When medications, other procedures and/or physio are determined as being in-effectual in your treatment then surgery, to improve one’s lifestyle, becomes the preferred option

Working with the professional theatre team and skilled anaesthetists at the Cairns Private Hospital we are able to carry out all surgical procedures effectively.

The Orthopaedic ward is staffed by experienced qualified nurses. Their compassionate care is combined with extensive orthopaedic experience. The Orthopaedic unit is supported by a multidisciplinary team, including physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

The ward is fully equipped with the latest mobility aids and equipment to assist with mobilisation and rehabilitation, including crutches, four-wheel walkers, pick up frames and rollator frames.

The hospital provides a pre-admission clinic and you will receive information about your stay.

To provide you, our patient, with peace of mind we would like you to consider some of the most common surgical procedures, that, if the need arises, can improve your life’s quality.

Knee Arthroscopy

A telescope/video camera is put in through two small cuts at the front of the knee. This then enables us to remove any torn fragments of what is causing the problem, a procedure which will almost certainly remove the pain. This procedure reflects a low complication rate.

The procedure traditionally is performed as Day Surgery with the potential to return to work within a few days, however, exercise caution as full recovery may be 6 - 12 months.

ACL Reconstruction (Anterior Cruciate Ligament)

A knee arthroscopy is performed. We then make an incision just below the knee and the hamstring tendons are removed enabling a tendon graft to be placed up through the knee replacing the Hamstring and fixed in place using a plastic bioabsorbable pin.

This procedure also has low complications and will see you overnighting in hospital. You will have with 1-2 weeks using crutches and up to 6 weeks off work. Full recovery could take 12 months.

Our impressive list of services and procedures continues

Shoulder Arthroscopic Acromioplasty

After an Arthroscopic examination of the shoulder, the objective of this procedure is to stop the tendon rubbing on the bony arch as your arm is being elevated. This is achieved with the removal of bone from the bony arch to open the space available for the tendon.

Low rates of complication with an overnight stay in hospital. Unfortunately, soreness will be experienced for 2 weeks and up to 8 weeks for a return to work. Full recovery may not be for a year.

Total Knee/Hip Replacement

There are occasions where alternate treatments prove in-effective and a total Knee or hip replacement is warranted. These procedures remove the diseased joints and replaces them with an artificial joint. These procedures will provide relief from the relentless pain. The prosthesis is sophisticated but can’t function as effectively as the real joint. Once again, low complications.

Your hospital stay usually is 5 – 10 days. You will have home style mobility for 6 weeks. Return to most activities around the 90-day mark with full mobility returning at around 12 months.

Lumbar Discectomy

This procedure is performed on the spine. A discectomy is the surgical removal of abnormal disc material that presses on a nerve root or the spinal cord. Following on from a thorough X-ray of the spine this critical procedure involves removing a portion of an intervertebral disc, which causes pain, weakness or numbness by stressing the spinal cord or radiating nerves.

This procedure requires up to nights in hospital with a return to work around the 6 - 12 weeks and a full recovery will be experienced in about 12 months. We will discuss with you the complications.


Who is David Shepherd?

David Shepherd, born, educated and trained in Queensland, is the Director of Cairns’ much renowned OrthoShep, a private practice located in the Cairns hospital precincts. Since 1993, David and his professional team have helped many patients with their orthopaedic concerns.

How can OrthoShep help?

Being a general orthopaedic specialist and surgeon we will address all your concerns whilst offering a detailed examination of the problems you are having. We will display a caring and sensitive approach to assess and/or diagnose your condition. Your concerns become our primary focus.

We fully endorses an exercise regime for bone health

When you engage in regular physical activity you will build healthy bones. With aging, bones can become very weak and fragile and regular exercise, which can be at a home with a personal trainer, at a gym or even with your preferred physiotherapist is important for building strong bones and it is essential for maintaining bone strength.

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