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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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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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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.

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Achieving The Best Orthopedic Surgery Recovery

What is Orthopedic Surgery Recovery?

Orthopedic surgery recovery is when a patient goes into rehabilitation. Rehabilitation begins after orthopedic surgery has been completed. Orthopedic surgery recovery happens for partial or total joint replacement. It is also for orthopedic surgery on the following parts of the body:

  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Shoulder
  • Spine
  • Wrist
  • Hand
  • Foot
  • Ankle

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. The aim of rehabilitation is to:

  • Increase your range of movement
  • Improve your function
  • Give you greater strength

How long does it take to recover from orthopedic surgery?

Orthopedic surgery recovery can take quite some time. Discuss everything that concerns you with your orthopedic surgeon. Ensure that you understand the short and long-term limitations of your orthopedic surgery. Your doctor will educate you on:

  • Recovery times
  • Rehabilitation requirements
  • Expectations for your individual condition and treatment

What should I do after orthopedic surgery?

Before you’re discharged from Western Orthopedics clinic, Dr Sunner organises your rehabilitation plan. This is to get you up and moving around as soon as possible. The timeframe in which you can return to normal life depends on the type of surgery performed.

Pain Management

There are different types of medication prescribed for short-term pain relief after surgery.

Pain management medication includes:

  • Opioids
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Acetaminophen
  • Local anaesthetics

It is best to try avoiding opioids after surgery. This is because these medications are narcotics and can cause addictions. If you need to use them, be sure to reduce the intake as your pain begins to reduce.

Daily Exercise

It is important to ensure that you get your daily exercise after orthopedic surgery. But, this must be gentle exercise. There are many exercise programs that will assist you on your journey to recovery.

orthopedic surgery recoveryTherapy

Physical and occupational therapy are the most effective tools for orthopedic surgery recovery. This helps in getting back to exercise and everyday activities.

At-home Care

It is best to have someone stay with you for the first night. This will help you to feel more comfortable, cook your meals and help with other factors. Having someone support you will help to avoid shoulder pain. It will ensure that you follow post shoulder surgery guidelines. Sports Health explains the 15 must-haves after shoulder surgery. Be sure to stock up on these items to help make your healing journey as straightforward as possible.

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.

Is orthopedic surgery painful?

It is normal to feel some pain and discomfort after surgery. Each person has a different pain tolerance. It is important to be aware that your pain could last several weeks. If this is the case, take your pain medication as prescribed. Follow all discharge instructions to ensure that your pain is managed.

Got any questions about your orthopedic surgery recovery? Contact your orthopedic surgeon and they will be able to help you.

What does an orthopedic surgeon do after surgery?

Dr Pavitar Sunner has advanced training to help you achieve orthopedic surgery recovery. He is an orthopedic specialist who helps patients to stop living with pain. Dr Sunner offers the following orthopedic treatments:

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

Take an orthopedic quiz designed by Western Orthopedics to see what orthopedic solution they can provide for you.

 

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Shoulder Surgery: Everything You Need to Know

A Guide to Shoulder Surgery

At Western Orthopaedics, we care about providing our patients with valuable information. So, we have come up with the answers to the most common questions about shoulder surgery. This information acts as a guide for achieving the best possible outcome.

What is the most common shoulder surgery?

There are 5 common types of shoulder surgery. These are:

  •       Shoulder arthroscopy
  •       Rotator cuff surgery
  •       Torn labrum surgery
  •       Shoulder arthritis treatment
  •       Fracture repair

Shoulder Arthroscopy

Shoulder arthroscopy requires making an incision into the shoulder. It then involves inserting a camera that allows the doctor to locate and detect the damage. Following this, the orthopedic surgeon makes a small incision. They will then insert a small instrument to repair the area. Shoulder arthroscopic surgery involves less recovery than open surgery.

Rotator Cuff Surgery

The group of muscles and tendons that form a sleeve over the shoulder joint act as the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff assures your arm inside the shoulder joint. It enables the shoulder joint to move and rotate.

Any injury causes damage to the rotator cuff. But, an orthopedic surgeon can solve this problem with shoulder surgery. The type of incision depends on the extent of the damage.

Torn Labrum Surgery

The flat and shallow part of your shoulder blade is called the glenoid. This is where a rubbery tissue known as the labrum is. The labrum forms a cup-like shape across the shoulder. It serves as a socket, enabling your arm to move about while anchored into your shoulder.

