Arthroplasty Surgery

RGH provides an up-to-date, state-of-the art management of the complete patient journey for patients with arthritis of the hip and knee.  This includes early review of all referred patients, conservative treatement education, prioritisation of patients once on the waiting list, education programs for all patients with arthritis and long term follow up of patients who have undergone arthroplasty surgery.  RGH is also at the coal face of providing mobile assessment clinics for the management of patients with arthritis, to maximise treatment options for patients close to their home.  RGH remains the largest provider of arthroplasty services in the Public Sector in South Australia with a model of care that is being accessed across the Public Sector in  other States in Australia at this time.  Ongoing audit and ongoing review of current practices keeps RGH arthroplasty service at the forefront of arthroplasty management in Australia.

We provide Fellowships in Arthroplasty and Trauma


Hand, Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

The Director of the Orthopaedic Hand and Upper Limb Service is Dr Nicholas Wallwork. 

We have approximately 2000 acute hand injury admissions to the hospital and the clinic has approximately 5000 outpatient attendances a year.  The clinics also have a multidisciplinary approach with the presence of an Occupational Therapist and a Physiotherapist.

We have a comprehensive Shoulder and Elbow Service.   This service is conducted at the Repatriation General Hospital.


Paediatric orthopaedics

The Paediatric Clinic has been supported by Dr Bruce Foster from the Adelaide Womens and  Childrens Hospital and Associate Professor Ruurd Jaarsma, Director of Orthopaedic Trauma at Flinders Medical Centre  There is a good link and liaison between the Flinders Medical Centre Paediatric Orthopaedic Service and that of the Adelaide Womens and Childrens Hospital.


Ortho-Geriatric rehabilitation rervice

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has a strong liaison with the Department of Aged Care and Rehabilitaion. We have established regular ward rounds by the Geriatricians to supervise the management of patients on the Orthopaedic Unit.


Sports Medicine

The Sports Injury Service is provided by several specialist with and interest in sports injuries.  These clinics are run weekly at the RGH in conjunction with two Sports Physicians.  The Sports Injury Service concentrates mainly on arthroscopic surgery of the knee, ankle and shoulder and there is a relatively high volume of arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions.


Trauma surgery

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery plays a major role in the management of trauma in this institution and it is the Trauma Centre for the Southern Region of Adelaide, servicing a population of 600,000 people. We have approximately 2500 trauma admissions per year to the Unit and our Outpatient Trauma Clinics service approximately 12,000 patients per year. We have a dedicated Trauma List daily to help assist in the management of trauma.  In conjunction we have a daily trauma management meeting including an education session at this meeting.

FMC has a helicopter retrieval system to retrieve multiple trauma patients from the country areas.

We provide a Trauma Fellowship with both clinical and operative and research experience.

Associate Professor Rudi Jaarsma, Director of Orthopaedic Trauma


 Foot and Ankle Surgery

This service is run by Dr Chi Gooi and Dr Chris Brown.  Elective surgery and clinics are based at the Repatriation General Hospital and trauma Foot and Ankle Clinic at the Flinders Medical Centre.  A comprehensive service is covered


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