Exhibition a chance to learn about orthopaedics
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.