Orthopaedics

Treatment of bone, joint and muscle conditions

St Vincent’s Private Hospitals offer a wide range of orthopaedic related services, for details of the orthopaedic services at your local St Vincent’s Private Hospital, click here.


Orthopaedic specialists treat problems affecting bones, joints and muscles

If you have painful arthritis or an injury or tumour affecting a bone or joint, your GP may suggest you see an orthopaedic specialist for an opinion about the best way to treat the problem. 

At St Vincent’s we have orthopaedic teams who specialise in many areas. As well as joint replacement surgeries, they also perform orthopaedic procedures for sports injuries, tumours and reconstructive surgeries.

Our treatment options

Knee and hip replacements

Arthritis can cause painful degenerative changes in a joint. An injury or fall can damage a knee or hip joint. When other options aren’t practical, replacing a damaged joint with an artificial one can provide a long-term solution that restores your mobility and quality of life. 

Although it still takes time to fully recover, our staff may encourage you to stand and even walk a few steps the same day or the day after your surgery.

Other joints can also be replaced

Shoulder joint replacement

Total shoulder joint replacement is often recommended when a shoulder joint is damaged by arthritis or injury. 

Foot and ankle surgery

Surgery can correct a painful bunion by realigning your big toe. Ankle sprains can cause permanent damage to cartilage, ligaments and tendons. Arthroscopic ankle surgery can be an option that will get you back on your feet.

Our orthopaedic teams

Helping to ensure you receive the best possible treatment and care is a team of dedicated, specially-trained orthopaedic nurses, physiotherapists  radiologists, dietitians, rehabilitation physicians and occupational therapists.

They will work together as a team to meet your needs, keep you safe and help speed your return to mobility.

Operations
Our orthopaedic services

Our orthopaedic services

Please check your relevant hospital below for their specific services. **Not all services are available at all hospitals.

At St Vincent’s our orthopaedic services include:

  • Joint replacement or reconstruction
  • Reconstructive surgery following trauma
  • Complex revision (re-doing of) a previous joint replacement
  • Arthroscopic knee and ligament reconstruction
  • Reconstructive surgery of the foot and ankle
  • Shoulder and elbow, hand and wrist surgery
  • Spinal surgery
  • Limb lengthening surgery**
  • Musculoskeletal oncology
  • Bone transplantation and allografting

Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is a vital part of your recovery 

Rehabilitation helps you regain independence and confidence as well as helping you to avoid injuries in the future. Our rehabilitation team including physicians, physiotherapists and occupational therapists will guide you each step of the way as you regain your strength. 

Ask about any inpatient or outpatient, individual and group rehabilitation sessions that you can access through your hospital.

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Disclaimer

This information is of a general nature, which may not be relevant to you. Any surgery or invasive procedure carries risk. We encourage you to speak with your doctor about your condition.

Find a hospital near you offering orthopaedic services

At the Fitzroy hospital our orthopaedic surgeons undertake a wide range of procedures and treat problems affecting shoulders, hips, knees, ankles and hands as well as arthroscopy.

Robotic-arm assisted surgery for implants
Our operating rooms are equipped with the Mako Stryker system. Stryker’s robotic-arm assisted surgery is a minimally invasive treatment option. The robotic arm is controlled by the surgeon and allows for tactile, auditory and visual feedback. It limits the amount of bone preparation required. It provides customised positioning of your implant with the ability to make real time adjustments so it fits you precisely. 

Specialist nurses
Helping to ensure your full recovery following orthopaedic surgery at St Vincent’s is a team of dedicated, specially qualified nurses.

Management of complex patients is supported by ICU 
Our intensive care unit (ICU) provides complex 24-hour medical and nursing care, as well as specialised equipment for patients requiring a higher level of care. 

Sarcoma reconstructive surgery (3D bone modelling)
Surgical management of sarcoma tumours can be complex. Our orthopaedic surgeons are skilled at complex resections and 3D bone modelling to achieve optimum results.

