Orthopaedic surgery is the area of healthcare which involves conditions affecting the bones and joints of the body as well as the spine.

Problems with these structures can occur through injury such as a car crash or an accident at work. Also, our joints and our spine can become worn as we get older – what is often called ‘arthritis’.

At The James Cook University Hospital , the orthopaedic department provides a wide range of services to cover all of these injuries and conditions affecting the joints and the spine.

Diagnosis (finding out what is wrong) , treatment (which may involve surgery or other measures such as physiotherapy)  and rehabilitation (helping you get better after surgery) are all provided at the hospital.

The orthopaedic department is a busy area of the hospital, dealing with with around 60,000 outpatients appointments and 3,500 emergency admissions a year across both sites. 27 highly trained consultant surgeons  are supported by a great team of physiotherapists, nurses and occupational therapists, all focussed on getting the best possible recovery for our patients.

We offer surgery at two hospitals: The James Cook University Hospital and the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton. Where you have your surgery will depend largely on what is wrong and what type of surgery you need. Also it will depend on what type of medical support and rehabilitation you may require after your operation.

The department offers many services including:

  • Trauma surgery (all of the operations needed to help fix broken bones after injuries and accidents)
  • Acute knee injury clinic
  • Arthroscopic re-constructive surgery for sports injuries of shoulder
  • Computer assisted orthopaedic surgery
  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Hand and wrist surgery
  • Hand and upper limb surgery for rheumatoid disease
  • Primary and revision (complicated)  hip and knee arthoplasty
  • Soft tissue (ligament and cartilage) knee surgery
  • Limb reconstruction (helping bones to heal and correcting defoermed bones)
  • Shoulder and elbow surgery
  • Spinal cord injury and surgery for broken bones in the spine
  • Spinal deformities
  • Spinal infections and tumours
  • Spinal surgery for arthritis

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