In this webinar, Professor Choong will cover the types of common painful conditions of large and small joints that people may complain of to their general practitioners. Conditions affecting the hip, knee and spine are common for the larger joints, while toe, foot and hand represent the smaller joint affected by painful conditions. In all of these, there is a strong place for non-surgical care which includes rest, activity modification, exercise and pain and anti-inflammatory medication. When symptoms have reached a stage where the quality of life is significantly impacted despite these non-surgical options, surgery may be required. Professor Choong will also cover the types of surgeries that may be offered for arthritis, when they should be considered, what the risks of surgery are, and what happens afterwards.
Our presenter: Peter is the Sir Hugh Devine Professor of Surgery at St. Vincent’s Hospital, and the Head of the Department of Surgery of the Melbourne Medical School. He is also the Chair of the Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma Service at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and recently stepped down as Director of Orthopaedics at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne after almost 25 years. Peter is also a past President of the Australian Orthopaedic Association (AOA). Peter has research grant funding of over $25 million for arthritis surgery research, studying the treatment of bone tumours and advanced limb reconstruction. He has published over 450 peer-reviewed articles and leads the NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence into Total Joint Replacement, is the Principal Clinical Lead in the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and leads the Advanced Limb Reconstruction Research Programme at St. Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. He is an NHMRC Practitioner Fellow. His most prestigious awards include the John Mitchell Crouch Fellowship (2008) from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Mayo Clinic Coventry Award (2014), the City of Melbourne Award (2015), and the NHMRC Award for Research Excellence (2019).
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