Hand surgery (Victorian Hand Surgery Associates)
Our specialist hand surgeons treat a wide range of hand-related problems including arthritis, trauma, sports injuries, hand reconstruction, peripheral nerve surgery, microsurgery, free tissue transfer, paediatric and brachial plexus surgery.

Your GP can refer you to one of our orthopaedic surgeons.

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Our Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has surgeons with multiple sub-specialties including hip and knee, shoulder and elbow and foot and ankle surgery. 

We perform approximately 1,000 joint replacements per year across the St Vincent’s Campus, meaning our specialists are continually utilising their surgical skills which we believe translates to better outcomes.

We perform computer assisted knee and hip surgery, medial unicompartmental arthroplasty surgery and complex revision surgery with computer generated patient specific implants. 

High patient satisfaction
Our success rates for procedures such as total knee replacement is largely determined by patient satisfaction, for many years we have consistently scored above 95% in self-reported patient satisfaction. Our infection rate for joint replacements is one of the lowest in Australia at 0.3%, compared to the accepted rate worldwide of 1%. 

We do everything possible to avoid infection. This begins before you even arrive at the hospital: we ask you to take a shower at home with chlorhexidine. 

We have dedicated joint surgery operating rooms. We wear speciality designed operating suits and employ of meticulous surgical technique with minimal soft tissue trauma, sealing wounds with dissolving sutures and wound glue, and controlling bleeding.

Onsite recovery support 
Our 12-bed rehabilitation ward has single ensuite rooms, a hydrotherapy pool and gym. We offer both inpatient rehabilitation and day therapy programs for you to optimise your health.

Your GP can refer you to one of our orthopaedic surgeons.

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At St Vincent’s Private Hospital, East Melbourne, our 11 operating theatres are equipped with the latest technology and instruments to support our surgeons in providing the best treatment plan for you and to help you achieve the best outcome. 

Our orthopaedic surgeons undertake a wide range of procedures and treat problems affecting shoulders, hips, knees, ankles and hands as well as arthroscopy and paediatric limb-lengthening.

Robotic-arm assisted surgery for implants
We are one of the first hospitals in Victoria to have the Mako Stryker system. Stryker’s robotic-arm assisted surgery is a minimally invasive treatment option. The robotic arm is controlled by the orthopaedic surgeon and allows for tactile, auditory and visual feedback. It limits the amount of bone preparation required. It provides customised positioning of your implant with the ability to make real time adjustments so it fits you precisely. 

A team of allied health professionals
Our surgeons are supported by a multidisciplinary team, including physiotherapists, dieticians, podiatrists and occupational therapists. Our staff members share information and have open communication with you and your family or carers to optimise your care. 

Flexible rehabilitation options
Our purpose-built on-site inpatient rehabilitation facilities provide assistance when you’re recovering and reconditioning from surgery and injury.

Daily contact with your specialist
As a patient you’ll receive a daily visit by your orthopaedic specialist.

Facilities for you convenience
Our orthopaedic surgeons have consulting rooms on site and nearby. With on-site radiology, pathology and pharmacy facilities, you can have your imaging, blood tests and medications available within the hospital.

Your GP can refer you to one of our orthopaedic surgeons.

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Our leading orthopaedic hospital
The Mater is one of the southern hemisphere's busiest orthopaedic departments and St Vincent's Health Australia's leading orthopaedic hospital.

We treat acute and chronic injuries, sporting and work related injuries, performing over 2,100 joint replacements a year (an average of over 40 joint replacements each week!) 

Accelerated joint replacement recovery program
We have researched and developed an accelerated recovery program for certain types of joint replacement surgeries which can reduce the time you spend in hospital and enable a faster return to your normal activities.

Flexible physiotherapy and rehabilitation options
To aid your recovery, we offer extended hours for physiotherapy and a choice of inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation.

Full-time orthopaedic registrar
The Mater has a full-time orthopaedic registrar, which is unique in a private hospital setting.

Clinical research and education
Our orthopaedic surgeons are involved in extensive clinical research and education. They are supported by skilled nurses with specialised orthopaedic qualifications.

