Orthopedic surgery involves the skeletons and muscles in the body. Often orthopedic problems can be taken care of without surgery. One of the most common orthopedic procedures is a complete joint replacement. Many patients require this surgery due to severe arthritis, a loss of their range of motion and a lot of pain. During the surgery the surgeon makes assessments regarding the parts of the joint that are damaged. The damaged areas are replaced with plastic and metal surfaces with a natural shape that will restore the function of the joint.
Another common orthopedic procedure is a complete shoulder replacement. This procedure diminishes pain over a period of time. The damaged parts of the cartilage and bone are replaced with a plastic or metal implant. A patients range of motion is also increased.
Spine surgery is usually performed due to high levels of back pain. This surgery has benefits including less pain, more productivity, better fitness and an increase in activity. The type of spine surgery most common is a Spinal Fusion. The surgeon joins several vertebrae together to relieve pain although this will eventually restrict the motion of the spines bones and the stretching of the nerves will be limited.
Greg Finch is an orthopedic surgeon and a member of numerous societies including the Spine Society of Australia, the North American Spine Society and a fellow of the Australian Orthopedic Association. Dr. Finch specializes in pediatric orthopedics, spinal surgery and trauma.
Dr. Greg Finch worked with world leaders for two years in spine surgery in Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. Although he is trained in all different aspects of spine surgery his main interest is in minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Greg Finch currently works at the Sunshine Coast Hospital and received his education at the University of Auckland.