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How a Bone Specialist Can Help You

There are many ways that a bone specialist can help you achieve the best orthopedic solution. Let’s take a look at the different types of problems that they deal with and how they can help you.

Orthopedic Surgeon

An orthopedic surgeon deals with the branch of medicine that corrects deformities. An orthopaedic surgeon is an expert who focuses on the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgery is in-demand within the medical profession.

Hand

Do you need hand treatment or surgery? Western Orthopedics is a clinic in Sydney that specialises in orthopedic surgery. 

Ganglion

A ganglion is a sac-like swelling or cyst. It is formed from the tissue that lines a joint or tendon. The tissue is called synovium. It functions to produce lubricating fluid for these areas. A ganglion is a cyst formed by the synovium that contains a thick jelly-like fluid. 

A ganglion can follow local trauma to the tendon or joint. They usually form for unknown reasons that cannot be pinpointed. The only truth is that they can be early signs of arthritis. If you suffer from a ganglion wrist, there are many orthopedic surgeons available to help with treatment. 

Wrist Pain

Wrist pain is any discomfort that is found within the wrist. It can often be caused by:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Wrist injury
  • Arthritis
  • Gout

Contracture

A contracture can develop in different parts of your body, such as muscle and skin and joints. The main symptom of contracture deformity is the inability to move certain areas within your body. You might also have pain. This depends on the location and cause of the contracture.

Muscle

A muscle contracture involves the shortening and tightening of the muscles. A bone specialist can help you to resolve muscle contracture problems.

Skin

A skin contracture may develop through scarring from an injury, burn, or past surgery. This will limit your ability to move that part of your body. A bone specialist can help you to resolve skin contracture problems.

Joint

A joint contracture can happen where two or more bones connect. You tend to experience a limited range of motion in that area of your body.  A bone specialist can help you to resolve joint contracture problems.

Cubital Tunnel

Cubital tunnel happens when the ulnar nerve is stretched or compressed. This happens in the area where it crosses the elbow. Symptoms of cubital tunnel include:

  • Numbness or tingling in the fingers
  • Pain and soreness across the forearm
  • Weakness or soreness in the hand area

Arthrodesis

Arthrodesis is also referred to as joint fusion. It is a method of surgical joint ossification used to fuse the bones in a joint. This happens when other treatments do not provide the desired results.

Wrist Joint

Do you suffer from wrist joint problems? Doctor Sunner is an orthopedic Surgeon who specialises in orthopedics. He completed his training in Australia and Canada and opened his first clinic in Penrith in 2020.

His services are available from a range of locations in Sydney. Dr Sunner values times with his patients. He ensures that they are comfortable and well informed so that they can achieve the best results.

Need A Bone Specialist?

Western orthopedics offers the best orthopedic treatment and surgery in Sydney. Surgical procedures include:

  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Total shoulder Replacement
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

Western Orthopedics Quizzes

Take one of the following quizzes designed by Western Orthopedics. This will help you to understand your orthopedic problem and find the best solutions.

The Hip Quiz

Many conditions can cause or contribute to chronic hip pain, and many treatments exist. Each person’s experience with chronic hip pain will be different. Take the hip quiz.

The Knee Quiz

The cause of your knee pain can determine the symptoms you experience. Chronic knee pain is long-term pain, swelling, or sensitivity in one or both knees. Take the knee quiz.

The Shoulder Quiz

Many conditions can cause or contribute to chronic shoulder pain. The good news is that many treatments exist. Each person’s experience with chronic shoulder pain will be different. Take the shoulder quiz.

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Your Orthopedic Care Plan

There is a strict care plan that is involved with orthopedic surgery. Your orthopedic surgeon will set up your care plan that you must follow to ensure that you achieve the best possible results.

Care Plan for ACL Surgery

An ACL injury is a tear or sprain of the anterior cruciate ligament. This is one of the major ligaments found in your knee. ACL injuries occur during sports that involve:

  • Sudden and quick stops
  • Changes in direction
  • Jumping and landing

Many people hear or feel a big pop in the knee when an ACL injury occurs. Your knee could experience the following issues:

  • Swelling
  • Feeling unstable
  • Become too painful to bear the weight

You will need an orthopedic care plan if you need ACL surgery to fix the problem.

Care Plan for ACL Reconstruction

Everything depends on the severity of your ACL injury. Treatment may include rest and rehabilitation exercises but often, people need ACL reconstruction. This is to help you regain strength and stability. A proper training program could help reduce the risk of an injury. Even more importantly, reduce the need for ACL reconstruction. 

South West Sydney

Are you located in the South West Sydney area? Do you need ACL surgery or ACL reconstruction? Western Orthopedics has a solution for you.

