experience to the care of simple and complex fractures and trauma. The aim of this management is to bring patients back to as close to their pre-injury state as possible. To obtain a good idea of a patient’s long term outcome, surgeons at Adelaide Orthopaedic and Trauma Specialists review the history, examination findings and all relevant investigations.
The history of how an injury occurred gives clues as to what structures may be damaged, and focus the examination towards those areas so none are missed. The examination process enables a surgeon to assess the extent of the injury, and determine if the soft tissue envelope is suitable for performing surgery. Investigations such as X-Rays and CT scans or MRI’s allow the surgeon to view what is happening to the bones and soft tissue under the skin so that surgery can be planned.
It is extremely important to plan surgery. Orthopaedic surgery can often be performed in minimally invasive methods, in order to minimise muscle damage and hasten rehabilitation. Dr Chien-Wen Liew is a specialists in muscle preserving approaches and utilises his overseas experiences in his trauma and elective surgery. Dr Justin Munt has a large interest in injuries around the knee and trained extensively in knee injuries whilst in Sydney.
For more information, please contact the rooms of Dr Chien-Wen Liew on 7325 4850 or Dr Justin Munt on 7325 4840. All surgeons at Adelaide Orthopaedic and Trauma Specialists perform surgery. To make an appointment with any surgeon at AOTS, please contact the general number on 7325 4800.