Prosthetic surgery treats degenerative diseases (affecting the majority of the population over 60) and post-traumatic injury (traffic accidents, accidental falls, etc.). Hip replacements, total joint or unicompartmental knee replacement, patello-femoral joint arthroplasty, arthroplasty of the shoulder, trapeziometacarpal (hand) arthroplasty .
The indications include: primary osteoarthritis, revisions of previous prostheses, rheumatoid arthritis, result of fracture, aseptic and septic loosening, painful prostheses, necrosis.
Prosthetics are placed with the aims of eliminating pain, restoring function and lasting over time. The pre-operative assessment of the patient must include a clear description and documentation of the risks and benefits. The patient's and the surgeon's expectations must be explicitly defined and the postoperative rehabilitation programme and its importance in the overall outcome of the procedure must be emphasised.
The Orthopaedic team also performs the following surgical procedures: neurolysis for carpal tunnel syndrome and ulnar nerve compression syndrome at the elbow, tenolysis for De Quervain's disease in the wrist, trigger finger tenolysis, cyst removal, aponeurotomy for Dupuytren's disease, tendon suturing, patellar and olecranon bursectomy, surgical correction of flat feet in children, surgical correction of hallux valgus and hammer toes of the feet.