South Sydney Orthopedic Treatment

Located in south Sydney and need orthopedic treatment or surgery? Western Orthopedics provide surgical procedures and an orthopedic care plan  in the following locations:

 

Sky City – Bella Vista

Suite 116, Level 120B

Lexington Drive

 

Norwest Business Park

Bella Vista, NSW 2153

 

Nepean Private Specialist Centre

Suite 13B, Level 3

1A Barber Avenue

Penrith NSW 2750

 

Katoomba

61 Parke Street

Katoomba NSW 2780

 

Merrylands

21 Memorial Avenue

Merrylands, NSW 2160

 

Gregory Hills

7 Gregory Hills Road

Gregory Hills NSW 2557

 

Camden

78 John Street

Camden NSW 2570

Cruciate Ligament

A minor but abrupt change in direction while moving can lead to a cruciate ligament tear. It can happen more abruptly than most people think. Cruciate ligament tears usually occur in a sports setting. It is also possible to tear the cruciate ligament during everyday activities. 

Treatment options vary depending on which of the two cruciate ligaments is injured. There are other factors to consider like whether there are other injuries to the knee. Orthopedic surgery is commonly performed to fix the issue.

Adhesive Capsulitis

Adhesive capsulitis is also known as frozen shoulder. It is a painful condition in which the movement of the shoulder becomes limited. The condition is called frozen shoulder because the pain stops the movement. It makes everyday activities difficult. 

Frozen shoulder occurs when the strong connective tissue surrounding the shoulder joint becomes:

  • Thick
  • Stiff
  • Inflamed

Anterior Cruciate Ligament

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a band of dense connective tissue. The ACL is a key structure in the knee joint. This is because it resists anterior tibial translation and rotational loads.

Tennis Elbow Cure

Tennis elbow is a type of tendinitis. It involves swelling of the tendons that causes pain in the elbow and arm. You don’t have to play tennis to get tennis elbow. Tennis elbow is the most common reason that people see their doctors for elbow pain. It is most common for people around the age of 40-years-old. There are many treatments available for tennis elbow, in the field of orthopedics.

Orthopedic Shoulder Problems

Do you suffer from any orthopedic shoulder problems? There is a range of problems that can occur with the shoulder. But the good news is there can be a care plan put in place.

Shoulder Dislocation

A dislocated shoulder is an injury in which your upper arm bone pops out of the cup-shaped socket. This is part of your shoulder blade. The shoulder is the body’s most mobile joint. This is what makes it prone to dislocation. If you experience a dislocated shoulder, seek prompt medical attention. Many people source expertise from an orthopedic surgeon. 

Most people regain full shoulder function within several weeks. But, once you’ve had a dislocated shoulder, your joint may become unstable. This may make it prone to repeat dislocations so you need to put a care plan in place. Other shoulder problems include:

  • Shoulder Blade Pain
  • Shoulder Clicking 

Western Orthopedics

Searching for a qualified and caring orthopedic surgeon? Western Orthopedics clinics have a solution for you. Take the shoulder quiz designed by Western Orthopedics to see what treatment or surgery or care plan you may need.

Dr Pavitar Sunner completed his Medical Degree at the University of Sydney in 1989. He then completed orthopedic training in the North Side Sydney Training program. After this, he fulfilled a one-year fellowship in arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder/sports medicine. Dr Pavitar Sunner is one of the best orthopedic surgeons in Australia.

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Orthopedic Treatment for A Bone Fracture

What is a Bone Fracture?

A bone fracture is when there is a break in the continuity of the bone. It may involve a crack or be completely broken. Bone fractures may happen completely or partially from trauma. This can be due to:

  • A fall
  • A motor vehicle accident
  • A range of sports activities

Bone fractures may be the result of high force impact or stress. A bone fracture may occur as a result of certain medical conditions. This is because sometimes, the bones can become weakened, such as osteoporosis. Athletes may experience overuse injuries as well. 

There are many types of bone fractures that can happen to the bones within the body. The most common type of fracture include:

  • Hip 
  • Knee
  • Shoulder

Fractured Bone Management

Fracture management is when an orthopedic surgeon puts treatment in place. Sometimes it is common to have surgery. A bone fracture is usually treated with a cast or a splint. A cast or splint will immobilize the bone. This is to stop it from moving and encourage the bones to straighten. Medication is often prescribed to treat the pain of a bone fracture.

If fractures are severe enough, the patient may need orthopedic surgery. Hip fractures almost always need surgery. Internal and external rods and/or pins may be used to hold the bone in place. This is to allow the bones plenty of time to align again.

