Trauma and orthopaedics is an area of surgery concerned with injuries and conditions that affect the musculoskeletal system (the bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves).

You may be referred to a trauma and orthopaedic consultant for treatment of an injury such as a bone fracture, a deformity of the spine or limbs, or a long-term condition that’s developed over many years, such as osteoarthritis.

We specialize in treating people of all ages, including:

  • newborns and children with deformities – such as congenital dislocation of the hip, club foot and scoliosis
  • young people who need joint preserving surgery – such as arthroscopic surgery or osteotomy
  • older people with irreversible degenerative joint problems – who need their joints replacing

Some of the most common operations orthopaedic surgeries include:

  • repairing fractured bones – for more information, you can read about:
  • broken arm or wrist
  • broken ankle
  • broken collarbone
  • broken hip
  • broken leg
  • broken ribs
  • arthroscopy – a minimally invasive (keyhole) technique, where tools are inserted into a joint to diagnose and repair damaged joint tissue, such as cartilage damage
  • repairing damaged muscles, torn tendons or torn ligaments
  • arthroplasty – surgery used to replace or resurface joints, usually because of arthritis; hip replacements and knee replacements are two widely used and highly effective operations