Orthopedics, also called orthopedic surgery, is an annex of general surgery practice. It specifically addresses conditions and illnesses associated with the body’s musculoskeletal system — which includes bones, tendons, joints, nerves, and muscles. Having once dealt primarily with children, orthopedic surgeons now have extended the practice to include all age groups, indiscriminately.
Based on the needs of patients, an orthopedic surgeon may provide either noninvasive treatment or perform surgical procedures to treat degenerative diseases, sports injuries, infections and many other musculoskeletal conditions. Two of the most common surgical procedures are knee and hip replacement.
When a patient’s knee becomes damaged beyond repair within the scope of normal surgical means, an orthopedic surgeon may perform knee replacement surgery. In this procedure, the weight bearing parts of the knee get replaced with cadaver pieces and artificial parts. Patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis who may have knee fragments disfigured as a result, also benefit from this surgery. Recovery time is long and intense. Physical rehabilitation is most times a mandatory part of recovery following surgery.
Similar to knee deterioration, hips can become damaged with long-term wear and abuse. Also, there is vulnerability to natural loss of bone mass that is a physiological by-product of aging. When the hip becomes severely damaged or unbearably painful to the exhaust of non-surgical methods to bring the patient relief, an orthopedic surgeon may replace the hip with an artificially manufactured one. With recent technological and procedural achievements, this particular surgery has been effective eliminating patients’ pain and restores any prior deprivation of movement in the joints.
Having gone through tumultuous, supplementary surgical training for several years following his completion of the Australian’s educational standard, Gregory (Greg) Finch, is an orthopedic surgeon endorsed by FRACS (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College) and is included in an elite group of qualified surgeons within “The Lucky Country.” He currently works at Sunshine Coastal Hospital and Health Service. Greg Finch started his career in Pediatric Orthopedics back in the early 90s at Shriners Hospital for Children.
While Greg Finch has skills in general orthopedics, his subspecialty is spinal orthopedics and trauma surgery. He has advanced skills in the areas of spinal decompression, spinal tumor surgery, cervical surgery and spinal stenosis, among others. Greg Finch has worked with some of the world’s leaders in the specialty of spine surgery beyond the borders of Australia, including the U.S. and Germany. Aside from his extensive and reputable work in his area of expertise, Greg Finch also conducts business in the field of medico-legal.