Fractured Bone Treatment

A cast that is made from plaster of Paris is one of the most usual ways of immobilising a limb. This cast is made from a preparation of gypsum. It sets hard when water is added. Depending on the severity of the fracture, the orthopedic operation procedures can include:

Simple Fractures

With a simple fracture, the two ends of the broken bone are lined up. They are then held in place. The limb is bandaged and then the wet plaster is applied by the orthopedic surgeon.

Compound Fractures

Compound fractures are cleaned in the operating room to remove debris before being set in place. This is because a broken bone exposed to the open air may become infected. An orthopedic surgeon will perform the correct measures to ensure no infection occurs.

Long Bones

Long bones such as the bone of the thigh (femur) are difficult to keep aligned because they are so complex. In adults, these are often treated by internal nailing and screws. Once the two ends of bone start to show signs of healing, the leg and hip joint are immobilised in plaster of Paris. In other cases, pins are inserted above and below the fractured area. The surgery is completed under a general anaesthetic.

Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia can occur when a person’s hip joint does not develop the correct way. It’s usually common in babies. But, teenagers and adults may also experience symptoms of undetected hip dysplasia. This can happen later in life.

The hip is a ball and socket type of joint. The top end of the thigh bone is the ball. This fits into a curved part of the pelvis. With hip dysplasia, the acetabulum is too shallow. This means that the hip becomes dislocated or unstable.

Hip dysplasia in babies is more common if the baby had a breech birth. It is also common if there is a family history of the condition. Hip dysplasia is more common in females and firstborn children.

Western Orthopedics Clinic

It is important to be prepared for the future. If you ever experience bone fractures, you can source treatment from Western Orthopedics. You can book a consultation with Dr Pavitar Sunner. Here is a list of clinics where orthopedic surgical procedures are available:

 

Sky City – Bella Vista

Suite 116, Level 120B

Lexington Drive

 

Norwest Business Park

Bella Vista, NSW 2153

 

Nepean Private Specialist Centre

Suite 13B, Level 3

1A Barber Avenue

Penrith NSW 2750

 

Katoomba

61 Parke Street

Katoomba NSW 2780

 

Merrylands

21 Memorial Avenue

Merrylands, NSW 2160

 

Gregory Hills

7 Gregory Hills Road

Gregory Hills NSW 2557

 

Camden

78 John Street

Camden NSW 2570

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Overcoming Common Orthopedic Problems

There are many treatments and solutions for orthopedic problems. Let’s take a look at common issues and how they are treated with orthopedic surgery.

Orthopedic Surgeon

Orthopedics is a branch of medicine that deals with the prevention or correction of injuries. It also deals with disorders of the skeletal system. This is correlated with muscles, joints, and ligaments. The musculoskeletal system offers support, stability and form, giving your body the ability to move. Most musculoskeletal injuries can be ascribed to strenuous, sports-related activities.

Western Orthopedics 

In 1989, Dr Sunner completed his Medical Degree at the University of Sydney. Since then, he has achieved extra training and a fellowship in Winnipeg, Canada.

Dr Sunner returned to Penrith in 2002 to begin his private practice, Western Orthopaedics. He continues to research new procedures and improve his orthopedic methods. This is to ensure that you walk away from any orthopedic surgery completely healed and satisfied.

Western Orthopedics Services

As an ever-evolving practice, our Western Orthopaedics team has incorporated computer navigation into knee replacement surgery. We specialise in shoulder stabilisations, hip arthroscopy, arthroscopic knee reconstructions and rotator cuff repairs of the shoulder.

We also offer arthroplasty (joint restoration) procedures and may use a prosthesis to restore the integrity and function of a particular joint.

Calcified Tendonitis

Calcific tendonitis is a condition triggered by calcium deposits. This is the building up in a person’s muscles or tendons. If calcium builds up in an area, a person may feel pain and discomfort with a limited range of movement.

This condition can arise in other parts of the body too. The most common area for calcific tendonitis to develop is within the rotator cuff. This is the group of muscles and tendons that provide strength and stability. They provide strength and stability to the upper arm and shoulder. Orthopedic surgery may be necessary to treat calcified tendonitis.

Arthroscope

Arthroscopy is the examination of the inside of a joint. It is performed using a special illuminating instrument. This is inserted through creating a small incision. The incisions are usually less than one centimetre in size.

The arthroscope is slender and less than five millimetres in diameter. It has a fibre-optic light source and a magnifying lens attached to it. Tiny instruments are capable of cutting or shaving material from within the joint. They are inserted through other small incisions, if necessary.

Trapeziectomy

A trapeziectomy involves removing the trapezium. This is a small bone that is located in your wrist. Your arm is numbed using a regional anaesthetic or a general anaesthetic. Your orthopedic surgeon will make a small cut on the back of your hand at the base of your thumb. Then they will remove your trapezium. Your orthopedic surgeon will close your skin with a small number of stitches. A trapeziectomy usually takes 60-90 minutes to complete.

