Education & training
MB ChB 1982 Otago; FRACS 1989
Orthopaedic surgeon is a medical specialist who focuses on the diagnosis, care and treatment of patients with disorders of the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and skin. The types of conditions orthopaedic surgeons might treat include arthritis, cerebral palsy, club foot, congenital disorders, degenerative diseases, infections, musculoskeletal trauma, scoliosis, sports injuries and tumours. Spine Surgeon performs spinal surgery. Specialist treat patients with all spinal conditions, such as, spinal infections, spinal tumours, spinal degeneration, ie wear and tear, degenerative deformities, ie wear and tear leading to structural failure, scoliosis - twisting of the spine. Spine surgeon offers a wide range of minimally invasive spinal procedures including microdiscectomy, laminectomy and in some cases tumour removal. It involves the use of special surgical instruments, devices and advanced imaging techniques to visualize and perform the surgery through small incisions.