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Orthopaedics

Orthopaedics is the field of surgery that deals with injuries to and problems with the musculoskeletal system. 

Our department offers a full range of elective (non-emergency) and trauma (emergency) services including day surgery and complex inpatient surgery. We are a tertiary referral centre for sub specialties such as foot and ankle, upper limb, knees and hips.

We work closely in conjunction with the Trust's rheumatology department and allied services such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy to help patients rehabilitate.

Description of service

What we do:

  • Fracture clinics
  • Upper limb: hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder surgery
  • Complex limb trauma, non-unions, deformity correction
  • Foot and ankle service: common foot problems, complex deformity corrections
  • Knee service: acute knee injuries including sports injuries, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, arthroscopic and joint replacement surgery, including revision surgery
  • Hip service: primary and revision joint replacement surgery including young adult hip problems.

We also run an enhanced recovery programme for hip and knee replacements which has been a significant success, reducing inpatients' length of stay and improving recovery for our patients. All of our patients are offered this, and attend ‘joint school’ prior to their operation. This unique and exciting day gives our patients the opportunity to learn about their surgery, and meet other people about to have their hip/knee replaced. NWLH is one of the few trusts in the country to offer this patient focused education.

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