The department of orthopedics, with two orthopedic surgeons, is an experienced team fully qualified in orthopedics. Two of the surgeons are on the Specialist Register. They are trained and experienced in modern orthopedic medical & surgical treatment.
The orthopedic surgeons are dealing with all aspects of the field. All major elective procedures such as hip and knee replacements, knee and shoulder arthroscopies, limb length and limb deformity correction with Ilizarov external fixatos, spinal surgery and pediatric orthopedics are being done here. The orthopedic unit provides 24/7 trauma services and covers all aspects of trauma including pelvic and acetabular fracture fixation, intramedullary nailing, management of open and closed fractures etc.
The unit has recently been moved to new wards where rooms and standard of care are of the highest quality with specific attention to avoidance of infection. The ward is staffed by nurses specially trained in orthopedics. A physiotherapist with special training in orthopedic rehabilitation has been dedicated for patients’ postoperative rehabilitation.
As orthopedic surgery involves joint replacements and implant insertions such as nails and plates, it is absolutely essential to pay meticulous attention to aseptic conditions. The new elective orthopedic theatre has international standard laminar air flow. This is essential to minimize the risk of infection in orthopedic surgical cases such as joint replacement and implant surgery. In near future new orthopedic theatres are going to be handed over to the hospital. These new theatres are designed at the highest international standards.
The equipment needed in orthopedic surgery has to be of the highest standards. The newly acquired equipment includes an operating table that can be used to take X-rays during the surgery. Inventory of the instruments used in orthopedic surgery has been renewed. Disposable surgical gowns and drapes are being used during surgeries to further minimize the risk of infection. Recently, a new Image Intensifir has been acquired by the hospital. This is a specialized X-ray machine that is used to see the position of bones and implants during operation.
Major offerings at Orthopedics include:
(1).Management of simple and complex fractures and dislocations with internal and external fixation
(2).Limb deformity correction and length eningvia Ilizarov external fixators Joint replacements including Total Knee, Hip and Shoulder replacements Arthroscopy of the knee, ankle and shoulder joint
(3).Fixation of complex Pelvic injuries
(4).Pediatric Orthopedic surgery including Developmental Dysplasia of Hip, Congenital Hip Dislocations, Club foot management by Ponsetti Technique and surgical club foot correction and many other congenital deformities
This progressive orthopedic department is in the process for recognition for Post Graduate training and soon will be joined by a fourth Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon who is fully qualified and has most of his training in Ireland & UK.