Orthopaedics & Hand Surgery

Introduction

Orthopaedics is the medical specialty that focuses on injuries and diseases of your body’s musculoskeletal system, which is made up of bones, muscles, joints and ligaments.  Aging, trauma, poor posture or high-impact sports can all cause injuries to these areas of the body.

FV Hospital provides a multi-disciplinary team of consultant orthopaedic surgeons, nurses, physiologists and occupational therapists to help patients return to an active and pain-free lifestyle.  With our focus on expertise, speed, technology and patient-centric care, we are with our patients every step of the way on their road to recovery.

The Orthopaedics and Hand Surgery outpatient clinics are located in the Surgical Centre on the 3rd floor of the V Building.

Patients can be admitted either in the Day Ward for day-care surgical procedures or in the Surgical Ward for procedures requiring hospitalisation.

 

General Orthopaedics

  • Sport injuries and trauma
  • Knee pathology such as Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) rupture, Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) rupture, meniscus tears, cartilage lesions, unstable kneecap, patellar fracture and other common knee injuries. Treatment techniques include knee arthroscopy, and partial (unicondylar) and total knee joint replacements
  • Knee arthroscopy is a surgical procedure that allows an orthopaedic surgeon to diagnose and treat knee disorders by providing a clear view of the inside of the knee. After making small incisions, using a pencil-sized instrument called an arthroscope, the surgeon can see an image of your knee that is transmitted through a small camera, via optic fibres, to a television monitor. The TV image allows the surgeon to thoroughly examine the interior of your knee and determine the source of your problem. During the procedure, the surgeon can also insert surgical instruments through other small incisions in your knee to remove or repair damaged tissues.
  • Your orthopaedic surgeon might use this procedure to diagnose and treat:
    • Torn ligaments including the anterior (ACL reconstruction) and posterior cruciate ligaments (PCL reconstruction)
    • Abnormal alignment or instability of the kneecap
    • A torn meniscus
    • Loose fragments of bone or cartilage
    • Damaged joint surfaces or softening of the articular cartilage known as chondromalacia
    • Inflammation of the synovial membrane, such as rheumatoid or gouty arthritis
  • Hip surgery: treatment of dislocation, fractures, osteonecrosis
  • Hip replacement
  • Legs, ankles and feet: arthritis, broken leg, sprained ankle, tendonitis, heel pain, hallux valgus (“bunions”), intoeing, ingrown toenails
  • Musculoskeletal tumours
  • Paediatric orthopaedics
  • Spine surgery: chronic low back pain, herniated disc (Slipped Disc), spinal stenosis, degenerative spondylolisthesis

Hand Surgery

Treating the hand and upper limb means that hand surgeons tend to the fingertips, the shoulder, and everything in between.

The breadth of hand surgeon care includes:

  • Hand injuries and upper limb trauma (fractures and sprains, tendon injury, nerve injury)
  • Chronic disorders such as Dupuytren’s contracture, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, tendinitis, De Quervain’s tenosynovitis (trigger finger)
  • Arthritis including inflammatory, rheumatoid arthritis, age-related, and trauma-related
  • Shoulder conditions such as impingement, rotator cuff tear, calcium deposits, acromio-clavicular separation, shoulder dislocation, Bankart lesion and frozen shoulder, using physiotherapy, injections, shoulder arthroscopic surgery
  • Shoulder joint replacement
  • Congenital anomalies such as extra fingers or absence of fingers, radial clubhand, syndactyly
  • Vascular anomalies of the hand and wrist

Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Department – our therapists assist patients in restoring their mobility, functionality and independence on a one-to-one basis.

 

The Orthopaedics and Hand Surgery outpatient clinics are located in the Surgical Centre on the 3rd floor of the V Building.

Patients can be admitted either in the Day Ward for day-care surgical procedures or in the Surgical Ward for procedures requiring hospitalisation.

The Imaging Department is equipped with a CT scanner, a 1.5 Tesla MRI and a Bone Densitometer.

In the Operating Theatre, the key equipment in orthopedic surgery is as follows:

C-Arm from GE Healthcare – A C-Arm is a precise and accurate mobile X-ray imaging system used in surgical procedures. FV Hospital benefits from the OEC 9900, one of the best C-Arm systems available internationally. It offers high-quality multiple images at a minimum dose and, thanks to its active cooling and heat monitoring indicators, is ideally suited for extensive surgical procedures.

Arthroscopy System from Stryker – Arthroscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure which provides examination and treatments on joints such as the knee, hip, shoulder, elbow or ankle. FV Hospital’s arthroscopes are each supported by high definition (HD), 3 chip CCD camera systems and an advanced LED light source, providing detailed images to assist surgeons in all procedures. The system is further aided by an arthroscopy pump which provides irrigation for joints, and is able to maintain joint pressure.

Shaver System from Stryker – Stryker’s technological supported shaving system is used in arthroscopy procedures to abrade or remove bone, and accomplish the debridement of soft tissues. Fitted with a host of safety features such as a blade recognition system, easy irrigation compatibility, automatic optimal cutting speed and direction selection, it provides power and precision to offer maximum performance during a surgical procedure.

In addition, the surgeons use a number of high precision drills, bars and saws with varying speed and oscillating frequency, each suitable for special types of bones depending on their structure, size and characteristics.

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