A speciality with many names! In the UK we call it orthopaedic, in the US they drop an A to become orthopedic and, in Spain, it’s known as Traumatology which is similar to the German title of Trauma surgery.
All of this is to describe a surgeon who focuses on bones and joints.
Knee replacements, arthroscopies, hip replacements, shoulders, spines and broken bones – all of these come under the broad umbrella of orthopaedic surgery.
But, like all complicated tasks most of the really good people specialise. Just as you pick a restaurant that specialises in the style of food you want to eat, so too with surgeons.
And Dr Joris Van Der Lugt, our orthopaedic surgeon, specialises in hips and knees.
Knowing how picky I am about surgery, it’s not just any old hip or knee surgery. Oh no. Only the very best for my patients if you please.
For the last 10 years Dr Joris has focused on the Anterior Hip Approach performing thousands (literally!) of operations in his home base at the Haga hospital in the Hague in the Netherlands. He also trains the other hip surgeons in the Netherlands on how to perform this approach.
Why is this special? I go into quite a lot of detail here but the short version is: Less Risk, Shorter Recovery Time, Less Trauma to the surrounding tissues.
These are all VERY GOOD THINGS.
There are many different operations that can be done to knees. And, quite frankly, too many are done without a real need. They are often performed because that’s the only solution that doctor has to offer.
And then the patient is left still in pain having undergone a huge amount of trauma.
Now, usually, this is where I come in. The land of last resort! But I’m no longer alone.
Over the last few years Dr Joris has expanded his scope of practice to include knees. Particularly the revision of previous knee surgery – correcting mistakes.
So whether you’re not sure if you need surgery, or want to explore other options. Or if you’ve had surgery with no progress, Dr Joris and I have a plan for you.
Things that give you confidence in a surgeon – insisting on using his own anesthesiologist! The, too often unsung, hero of the operating theatre – the anesthesiologist is the one making sure that your heart keeps beating and your lungs keep breathing while you are far, far away and fast asleep.
And it’s their skill that means you need a minimum of medication with a minimum of side effects.
So if you come to see Dr Joris you will probably meet Dr Peter Van Aggelen as well – the anesthesiologist who works with Dr Joris to make sure that you stay relaxed and healthy throughout the procedure and wake up feeling great.
Dr Peter will work with you to make sure that you’re prepared for the operation and understand what will happen and who will be in the room when it happens. So you can relax knowing you’re in the best hands throughout.