Orthopedic surgeries involve muscles and skeleton of a person (musculoskeletal problems). These operations are performed in a case of various conditions or injuries. The majority of these surgeries are performed on the knee, hip, elbow, ankle, shoulder and the spine.
Dr. Greg Finch, an Australian orthopedic surgeon, is one of the best in this field. He is a certified specialist in Spinal Surgery, Pediatric Orthopedics and Trauma, Trauma and Orthopedic Surgery. The doctor received his training at Auckland Medical School, Royal College Surgeons Melbourne and Australian Orthopedic Association respectively. After he had earned his Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, he spent two years working with world leaders in Spine surgery in the UK, USA, and Germany.
Dr. Greg Finch has 17 years’ experience, and throughout the years he has helped hundreds of patients in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States live healthier, better lives and back pain-free. He currently serves at Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service in Queensland, Australia.
There are several Orthopedic surgeries, but we will focus on two common procedures, starting with Spine Surgery or decompression where Dr. Greg Finch has vast knowledge.
Spine injuries are common, and it is critical for patients with this kind of problem to consider surgery. There are three types of spinal decompression procedures:
- Laminectomy which involves complete removal of the lamina. This surgery is done on the lower spine. It is the partial removal of the lamina to create a larger opening.
- Discectomy which involves removal of part of a disc that is compressing a nerve. This herniated disc causes back pain, muscle weakness or numbness.
- Foraminotomy, also known as laminotomy which involves shaving off part of the lamina to create a larger opening to relieve the pinched nerve. This procedure is also done on the lower spine, unlike laminectomy, it involves complete removal of the lamina.
Laminectomy and laminotomy are mostly done to relieve spinal stenosis symptoms; including pain, numbness and weaknesses that coursed down to the arms or legs. These procedures are performed as open surgery where the doctor uses a single, larger incision to access the spine. The minimally invasive method can also be used where a smaller incision is made, and muscles are carefully separated instead of cutting them.
ACL Reconstruction (Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction) is another common orthopedic procedure. It is a surgical tissue graft replacement of the ACL. This ligament is located in the knee. In an arthroscopic procedure, the torn ligament is removed from the knee before grafting. There are two types of grafts; Autographs, which is employing a bone or tissue harvested from the patient’s body, and Allografts, where using a bone or tissue from another body, either cadaver or a live donor.
Grafts are inserted through a tunnel drifted through the shin bone and thigh bone. The graft is pulled through the tube and fixed with screws.
According to specialists, Dr. Greg Finch included, these procedures have shown success over the years with very few manageable risks.