Orthopedics is a division of surgery that deals with issues affecting the musculoskeletal system such as sports injuries, back pain, stiff neck, and arthritic hips and knees. The surgeons who have specialized in this field use both nonsurgical and surgical methods to treat these conditions. Many orthopedists specialize on specific areas like the hand, shoulder and elbow, foot and ankle, hip, knee, or spine. They may likewise opt to concentrate on specific fields such as trauma, pediatrics, reconstructive surgery, oncology, or sports medicine. To become a qualified orthopedic surgery, one must complete approximately fourteen years of formal education; 4 in college or university, 4 in medical school, 5 in orthopedic residency at a major medical center, and 1 in specialty training.
Common Orthopedic Procedures
There are numerous kinds of surgeries that orthopedists can perform. The most common ones are the joint replacement and spine surgery. Joint replacement involves removing a damaged or arthritic joint and replacing it with an artificial one called prosthesis. It can be a partial, total, or revision procedure. Total joint replacement is mostly done on patients diagnosed with severe arthritis to relieve the pain and increase the range of motion.
During this procedure, the orthopedist will do an assessment of the parts of the joint that are damaged and replace it with plastic and metal surfaces which are naturally shaped to restore movement and normal functioning. Spine issues cause back pain that hinders day to day activities of the patients. The spine surgery relieves this pain and leads to better physical fitness, increased activity, and productivity.
About Orthopedist Greg Finch
Greg Finch joined the University of Auckland in 1986 to pursue a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree and completed his studies in 1991. Greg is a qualified board certified orthopedic surgeon and a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He is skilled in all aspects of spinal surgery and has a special interest in the minimally invasive spine surgery, cervical spine surgery, and adult deformity.
Greg’s Professional Associations and Experience
Greg Finch is a member of various professional societies including the Spine Society of Australia and the North American Spine Society. He is a fellow of the Australian Orthopedic Association. From 1997, he worked as an orthopedic spine surgeon at New Zealand Orthopedic Association. From 2000 to 2002, Greg Finch was a spine surgeon at Royal Orthopedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust after leaving the Shriners Hospital for Children where he was a Pediatric orthopedic and spine surgeon. He has also worked at the Royal Perth Hospital, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, and is currently working at Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service.