An orthopedic surgeon performs surgery to repair a torn labrum.

Shoulder Arthritis Treatment

Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint. It creates pain, discomfort, stiffness, and a limited range of motion. When other types of treatment are ineffective, shoulder surgery is the answer.

Fracture Repair

When a shoulder fracture happens, the broken bones position in a way that will allow them to heal. This happens by immobilising the shoulder in a sling. Yet other times, the fractured bones need repositioning.

Depending on the nature of the fracture, this type of surgery may take place with an open incision.

How long does it take to recover from shoulder surgery?

Shoulder surgery can take a long time to recover. But the good news is that the better one’s health is, the quicker they will recover. It is important to follow post-surgery instructions to ensure the best recovery. Here are a few tips for achieving successful healing after shoulder surgery.

At-home Care

It is best to have someone stay with you for the first night. This will help you to feel more comfortable, cook your meals and help with other factors. Having someone support you will help to avoid shoulder pain. It will ensure that you follow post shoulder surgery guidelines. Sports Health explains the 15 must-haves after shoulder surgery. Be sure to stock up on these items to help make your healing journey as straightforward as possible.

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.

How serious is shoulder surgery?

Following your shoulder surgery, you will remain in the recovery room for 1-2 hours. Then the orthopedic surgeon will discharge you. Nurses will provide you with pain relief and track your responsiveness.

You will need to have another person drive you home. This is because you will be wearing a sling across your arm and feeling the effects of the general anaesthetic. Attempting to drive after shoulder surgery is dangerous.

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Is shoulder surgery painful?

Shoulder surgery can be painful. Your doctor will prescribe you with medication to manage this pain. It is worth recognising that it is far more beneficial after having shoulder surgery. Having the treatment will slowly but surely reduce the pain that you initially had.

Medication

There are different types of medication prescribed for short-term pain relief after surgery. Pain management medication includes:

  •       Opioids
  •       Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  •       Acetaminophen
  •       Local anaesthetics

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.

Need Shoulder Surgery?

Do you need a qualified and caring practitioner in Sydney? Western Orthopaedics can help you. Dr Pavitar Sunner has the tools and training to treat any shoulder injury. He delivers all procedures with careful attention and expertise. Take the shoulder quiz today to find out how we can help you to start living pain-free.

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The 4 Most Common Hip Replacement Questions Answered

What is a Hip Replacement?

A hip replacement 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

What Are the Signs of Needing a Hip Replacement? 

You should seek hip-replacement surgery if you are having problems such as osteoarthritis. This chronic condition involves a deterioration of cartilage.

Rheumatoid arthritis is another condition. This is where there is inflammation of a joint lining and the lining becomes inflamed. Due to swelling that may occur, it can destroy the surrounding bone and cartilage.

Finally, if you are suffering from osteonecrosis then this is a sign that you may need to seek treatment. Osteonecrosis is a disease that causes a decrease in blood supply to an area of bone. Loss of blood can cause the bone to break down and collapse.

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How Painful is a Hip Replacement?

It is important to recognise your journey to take note of the gradual reduction of pain. After all, it is more painful to continue without a hip replacement than having one. Speak to your hip specialist to discuss the journey and take note of pain on the following dates:

  •         Before you have your surgery
  •         Your time during hospital
  •         The first two weeks after surgery
  •         3 months after surgery

A hip replacement is quite painful after surgery but not as painful as a knee replacement. Pain, swelling, and bruising are part of the natural recovery process. That is why medication is the best way to manage pain. Gentle activity and a healthy diet also contribute to a more successful recovery.

Medication

There are different types of medication prescribed for short-term pain relief after surgery.

Pain management medication includes:

  •         Opioids
  •         Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  •         Acetaminophen
  •         Local anaesthetics

It is best to try avoiding opioids after surgery. This is because these medications are narcotics and can cause addictions. If you need to use them, be sure to reduce the intake as your pain begins to reduce.

Gentle Activity

Exercise is an essential part of the healing process during the first few weeks. It can be beneficial to have a physical therapist help you at home or in a therapy centre. This is only for the first few weeks after surgery. 3 to 6 weeks following surgery is when you will be able to return to normal life.

Gentle activities include:

  •         Walking programs
  •         Specific gentle exercises several times a day. to restore movement and strengthen your hip.