Laceration

A laceration is a deep cut or tear that happens on your skin. Accidents with knives, tools, and machinery are frequent causes of lacerations. In the case of a deep laceration, bleeding can be rapid and extensive. This requires emergency orthopedic surgery to help fix the laceration.

Epicondylitis

Epicondylitis can occur suddenly or develop slowly over time. It all depends on what causes the development of epicondylitis. Symptoms can range from mild to severe pain and may require orthopedic treatment. If you have a painful elbow problem, you may experience any of the following:

  • Pain on the inside of your elbow
  • Elbow soreness and stiffness
  • Hand, wrist and arm weakness
  • Tingling sensation or numbness in the fingers
  • Difficulty with movement

It is very common for elbow pain to move downwards from the arm to the wrist. This makes it difficult to complete everyday activities and can be very frustrating. Activities such as picking up items, opening a door, or giving a handshake become difficult.

Orthopedic Quiz

Do you suffer from an orthopedic problem? Western Orthopedics can help you to understand the problem and find a solution. Take one of our quizzes today.

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Before and After Hip Replacement Surgery

At Western orthopedics, we care about providing the most insightful information. Perhaps you are preparing for hip replacement surgery? Perhaps you’ve finished your hip replacement surgery and need some tips for recovery? Whatever stage you are at, we are here to help you achieve the best orthopedic journey.

Before Hip Replacement Surgery

There are many steps to follow before you have your hip replacement surgery. This is because it is quite a complex process. Your orthopedic surgeon will need to know everything. Your orthopedic doctor needs to know the following:

  • The pain levels that you are living with
  • Any medications that you are regularly taking
  • How you generally feel about your hip replacement surgery

Here are some measures to put in place before you have your hip replacement surgery.

Quit Smoking

If you are a smoker then there are many benefits of quitting. It is especially important if you are preparing for orthopedic surgery, to try to quit. Quitting smoking will create healthier opportunities for your orthopedic surgery to be successful.

Nicotine use affects blood flow and can slow down your recovery. Smoking may cause complications when seeking hip replacement surgery. Your surgeon may be able to give you smoking cessation tips. You can also be referred to a medical professional who can help you quit.

Lose Excessive Weight

To prepare for hip replacement surgery requires losing excessive weight. If you’re overweight, your doctor may recommend that you lose a few pounds.  You can ask your doctor to assist you with specific weight-loss goals. There are many ways to reach weight loss goals with support systems in place. 

If you choose to lose weight then this can help decrease the chances of complications. It will help to avoid problems such as infection after hip replacement surgery.

Exercise and Stretching

It is important to ensure that you get exercise before hip replacement surgery. It does not have to be intense training, but gentle movement is great for the body. Stretching is also a very good way to prepare you for surgery. 

Your orthopedic surgeon may provide you with simple exercises. These are for you to follow before your hip replacement surgery. This will ensure that you are strengthening the muscles around your hip.

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After Hip Replacement Surgery

There are many steps to follow post hip replacement surgery. This is to ensure that you achieve the best possible recovery. After hip replacement surgery, your orthopedic specialist will provide you with:

  • Pain management solutions
  • Medication
  • Daily exercises
  • Tips for recovery

Here are some measures to put in place after your hip replacement surgery.

Organise a Driver

You will not be able to drive after your surgery. This will put pressure on the area that has been operated on. Thus, driving is dangerous. You will need to organise someone to drive you home from the hospital. It would also be beneficial to have someone drive you other places for a few weeks after, should you need them to. This includes visits to see your physiotherapist or appointments with the surgeon.

Take Supplements

The 6 best supplements to take after hip replacement surgery are:

  • Vitamin K
  • Grape seed extract
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Arnica
  • Fish oils
  • Iron

Get Plenty of Rest

Sleep and rest are vital factors when it comes to healing from shoulder surgery. You could tend to feel more tired than usual, but this is normal after any surgery. Taking care of yourself by getting extra rest will ensure that you are on the road to recovery.

Rehabilitation

When you return home, you will follow a home rehabilitation program on your own. You can also have in-home visits from a physical therapist. A range of physical therapies at other locations may be part of your rehabilitation too.

Western Orthopedics

Need a hip specialist to help you with an orthopedic solution? Take the hip quiz to see how orthopedic surgeon Dr Pavitar Sunner can help you.

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Seeking The Right Orthopedic Surgeon

Seeking the right orthopedic surgeon can be a worrying process. This is certainly true if you are already suffering from orthopedic problems. It also applies to those who have other musculoskeletal ailments. But the truth is that there is no need to add to the stress that you are already feeling. There is always a solution when it comes to finding the right orthopedic surgeon.

