Mr. Benjamin Witte

Orthopaedic Surgeon
BMedSci, MBBS, FRACS (Orth)

Specialising in hip surgery, knee surgery, sports knee surgery, knee replacement and lower limb trauma.
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About
I am an experienced, fully qualified Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in knee surgery. During my years in practice I have particularly concentrated on sports knee surgery and knee replacement.

After I completed my Orthopaedic training here in W.A. in 2001 I travelled to Sydney to undergo further Fellowship training in sports knee surgery and knee arthroplasty with Leo Pinczewski at the Mater Hospital. I also worked with Bill Walter Senior also at the Mater Hospital doing a ‘mini-Fellowship’ in hip arthroplasty.

My private practice is located at St John of God Hospital Murdoch (in the Wexford Centre) and I operate at St John of God Murdoch, Murdoch Surgicentre and Rockingham General Hospital. I also regularly visit and operate in the Kimberly (especially Kununurra).

Since I have returned to Perth I have concentrated my practice south of the river and worked at Fremantle Hospital for 11 years (two as Head of Department of Orthopaedics) and have also worked at Armadale Hospital, Peel Health Campus and Rockingham Family Hospital (now Waikiki Private).
ACL reconstruction
  • More than 10 years experience with more than 100 ACL reconstructions per year
  • Proven technique with strong fixation femur and tibia
  • Early mobilisation with day case surgery
  • Early full weight-bearing/ no brace
  • Accelerated rehabilitation
  • Swimming (2 weeks), cycling (4 weeks) and jogging (10 weeks)
  • Back to sport after 9 months
  • Hamstring grafts (most proven and reliable)
  • No double bundle reconstructions, no LARS ligaments, no unproven techniques.
Knee replacement
  • Proven techniques
  • Proven prostheses
  • Experienced with computer navigation and patient matched cutting blocks
  • Experienced with ceramicised metal
  • Low revision rate
  • Extensive experience with Genesis II (Smith & Nephew) TKR
  • Trialing new ATTUNE (Johnson & Johnson-DePuy) TKR
  • ‘Uni’ knee options
  • ‘Patellofemoral’ knee replacement options.
 
Although knee replacement is an excellent operation and does provide very good results with pain relief and decreased disability, there are risks and potential complications. I am a firm believer in attempting good non-operative treatment before proceeding with knee replacement. Often this takes the form of exercise, such as cycling and getting in the pool, as well as physiotherapy, anti-inflammatory medications and aiming for weight loss.
Total Hip Replacement
I have many years experience in primary hip replacement surgery. After a long series of cemented hip replacements (Exeter) I moved to Smith & Nephew ANTHOLOGY which uses a ceramicised metal head (Oxinium).

This hip replacement with the ceramicised metal on poly bearing surface has the best results in the Australian Hip Registry. At this stage I do not believe patients will get a better result with metal-on-metal hip replacement, ceramic-on-ceramic hip replacements or anterior approach surgery.

I offer well-proven small posterior approach surgery with the best implant on the Australian market
Practice Philosophy
My mission as an Orthopaedic Surgeon is to use my experience and expertise to help the people who come to see me with their problems. I see it as my job to get people back to their sport, their exercise and lifestyle. Sometimes this involves precision ACL reconstructive surgery or knee replacement and at other times people need further non-operative treatment with physiotherapy and more time for their knee problem to settle down. This is often the case with torn cartilages in the knee for which I believe there is no rush to have an operation.

Obviously one of my major jobs is to relieve pain, in particular hip and knee replacements are amongst the most successful operations ever invented for relieving pain and suffering. One of my jobs is to cautiously choose proven prostheses and surgical techniques and to avoid surgical ‘fads and fashions’.
Personal
I am happily married to Sarah and we have four children. My interests outside of work and family include fitness (cycling and CrossFit), health and nutrition as well as travel and reading.
Education and Qualifications
Undergraduate:
B Med Sci 1986 (University of Tasmania)
Frank W Fay prize in Surgery 1988
(Elective: Orthopaedics, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia) 1989
MBBS 1989 (University of Tasmania)

Postgrad:
AO Fellowship Karlsruhe Germany 1996
SE Thames Orthopaedic Training Scheme UK 1995–1996
Orthopaedic Registrar Research prize (Best Paper) AORA 1999
West Australian Orthopaedic Advanced Surgical Training 1998–2001
FRACS (Ortho) 2001

Post Fellowship:
Knee Arthroplasty and sports knee fellowship Jan–July 2003 with Leo Pinczewski (NSOSM).
Hip Arthroplasty with Bill Walter Snr, Mater Hospital Aug–Sept 2003