Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Our Orthopaedic Department is made up of doctors with fellowships in dedicated sub-specialties such as knee, hand, sports and paediatric orthopaedic surgery. The focused training in their specific field facilitates better patient care and makes King’s a “one stop shop” for orthopaedics. Cross departmental referrals ensure every patient is treated by the physician with the most experience for each diagnosis.
Whether it is a congenital condition (present at birth) or the result of an injury, our experts can assess, diagnose, and treat your condition.
Our Orthopaedic Treatments Include:
- Hand & wrist treatments and surgery – For both adults and paediatric patients
- Joint Replacement – Hip joint & Knee joint replacement and revision surgery
- Foot & Ankle injuries
- Sports Medicine – Include treatment of acute knee injuries, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, arthroscopic surgery
- Paediatric orthopaedics – Including neonatal, hip screening, treatment of club foot and other common limb problems, correction of limb deformities and limb lengthening.
- Spine surgery for neck & back – Including surgery for disc disease, artificial disc replacement for cervical disc disease, lumbar microdiscectomy, spinal deformity surgery (scoliosis and kyphosis) for adults and children.
The orthopaedic department works closely with the Pain Clinic at King’s for those orthopaedic patients suffering from chronic pain.
The Most Advanced Technology
The orthopaedic service at King’s is supported by an imaging department with state-of- the-art equipment. In addition to MRI, CT scan, conventional digital x-ray and ultrasound services the imaging department has the United Arab Emirates’ first EOS imaging machine.
EOS is a unique combination of low dose 2D/3D imaging technology, software and services that aids diagnosis and long-term follow-up. In sitting or standing (weight-bearing) positions high definition fully body images are obtained with an ultra-low dose of radiation radiation (up to 90% lower than conventional imaging). This is particularly important for the long-term follow-up of children with spinal deformities.
We have two dedicated paediatric physiotherapists based in the hospital. For our adult patients we have a large team of experienced physiotherapists providing therapy in the hospital as well as our Jumeirah and Marina clinics. This large team is lead by our therapy manager Marko Bukvic.
Orthopaedic surgery is a branch of medicine that specialises in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of the musculoskeletal system. These include disorders, injuries and deformities pertaining to the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. A doctor who specialises in Orthopaedics is known as an orthopaedic surgeon.
The most common Orthopaedics disorders include Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and bursitis, which are chronic conditions that affect the bones and joints. Other conditions include joint dislocation and broken bones as a result of trauma.
Although not all Orthopaedic disorders can be cured, they can be treated to minimize pain and help the patient lead a more comfortable life. Treatment options in Orthopaedics always depend on the disorder and can include surgery, physical therapy, medication, rehabilitation, and exercise among others.
Minimum invasive orthopedic surgery spares muscles and tendons surrounding the target area, which improves the patient’s recovery. An example of this is King’s same-day joint replacement technique which comes with minimal pain and faster recovery.
The recovery time after an orthopedic surgery depends on the condition you are seeking treatment for, the surgical technique used, and your overall health. This can range from a week (King’s same-day joint replacement technique) to a few weeks and even months. Rehabilitation like physical therapy can shorten the recovery period after surgery.
Revision orthopedics surgery may be required only if the first surgery on the target area (like hip replacement) was either not a success because your body rejected the implant, or the implant has worn out, among other reasons. The revision surgery would be done to fully or partially replace the original implant.
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