There are many factors to consider when it comes to deciding on your advanced orthopedic surgery. You need to make sure you are provided with the best care. It is also important to ensure that you will recover well. Orthopedic surgery is supposed to set you up for a healthier and happier future that is pain-free.

At Western Orthopedics, we care about helping you to find an orthopedic surgeon that is right for you. We have come up with a guide to follow so that your orthopedic journey is as successful as possible. Follow these steps for making the best choices. This will guide you to find the best specialist who will perform your orthopedic surgery.

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A Guide to Finding the Right Orthopedic Surgeon

Step 1 – Communication

When beginning your search, try not to focus too much on ‘the best’. Many surgeons who do an incredible job, will not need to emphasise that they are ‘the best’. The truth is that there are many surgeons out there who have done a lot of training. They do not need to state that they are ‘the best’.  

Focus your energy on finding a surgeon who has a lot of experience in orthopedics. Focus on finding an orthopedic doctor who is happy to listen to your problem and find you a solution.

To begin your search for the right orthopedic surgeon, focus on the following tasks:

  • Discuss your concerns with your primary doctor. This will start the process. They will be able to refer you to local orthopedic specialists in the area.
  • Speak to people that you know who have already had orthopedic surgery. They may be able to recommend a clinic near you.
  • Do your research. There is no harm in looking on the internet to find some reviews and read other people’s experiences. It could guide you in the most helpful direction.

Step 2 – Preparation

Sometimes doctors have very long waiting lists. It could take some time to book an appointment. When you speak with your doctor, they will be able to determine how urgent your case is. It is especially important for you to communicate your levels of pain. Nobody should have to continue suffering and living with pain. Especially when there are orthopedic solutions available. 

Be sure to reach out to your insurance company to prepare for everything that is ahead. It can be an expensive journey with orthopedics, but it sure is worth it. If you have health insurance, reach out and see what is covered for you.

Step 3 – Document Your Pain Levels

Orthopedic surgery is a long journey but it is for the better. After you have received your orthopedic surgery, you will be able to go on with life pain-free. It is important to document your levels before you meet with your orthopedic surgeon. You will be asked many questions and thus need to be prepared to answer them. The more your orthopedic surgeon knows about your problem, the more they will be able to help. This is a solution for long-term longevity.

Step 4 – Maintain Good Health

It is not always the orthopedic surgeon who changes everything. You can have a huge positive impact on your own orthopedic journey too. Start living a more healthy lifestyle each day because this will prepare you for surgery. The following solutions will help you to achieve the best possible recovery post-surgery.

  • Eat more fruit, vegetables and protein
  • Start taking supplements to boost your immunity
  • Drink more water
  • Ensure you have routine
  • Quality sleep
  • Maintain a positive mental attitude

Orthopedic Surgeon Near Me

Need an orthopedic surgeon to help you find an orthopedic solution? Dr Pavitar Sunner has the tools and training to treat any hip, knee or shoulder injury.

You can take the hip, knee or shoulder quiz today to discover how Western Orthopedics can help you. We are a dedicated team of specialists who are passionate about helping people to live pain-free.

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Knee Replacement with Western Orthopedics

The knee is a joint which has three parts and can sometimes require a replacement. These include the thigh bone (femur), the shin bone (tibia) and the kneecap (patella). The femur meets the tibia forming the main joint. This joint has an inner (medial) and outer (lateral) compartment. The patella joins the femur to create the third joint.

The knee joint is surrounded by a joint capsule. Ligaments strap the inside and outside of the joint, as well as crossing within the joints. These ligaments provide stability and strength for the joint.

There is also a meniscus between the femur and tibia. This gives cushioning, so the bones can move with the least possible friction. There are also air sacs called bursae surrounding the joint. They act as gliding surfaces.

Below the patella, there is a large tendon (patellar tendon). This joins onto the front of the tibia. The knee also rotates slightly under the guidance of specific muscles in the thigh.

The knee is a complex joint which consists of: 

  • Bone
  • Cartilage
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons

They make joint movements easy. But at the same time, this can mean they are more susceptible to various kinds of injuries. Knee problems may arise if any of these structures are injured. This can happen through overuse or sports activities. Pain, swelling, and stiffness are common symptoms of any damage or injury to the knee.

Orthopedic Knee Surgery

There are many types of orthopedic knee surgery available at Western Orthopedics. You can book a consultation with Dr Pavitar Sunner. He has the tools and training for any knee replacement.

Total Knee Replacement (TKR)

A total knee replacement (TKR) or total knee arthroplasty is a surgery that resurfaces the arthritic knee joint. This is done with artificial metal or plastic replacement parts called ‘prostheses’.

