Ex­hi­bi­tion a chance to learn about or­thopaedics

Geraldton Guardian - - NEWS -

A trav­el­ling or­thopaedics ex­hi­bi­tion show­cas­ing the his­tory of Aus­tralian or­thopaedic surgery will be in Ger­ald­ton un­til Sun­day.

The free ex­hibit is hosted by St John of God Ger­ald­ton Hospi­tal, which per­forms about 700 or­thopaedic surg­eries a year.

Res­i­dents will be able to see pros­thet­ics, bones, frac­tures, sur­gi­cal tools and dis­plays of how or­thopaedic surg­eries were per­formed in wartime.

At­ten­dees can also learn about sports in­jury preven­tion, the evo­lu­tion of joint re­place­ment, changes in how frac­tures are treated, and con­tem­po­rary use of 3D print­ing, ro­bot­ics, com­puter nav­i­ga­tion and cus­tomis­ing im­plants.

St John of God man­ager re­gional hos­pi­tals Mark Grime said the ex­hi­bi­tion would teach Mid West res­i­dents about or­thopaedic surgery avail­able in Ger­ald­ton.

“Re­gional pa­tients of­ten travel to Perth for spe­cial­ist surgery, how­ever some care and surgery such as hip and knee re­place­ment surgery, can be pro­vided closer to home,” Mr Grime said.

Or­thopaedics is the branch of medicine re­lated to the mus­cu­lar and skele­tal sys­tems, which give hu­mans mo­bil­ity.

About 1.2 mil­lion joint re­place­ment pro­ce­dures have been per­formed at Aus­tralian hos­pi­tals since 1999.

Ger­ald­ton's two res­i­dent or­thopaedic sur­geons, Dr Lor­can McGona­gle and Dr Aman Singh, said dur­ing their sur­gi­cal ca­reers there had been ma­jor ad­vances in pros­thet­ics, sur­gi­cal tech­niques, equip­ment and imag­ing.

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