Orthopaedic surgery is a specialty dealing with acute injuries, congenital and acquired disorders and chronic arthritic or overuse conditions of the bones, joints and their associated soft tissues, including ligaments, nerves and muscles.
Trauma and orthopaedics as a specialty makes up roughly a third of the surgical workforce and accounts for 43 percent of all surgical episodes in the NHS.
The aim of our department is to provide an efficient and responsive service with an easy referral pathway from GP to appropriate clinician, and to provide a first definitive treatment for our patients within 18 weeks.
Most consultants work alongside general surgeons in emergency trauma dealing with bony and soft tissue injuries admitted through our A&E Departments. The vast majority also have a specialist interest in a particular orthopaedic condition including the following:
Services are provided on an inpatient and outpatient basis and take a multi-disciplinary team approach. Outpatient appointments can take place at clinics in Fakenham, Littleport (Ely), Wisbech and Kings Lynn or here at the hospital.
Our Orthopaedic department works closely with the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy departments to provide a rehabilitation programme with the aim of aiding recovery post operation.
The department also runs a joint clinic with the Diabetic Service, which focuses on issues with diabetic patient's and their feet, and also provide a pathway into the Orthotic service.
Among the main procedures undertaken by Orthopaedic surgeons at the QEH are:
We currently employ 10 Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons that cover the procedures and conditions listed above.
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