Healthy Diet

Some people may lose their appetite for serval weeks after surgery. This is common, but, if you feel like you have lost your appetite then be sure to drink plenty of water. It is important to have a balanced diet and try nourishing your body in the best possible way.

Some people use an iron supplement as this is important to promote proper tissue healing. Iron also helps to restore muscle strength.

How Long Does Hip Replacement Recovery Take?

Rothman state that there are 5 tips for successful total hip replacement recovery. This includes:

  •         Having an exercise plan in place
  •         Maintaining a healthy diet and body weight
  •         Taking steps to prevent blood clots
  •         Preparing your household for reduced mobility

Western Orthopedics 

When you need a qualified and caring practitioner in Sydney, Western Orthopedics have a solution for you. Their principal orthopedic surgeon — Dr Pavitar Sunner — has the tools and training to treat any hip injury with careful attention and expertise. Complete this quick and easy hip quiz today to see how Dr Sunner can help you.

 

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Best Orthopedic Surgeon in Australia

What is an Orthopedic Surgeon?

Orthopedics is a branch of medicine that deals with correcting deformities. An orthopaedic surgeon is an expert who focuses on the musculoskeletal system. According to Very Well Health, orthopedic surgery is in-demand within the medical profession.

History of Orthopedics

In 1741, French physician Nicolas Andry de Bois-Regard created the term ‘orthopedics’.

Orthopedic surgery holds much history. The Greeks and Romans methodically studied medicine. They improved our awareness of orthopedic anatomy and surgical technique.

The Middle Ages created rapid advancement during the Renaissance. This included improvements in surgical technique and the development of orthopedic hospitals. These advances provided the foundations for modern orthopedics.

Currently, orthopedic surgery is a developing field of medicine. It has benefited from the works of many scholars and surgeons. It is important to recognise the successes and failures of the past. Recognising this opens doors to advanced research and practice. It also gives rise to improving patient care and clinical outcomes.

What Does an Orthopedic Surgeon do?

An orthopedic surgeon uses surgical and nonsurgical measures to treat musculoskeletal problems, including:

  • Trauma 
  • Fractures
  • Sports Injuries
  • Arthritis

There are many branches of orthopedics. Some are surgeons. They spend most of their time resetting bones and rebuilding muscular tissue. Others work in rehabilitation or with specified age groups.

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An orthopedic surgeon can treat all ages, from new-born to the elderly. An orthopedic surgeon specialises in many different areas of treatments, including:

  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Foot
  • Ankle
  • Shoulder
  • Elbow
  • Hand
  • Spine


Orthopedic Training 

An orthopedic surgeon first needs to complete a four-year undergraduate program. This includes one year of biology, two years of chemistry, and one year of physics. Then follows four years in medical school. The first two years are classroom-based and the final two are hospital-based.

Top Orthopedic Surgeon in Australia

When it comes to finding the best orthopedic surgeon, it is important to do your research. Sourcing expert advice and treatment is a must. Try finding one with a history of effective surgeries. This will help to ensure that you have successful orthopedic surgery and achieve the best possible recovery. It is vital that you feel comfortable with your orthopedic surgeon. It is also vital that you feel comfortable in discussing any concerns and questions.

Dr Pavitar Sunner

So that his patients receive the best possible orthopedic treatment, Dr Pavitar Sunner has completed the following training:

  • Medical Degree at the University of Sydney in 1989.
  • Orthopedic training in the North Side Sydney Training program.
  • One-year fellowship in Arthroscopic Surgery of the knee.
  • Shoulder/Sports Medicine.

In 2020, Dr Pavitar Sunner became one of the best orthopedic surgeons in Australia.

Western Orthopaedics

Need a qualified and caring practitioner in Sydney? Western Orthopedics can help you. Dr Sunner has the tools and training to treat any knee, hip, or shoulder injury. Are you living with pain? Take a quiz designed for you by Western Orthopedics to see what orthopedic solution you need.

Service Offering

Searching for an orthopedic surgeon? Western Orthopaedics is an ever-evolving team of dedicated specialists. Dr Sunner treats musculoskeletal injuries and provides the following surgical procedures: 

Location

Western Orthopedics offers orthopedic solutions in a range of locations in Sydney. Here’s a list of the 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

You can book in for a consultation by calling 02 4731 8466 or schedule an appointment by visiting the website.