As a leading specialist surgeon in orthopaedic trauma surgery, Dr Hartley offers a range of surgical solutions for sports injuries and fractures caused by traumatic events.
Orthopaedic trauma surgery is often required for fractures or injuries of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, nerves, blood vessels, or related soft tissues that commonly occur during sports, exercise or any other physical activity.
Dr Hartley will work with you to develop the best management plan for your fracture, your acute sports injuries or your chronic long term sports injuries, any of which can be associated with severe musculoskeletal trauma.
The treatment of musculoskeletal injuries includes both non-surgical and surgical methods and Dr Hartley and his staff work to deliver high quality, coordinated fracture care in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
In general, Dr Hartley’s orthopaedic trauma surgery services for fractures and sports injuries on the Gold Coast include:
The following is a short overview of the specific trauma surgery services offered by Dr Hartley’s practice.
Sports injuries of the knee, hand and hip are becoming much more frequent, most probably due to the increasing popularity of combative and full body contact sports in the community.
On the Gold Coast, we see many sports injuries caused by mishaps with skateboards, surfboards, water-skies and other fun sporting activities, which attract young people. Unfortunately, many of these sports injuries require trauma surgery and the services of a specialist orthopaedic surgeon.
Knee sports injuries: The most common surgical services for knee sporting injuries are repairs or reconstruction of an ACL rupture, repairs of meniscal tears or a dislocated patella. Depending on the extent of the sports injury, recovery time can take as long as 6 months or more.
Hand sports injuries: The most common sports injuries to the hand are skier’s thumb, De Quervain’s tendonitis and mallet finger. The type of trauma surgery required and the length of recovery depends on your specific injury, but can range from a few weeks to a few months.
Hip sports injuries: These generally include hip hamstring tears, hip ligamentum teres tears and hip labral tears and are frequently seen in professional sportspeople, dancers and runners. Again, the specifics of the orthopaedic trauma surgery and the recovery time, depend on your actual injury.
Sports injuries can also result in simple or more complex fractures of the knee, hand and hip, requiring orthopaedic trauma surgery by a specialist surgeon.
Knee fractures: There are a number of different fractures that occur to the knee, depending on the motion of your body at the time of the injury and which part of your knee was impacted. Most knee fractures take quite a few months for a full recovery following surgical intervention, requiring immobilisation of the knee joint for an extended period of time.
Hand fractures: With so many small bones in our hands, there is a variety of fractures that can occur in many different ways from just about any sport you can imagine.
Hip fractures: These can include fractures of the femoral head, neck or trochanter (just below the neck of the femur). All of these fractures can occur due to a fall in the elderly or due to trauma from a vehicle accident, they are less likely to be caused by a sporting injury. The pelvis can also suffer multiple fractures due to trauma, requiring orthopaedic trauma surgery by a specialist surgeon to stabilise the pelvis.
For more information on orthopaedic trauma surgery on the Gold Coast for fractures or sports injuries or to contact our specialist orthopaedic surgeon Dr Hartley - please call our receptionist - Annie Thomas on 1300 447 563 or complete our online enquiry form.