The branch of medicine that ministers to problems that impact bones and muscles is known as orthopedic surgery.
A medical specialist, such as an orthopedist or orthopedic surgeon, is trained to handle difficulties that arise in the bones, joints and ligaments of the human body. Treatments span from traction to joint replacements as well as treating broken bones and dislocations.
Carpal tunnel syndrome and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are among two of the most common orthopedic surgical procedures.
With carpal tunnel syndrome numbness, tingling and weakness may arise in the hand and fingers due to pressure on the median nerve in the wrist as the nerve controls feeling and movement to the thumb.
The surgical procedure, which is usually an outpatient procedure, cuts into the ligament that is pressing on the nerve. There are two types of procedures, the traditional method in which the surgeon cuts open the wrist and the endoscopic procedure which involves a thin tube positioned in the wrist through a tiny incision. The tube contains a camera that directs the doctor as the surgery is done with thin tools.
Many orthopedic surgeons use surgery for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries which involve reconstructing or repairing the ACL. The most common grafts are autografts using part of the body, such as one of the hamstring tendons.
The surgery is carried out by making small incisions in the knee and inserting instruments for surgery through the incisions. Depending on the injury, a large incision in the knee may be required and this is referred to as open surgery.
While Australian orthopedic surgeon Greg Finch is trained in all facets of spinal surgery, he has a special interest in minimally invasive spine surgery.
Greg Finch’s advanced skills take in cervical spinal surgery, spinal decompression and spinal curvature.
Greg Finch received his training at MBChB Auckland Medical School and the FRAC Royal College Surgeons. Greg Finch currently works Sunshine Coastal Hospital and Health Service.