Partial Knee Replacement

Partial knee replacement means that only a part of the knee joint is replaced. This is done through a smaller incision than would normally be used for a total knee replacement.

Knee Arthroscopy

Arthroscopy is a surgical procedure in which an arthroscope is inserted into a joint. Arthroscopy is a term that comes from two Greek words. ‘Arthro’, meaning joint, and ‘skopein’, meaning to examine. The benefits of arthroscopy involve: 

  • Smaller incisions
  • Faster healing
  • More rapid recovery
  • Less scarring

Arthroscopic surgical procedures are often performed on an outpatient basis. The patient is able to return home on the same day.

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction

The anterior cruciate ligament is one of the major stabilising ligaments in the knee. It is a strong rope like structure located in the centre of the knee running from the femur to the tibia. When this ligament tears, it does not heal. This can often lead to a feeling of instability in the knee.

ACL reconstruction of the hamstring tendon and patellar tendon is a surgical procedure. With recent advances in orthopedic arthroscopic surgery, it can now be performed with minimal incision. There are low complication rates.

Computer-assisted Knee Replacement

A total knee replacement surgery is the last resort to relieve pain. This also restores function in a knee damaged by arthritis or an injury. This type of surgery is required when non-surgical treatments do not work.

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Knee Surgeon Sydney

Dr Pavitar Sunner is a knee specialist in Sydney. He is Western Orthopedics’ principal orthopedic surgeon. 

In 1989, Dr Sunner completed his Medical Degree at the University of Sydney. Since then, he has completed additional training and a fellowship in Winnipeg, Canada.

Dr Sunner returned to Penrith in 2002. This is where he started his private practice, Western Orthopaedics. He continues to research new procedures and improve his methods. This is to ensure that you can walk away from any orthopedic surgery completely healed and satisfied. Check out this article regarding achieving the best orthopedic surgery recovery.

Orthopedic Replacement Quiz

Designed by Western Orthopedics, you can take the knee quiz. This will help you to understand your knee condition and what treatment or surgery you may need. There are 16 questions which will help to determine the best possible knee replacement solution.

Take the knee quiz today to see how Western Orthopedics can help you.

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Understanding Different Types of Fractured Bones

A fractured bone is when there is a break in the continuity of the bone. It may involve a crack or be completely broken. A bone may become fractured completely or partially from trauma. This can be due to:

  • A fall
  • A motor vehicle accident
  • A range of sports activities

A fractured bone may be the result of high force impact or stress. A fractured bone may occur as a result of certain medical conditions. This is because sometimes, the bones can become weakened, such as osteoporosis. Athletes may experience overuse injuries as well. 

There are many types of fractures that can happen to the bones within the body. The most common fractures include:

  • Hip 
  • Knee
  • Shoulder

Types of a Fractured Hip

The hip joint is a “ball and socket” joint. The “ball” is the head of the femur or thigh bone and the “socket” is the cup-shaped acetabulum. The joint surface is covered by a smooth articular surface. This allows pain-free movement in the joint.

Pelvis

A fractured pelvis is a condition that arises due to breakage of the pelvis bones. It can damage the following areas associated with the pelvis:

  • Internal organs
  • Nerves
  • Blood vessels

Types of a Fractured Knee

There are many types of fractures that can happen to the knee area.

Fractures of the Proximal Tibia

The tibia or shin bone is a major bone of the leg which connects the knee to the ankle. A tibial fracture is a break in the continuity of the shin bone (tibia).

Paediatric Thighbone (Femur) Fracture

The femur or thigh bone is the largest and strongest bone in the human body. Paediatric thighbone fractures can occur when a child falls hard on the ground. It can also happen because of:

  • Sports
  • Automobile accidents
  • In the occurrence of child abuse

In a thigh bone fracture, the broken bones may be aligned or displaced. The fracture can either be closed (with skin intact) or open (with the bone piercing out through the skin). Children suffering from this fracture may experience severe pain. They can also experience swelling, inability to stand and walk, and a limited range of motion in the hip or knee. 

Shinbone Fractures

The tibia or shin bone is a major bone of the leg which connects the knee to the ankle. A tibial fracture is a break in the continuity of the shin bone (tibia).

Thighbone (Femur) Fracture

The femur or thigh bone is the longest and strongest bone in the body, connecting the hip to the knee. A femur fracture is a break in the femur. The distal femur is the lower part of the thigh bone which flares out like an upside-down funnel.  A fractured distal femur may involve the cartilaginous surface of the knee. It can also result in arthritis.

Types of a Fractured Shoulder

There are many types of fractures that can happen to the shoulder.

