Orthopaedics & Sports Trauma

Knox Private Hospital operating theatres and dedicated orthopaedic wards are fully equipped to treat conditions requiring minor and major Orthopaedic intervention. 

Our team of 30 plus highly trained and experienced Orthopaedic surgeons sub-specialise in areas of the body such as Hand, Upper Limb (Elbow/ Shoulder), Hip & Knee, Foot and Ankle and in Sports Trauma.

Sub-specialties mean patients receive care by an Orthopaedic surgeon who has a special interest in/ whose area of expertise aligns with their condition.

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Patient injuries commonly involve fractures of bones or injuries to joints following a sporting accident. Injuries to a joint can involve injuries to soft tissues such as ligaments, tendons, or muscles.

Sports Trauma Clinic at Knox Private Hospital Emergency Department delivers a prompt, streamlined service for diagnosis and treatment of Sporting injuries.

When patients visit the Knox Emergency Department with Sports trauma, an examination of the injured area will be performed by an experienced Emergency physician who will arrange for tests including X-rays and if required CT scans, MRI scans, or ultrasound scans.

Our team of Orthopaedic surgeons are On-call to attend the Emergency Department 24 hours a day, if required.

Treatment of fractures may involve plaster or a splint and for more significant injuries, bracing or surgery.

Our surgeons are supported by state of the art equipment including the MAKO robot. Robotic surgery provides customised joint replacement to suit the individual’s anatomy, offers un-paralleled precision, is less invasive and often allows for a shorter recovery period.

Our specially trained Orthopaedic nurses and Allied health team undergo on-going training to remain at the forefront of the latest care and techniques.

Orthopaedic procedures performed at Knox Private Hospital include but are not limited to those listed below.

Total Hip Replacement:
Total hip replacement involves replacement of the neck of femur and acetabulum (pelvic cup), this procedure can be performed using a posterior or an anterior technique.

Many of the Knox Private hospital orthopaedic surgeons offer both posterior and anterior hip replacements. Anterior hip replacement surgery is less invasive, has less post-surgery physical restrictions which may allow for faster recovery.

Total Knee Replacement:
Total Knee replacement involves the replacement of the distal femur and the proximal tibia.

Knee Arthroscopy:
Knee arthroscopy involves inserting a small camera (arthroscope) into the knee to diagnose and repair problems in the knee joint.

Arthroscopies are commonly used to repair:

  • Meniscal tear
  • Infection
  • Loose cartilage
  • Removal of baker’s cyst

Trauma Surgery including:

  • Fractured hip
  • Fractured tibia/ fibula
  • Fractured radius/ ulnar
  • Fractured Patella (knee cap)
  • Fractured scapula/ Clavicle

Shoulder Replacement:
Shoulder replacement involves the replacement of the head of the humerus and the socket.

Shoulder Arthroscopy:
Shoulder arthroscopy involves inserting a small camera (arthroscope) into the Shoulder joint to diagnose and repair problems.

Hip Arthroscopy:
Hip arthroscopy involves inserting a small camera (arthroscope) into the hip to diagnose and repair problems in the hip joint.

Foot Surgery:

  • Metatarsal surgeries
  • Bunion surgery
  • Fracture repair
  • Achilles repair

Hand, Wrist & Elbow:

  • Wrist arthroscopy & TFCC pathology
  • Wrist instabilities (scapholunate, lunotriquetral, midcarpal)
  • Thumb & finger joint arthroscopy
  • Carpal tunnel release & nerve compression syndromes
  • Arthritis surgery including joint replacement
  • Hand & wrist trauma
  • Wrist fractures
  • Ligament Injuries
  • Scaphoid Fractures
  • Metacarpal and finger fractures
  • Tendon lacerations and avulsions
  • Dupuytren’s release
  • Elbow arthroscopy
  • Elbow trauma

Knox Private Hospital boasts 2 dedicated Orthopaedic wards accommodating more 60 patients at any time.

Nurse Unit Managers of both wards have each had 10+ years’ experience in orthopaedic and trauma surgery and are highly devoted to ensuring patient satisfaction and high-quality care experience.

The nursing staff take pride in their provision of individualised care and recovery. We have an orthopaedic educator on site to provide support and education to the staff. Staff are encouraged to attend specialised orthopaedic training run both on and off site. Healthscope in conjunction with the University of Tasmania offer post graduate degree in orthopaedic surgery.

Knox Private hospital takes a multi-disciplinary approach to patient care.

The multi-disciplinary team meet weekly to discuss each patient’s condition and personalised care.

Our team includes physiotherapists, dieticians, speech therapist, social workers, psychiatric liaison nurse, urology liaison nurse and wound specialists.

Knox Private also provide a daily meeting between the nursing staff and physiotherapist to ensure a tailored physiotherapy program and exercise regime for patients, ensure patient physical progression and the promotion of patient safety.

Allied health services support the recovery of patients having undergone procedures, from the most routine through to the most complex Orthopaedic operation.

These include programs at Knox Private for out-patients, delivered by ‘AchieveHealth’, programs at The Victorian Rehabilitation Centre for in-patients or at home by the Knox Private ‘Hospital in the home’ program.

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