Orthopaedic services are one of the focal services of the Mater Hospital and we’re the only Australian Hospital to be accepted into the International Society of Orthopaedic Centres, satisfying the prerequisites of being a high volume leader of orthopaedic services, clinical research and education.

Your GP can refer you to one of our orthopaedic surgeons.

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Our specialists operate using the very latest surgical techniques and advanced surgical robotic systems to ensure precision and optimal surgical outcomes.

Following orthopaedic surgery, expert treatment by our specially trained physiotherapists will help you to get moving, mobile and back to living your life. Your specialist may recommend you start physiotherapy as early as the same day as your operation.

We are driven by a person-centred approach and recommend treatment options that will deliver only the best outcomes.

Your GP can refer you to one of our orthopaedic surgeons.

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Our orthopaedic surgeons perform a wide range of procedures and treat problems affecting shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles and feet in our 5 operating theatres.

Specialist nurses
Helping to ensure your full recovery following orthopaedic surgery at St Vincent’s is a team of dedicated, specially qualified nurses.

Postoperative physiotherapy and rehabilitation options
Our surgeons are supported by a multidisciplinary team, including physiotherapists, hand therapists and occupational therapists as required. Our staff members share information and have open communication with you and your family or carers to optimise your care. 

Hand surgery 
Our specialist hand surgeons treat a wide range of hand-related problems including arthritis, trauma, sports injuries, hand reconstruction, peripheral nerve surgery, microsurgery, free tissue transfer, paediatric and brachial plexus surgery.

Daily contact with your specialist
As a patient you’ll receive a daily visit by your orthopaedic specialist.

Facilities for your convenience
Our surgeons have consulting rooms on site or nearby. With on-site radiology, you can have your imaging done within the hospital. 

Your GP can refer you to one of our orthopaedic surgeons.

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At St Vincent’s Private Hospital Werribee, our Orthopaedic Surgeons perform joint replacement surgeries including hip, knee, ankle, wrist, shoulder and elbow. Additionally, we offer other Orthopaedic interventions including sport injuries, tumour and reconstructive surgery, offering a wide range of orthopaedic procedures.

We have on-site consulting rooms, pathology, radiology, state-of-the-art surgical theatres, physiotherapy and other post-operative services. 

Our orthopaedic ward is staffed by experienced, qualified nurses. They are supported by a multidisciplinary team, including physiotherapists, social workers, dieticians, and occupational therapists. 

We offer inpatient rehabilitation services if requested by your specialist.

What we offer
  • Hip and knee surgery
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Wrist and hand surgery
  • Shoulder and elbow surgery
  • Post-operative rehabilitation

Your GP can refer you to one of our orthopaedic surgeons.

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St Anne’s Unit is our 35-bed orthopaedic ward providing comprehensive care for people with a range of orthopaedic problems

Highly qualified staff
Our orthopaedic ward is staffed by experienced, qualified nurses. Their compassionate care is combined with extensive orthopaedic experience including post-graduate qualified experts in orthopaedic trauma management, orthopaedic surgical management, acute pain management and education. The unit has a dedicated fracture liaison clinical nurse, specialising in fractured neck of femur management, rehabilitation and service procurement. The unit is supported by a multidisciplinary team, including physiotherapists, dieticians, podiatrists and occupational therapists.

Daily contact with your specialist
As a patient you’ll receive a daily visit by your orthopaedic specialist, (usually between 6am and 8am).

Pre-admission hospital tours
St Anne’s Unit provides pre-operative education sessions for total joint replacements including a ward tour, introduction of staff and familiarising you with medical equipment and types of treatment. 

Help with leaving hospital
The ward has two dedicated discharge planners who will be able to assist you to ensure you have appropriate services or aids for your return home.

Your GP can refer you to one of our orthopaedic surgeons.

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At St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Griffith, we perform knee, hip and shoulder replacement, joint arthroscopy, hand, food and ankle surgery, and anterior cruciate ligament repairs. 

We also provide elective surgery for trauma, carpel tunnel syndrome and Dupuytrens contractures.

Your GP can refer you to one of our orthopaedic surgeons.

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