Broken Collarbone

The collarbone is the bone that connects your sternum or breastbone to your shoulder. A clavicle fracture, also known as a broken collarbone is a very common sports injury. This is seen in people who are involved in contact sports such as:

  • Football 
  • Martial arts
  • Impact sports such as motor racing

Fracture of the Shoulder Blade (Scapula)

The scapula (shoulder blade) is a flat, triangular bone providing attachment to muscles. These muscles are of the back, neck, chest and arm. The scapula has a body, neck and spine portion.

Shoulder Trauma

Shoulder injuries occur in athletes participating in sport. This includes swimming, tennis, pitching, and weightlifting. These injuries are caused due to over-usage or repetitive motion of the arms.

The thigh bone, femur, and the pelvis, acetabulum, join to form the hip joint. The hip joint is a “ball and socket” joint. The “ball” is the head of the femur or thigh bone, and the “socket” is the cup-shaped acetabulum.

The joint surface is covered by a smooth articular surface. It allows pain-free movement in the joint.

The cartilage cushions the joint. It allows the bones to move on each other with smooth movements. This cartilage does not show up on X-RAY. Thus you can see a “joint space” between the femoral head and acetabular socket.

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Orthopedic Treatment for Fractured Bones

Need an orthopedic specialist to help you with the treatment for a fractured bone? Western Orthopedics are here to help you find a solution. Check out the locations of Western Orthopedics clinics below. You can book in for a consultation today with Dr Pavitar Sunner.

Western Orthopedics Clinics

Sky City – Bella Vista

Suite 116, Level 120B
Lexington Drive
Norwest Business Park
Bella Vista, NSW 2153

 

Nepean Private Specialist Centre

Suite 13B, Level 3
1A Barber Avenue
Penrith NSW 2750

 

Katoomba

61 Parke Street
Katoomba NSW 2780

 

Merrylands

21 Memorial Avenue
Merrylands, NSW 2160

 

Gregory Hills

7 Gregory Hills Road
Gregory Hills NSW 2557

 

Camden

78 John Street
Camden NSW 2570

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Orthopedic Pain Management

What is orthopedic pain management?

Orthopedic pain management is an important part of any joint replacement surgery process. After surgery, your orthopedic surgeon works with you to create a care plan to help manage your pain. Your orthopedic pain management plan includes any of the following:

  • Rest
  • Massage
  • Ice/heat therapy
  • Over-the-counter pain medication
  • Prescription pain medication
  • Other complementary therapies
  • Physical therapy
  • Other movement therapies

How long does pain last after orthopedic surgery?

After surgery, your orthopedic surgeon will assess your pain. Your orthopedic pain management will depend on your condition. This comes down to whether you are able to go home or have to stay a night in the hospital. You will receive any of the following orthopedic pain management medications:

It’s important that you take your pain medication prescribed by your orthopedic surgeon. You should request orthopedic pain medication when the pain first begins. This will help to keep it under control.

What is the best orthopedic pain management medication?

Here are some types of orthopedic pain management medication that you may use. This includes before, during or after orthopedic surgery.

  • Over-the-counter pain medications
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Epidural and/or steroid injections
  • Skeletal muscle relaxers
  • Local anaesthetics

In some cases, opioids may be prescribed for orthopedic pain management. But, it is best to try avoiding opioids after surgery. This is because these medications are narcotics and can trigger addictions. If you need to use them, be sure to reduce the intake as your pain begins to lessen.

What are some orthopedic pain management techniques?

When you follow your care plan, your orthopedic pain will gradually begin to reduce. It’s important to follow the instructions from your orthopedic specialist. Here are some factors that play a vital role in your recovery.

Perform Gentle Exercise

Everybody needs exercise to stay fit and healthy. It’s important to ensure that you have a gentle exercise plan in place following surgery. Do not force yourself to take part in challenging training programs. Gentle walks are the best way to deal with orthopedic pain management.

Healthy, Balanced Diet

A healthy, balanced diet is one of the most significant factors for your recovery. The healthier your diet, the quicker your body can use the nutrients to recover from surgery. Avoid consuming too much sugar and ensure that you increase the following:

  • Vegetable
  • Fruit
  • Fibre
  • Protein

Increase Water Intake

Your body needs a significant water intake post surgery. Keeping yourself hydrated is another technique to deal with orthopedic pain management.

Use Supplements

Reader’s Digest states that there are 6 best supplements to take after surgery. This includes:

  • Vitamin K
  • Grape seed extract
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Arnica
  • Fish oils
  • Iron

Take Extra Rest

Taking naps during the day and getting quality sleep at night is extra important for you. After surgery, your body requires time to heal itself. Having extra rest will ensure that you are giving your body a chance to recover.

Seek Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy restores, maintains, and makes the most of a patient’s mobility. This can be a great technique for orthopedic pain management. Physiotherapy helps through physical rehabilitation, injury prevention, and health and fitness. Your physiotherapist will help you on your journey to recovery.

Need An Orthopedic Specialist?

Need an orthopedic specialist to find you a pain-free solution? Dr Pavitar Sunner can help you with non-surgical options and orthopedic surgery. Western Orthopedics strike back with advanced medical technology. They are specialists in the treatment of bones and joints such as:

  • Knee
  • Hip
  • Back
  • Neck
  • Spine
  • Foot
  • Ankle
  • Elbow
  • Shoulder
  • Hand
  • Wrist

Dr Pavitar Sunner

orthopedic pain management Dr Pavitar Sunner completed his Medical Degree at the University of Sydney in 1989.

He has also completed orthopedic training in the North Side Sydney Training program. Dr Sunner is one of the best orthopedic surgeons in Australia. He is an expert in:

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Sports medicine
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Orthopedic Replacement

Orthopedic replacement is a branch of medicine that focuses on the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic replacement is when an orthopedic surgeon performs surgery to treat musculoskeletal injuries. The musculoskeletal system is made up of:

  • Muscles
  • Bones
  • Joints
  • Ligaments
  • Tendons

The aim is to improve the range of movement around the joint so that the patient no longer lives with pain. Orthopedic replacement is the most advanced surgery performed in the medical industry. 

3 Common Orthopedic Replacement Questions Answered

orthopedic replacementWhich joints can be replaced?

Orthopedic replacement can be performed on different joints in the body. Surgical procedures include:

  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Total shoulder Replacement
  • Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

Most orthopedic replacement procedures are minimally invasive. It requires only a small incision to remove and replace damaged joint materials. Here are some of the common conditions that orthopedic surgeons treat:

  • Arthritis
  • Bone fractures and traumas
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Bursitis
  • Sports injuries

What is the difference between arthroplasty and replacement?

There is no difference between arthroplasty and joint replacement. The two terms involve the same procedure. The term ‘orthopedic replacement’ can seem scary at first. This is why orthopedic surgeons use the term arthroplasty instead.

Orthopedic replacement is not as invasive as it sounds. The orthopedic surgeon only removes and replaces a small part of the joint. This is a procedure called a partial joint replacement. 

Is joint replacement permanent?

An orthopedic replacement is designed to last a long time, yet it will not last forever. There are a lot of factors to consider that determine the time frame. This includes:

The age of the Patient

Younger patients tend to be more active. It is likely they will need a revision for orthopedic replacement.

Activities

Certain activities may not be recommended for those who have an orthopedic replacement. This is because some activities can put stress on the area and cause it to weaken. It is important to speak to your orthopedic surgeon about the best exercise program. There are ways to integrate a healthy routine into your new lifestyle. 

Weight

Maintaining a healthy weight can have huge benefits for those with an orthopedic replacement. This is because it also puts less stress on the joint area. This is particularly important for those with hip and knee replacements. 

Hip Replacement 

Hip replacement surgery involves replacing a damaged hip joint with an artificial implant. Adults of any age can opt for a hip replacement if they are living with pain. The most common age range is between 60 and 80 years old. A hip replacement lasts for around 15 years.

The benefits of having a hip replacement, when healed after surgery include:

  • Reduced pain
  • Improved range of movement

A sudden injury or underlying condition such as arthritis can cause hip pain. Treatment will vary depending on the cause. Take the hip quiz to see how Western Orthopedics can help you.  

Knee Replacement 

Knee replacement surgery is a complex procedure that requires a knee specialist. An orthopedic surgeon removes the diseased portions of your bone. They shape the remaining bone to assist the knee implant. Finally, the surgeon builds the artificial knee inside of your leg. They will do this one component at a time, to create a practical artificial joint. 

A sudden injury or underlying condition such as arthritis can cause knee pain. Treatment will vary depending on the cause. Take the knee quiz to see how Western Orthopedics can help you.

Shoulder Replacement

A shoulder replacement surgery involves removing damaged areas of your shoulder. The orthopedic surgeon then replaces them with artificial parts. The procedure aims to relieve pain and improve mobility.

A sudden injury or underlying condition such as arthritis can cause shoulder pain. Treatment will vary depending on the cause. Take the shoulder quiz to see how Western Orthopedics can help you. 

Need An Orthopedic Replacement?

Western Orthopedics offers non-surgical options as well as the most complex orthopedic surgery. Their orthopedic surgeon is an expert in:

  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Sports medicine

Book a consultation today to find out how orthopedic surgeon Dr Pavitar Sunner can help you.