Orthopaedics WA News
June 2023 – St John of God Murdoch Hospital has become first hospital in Perth to introduce a type of robotic surgery technology to replace worn knees.
The VELYS Robotic-Assisted Solution helps surgeons perform knee replacement surgery that can be tailored to each patient, and is designed to provide digital precision and accuracy to get them mobile quickly.
Orthopaedic surgeon Associate Professor Chris Jones, who played an advisory role in the robot's development, performed the first knee replacement surgery in WA using the VELYS system at SJOG Murdoch.
The technology is designed to help surgeons achieve a well-balanced and precisely positioned total knee replacement, without the need for pre-operative CT scans.
On average, SJOG Murdoch does about 1300 total knee replacements a year, with this number predicted to increase rapidly over the coming years due to the ageing population and obesity crisis.
The robotic system is also being installed at several other SJGHC hospitals including Bunbury, and Geelong and Ballarat in Victoria.
9 Dec 2022 – Professor Piers Yates named 2022 St John of God Murdoch Hospital Doctor of the Year
Professor Piers Yates has been named St John of God Murdoch Hospital’s Doctor of the Year.
Prof Yates, Head of Orthopaedics, accepted the award at the Hospital’s Doctors’ Christmas Celebration last night.
Described by colleagues as the “ultimate professional, who is laser sighted on patient outcomes,” Prof Yates is highly respected by St John of God Murdoch Hospital and the wider medical community for his leadership in orthopaedics research, implant and instrument design and for his generous contribution to the education of the next wave of orthopaedic surgeons.
In announcing the award, St John of God Murdoch Hospital CEO, Ben Edwards commended Prof Yates for his leadership of the Hospital’s Orthopaedics unit and shared remarks from Hospital colleagues, “Piers has a great capacity to learn and continually strives to improve, never putting things in the ‘too hard basket’. He is the problem solver. The one who gets people out of tricky situations. He has great courage, but is not reckless – and dares to push the boundaries.”
“He is devoted, committed, loyal, caring and a perfectionist.”
Away from the Operating Theatre, Prof Yates is an award-winning artist. His sculptures, made using surgical instruments, adorn multiple walls in the Hospital.
Prof Yates gifted an ‘orthopaedic tree’ to St Francis ward made of scissors collected on the ward. A crucifix, made using discarded theatre instruments and equipment, hangs proudly outside the Hospital’s Chapel.
Congratulations to our 2022 Doctor of the Year, Prof Piers Yates.
2019 – ORFWA.
The Orthopaedic Research Fund of WA was set up 2018 to facilitate quality musculoskeletal research in WA. Chaired by Piers Yates, Peter D’Alessandro, Jay Ebert and Chris Jones. We have already produced a number of publications and projects from this venture.
August 2019, Professor Yates awarded national award for research by the Australian Orthopaedic Association in recognition of career achievement.
This is the first time it has been awarded to an orthopaedic surgeon in Western Australia. The presentation was in Canberra in October 2019.
Mr Chris Jones appointed Head of Orthopaedics at the Mount hospital.
Specialising in Primary hip and knee replacement, Computer-assisted and Robot-assisted surgery, Unicompartmental knee replacement, Hip Resurfacing, Revision hip and knee replacement, Prosthetic Joint Infection and Trauma surgery, Mr Jones works privately through Orthopaedics WA at St John of God Hospital Murdoch and The Mount Hospital.
2018: Professor Piers Yates is elected Head of Orthopaedics at Murdoch Private hospital.
In 2018 Professor Piers Yates is elected the Head of Orthopaedics at Murdoch hospital, where he will be working on a number of projects, including developing the WA private orthopaedic trauma system.
Mr Chris Jones joins Orthopaedics WA with his first clinic on the 28th August.
Raised in Western Australia and educated at Hale School, Chris Jones is a triple-fellowship trained Orthopaedic Surgeon with a PhD from the University of Western Australia in surgery, pathology and biomechanical engineering.
Orthopaedics WA's new consulting rooms are now open in a central Perth location at Mount Medical Centre, 146 Mounts Bay Road.
In addition to our current Clinic in the Wexford Medical Centre, Murdoch Hospital, Orthopaedics WA is also at Suite 51 of the Mount Medical Centre, next to Mount Hospital for your convenience. See this page for more details.
Launch of Orthocomp WA
With our dedicated elective and trauma orthopaedic specialist and rehabilitation service from Guardian Exercise Rehabilitation we can provide a streamlined service for patients with Workers' Compensation or motor vehicle related injuries.
Our Newest Surgeon: THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED ARRIVAL OF DANIEL MARSHALL BSC, MBBS, FAORTHA
My name is Dr Daniel Marshall, and I hold esteemed fellowships with the Australian Orthopaedic Association (FAOrthA) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS).
My specialist training includes lower limb surgery and trauma, with a particular focus on lower limb deformity correction and foot & ankle surgery with completion of the Lower Limb lengthening & Reconstruction Surgery Fellowship in Sydney, NSW, as well as Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Fellowship, skills that I fine tuned at the renowned Exeter Royal and Devon Hospital in 2023, recognised as one of the world’s leading hip units.
My specialist skills obtained during training in WA and NSW as well as international Fellowships and visitations, include complex procedures of the foot and ankle, total ankle arthroplasty, minimally invasive foot and ankle surgery, deformity correction using intramedullary and circular frame devices, robotic- assisted partial knee, total knee arthroplasty and total hip arthroplasty. I am Fellowship trained with the ROSA and MAKO robot for hip and knee arthroplasty procedures.
Presently, I am contracted publicly with South Metropolitan Area Health Services in Western Australia including service at Fiona Stanley, Fremantle and Rockingham General Hospitals. I also conduct private lists as part of the esteemed Orthopaedics WA team out of St John of God Hospital Murdoch.
Prior to my training, I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Anatomy &
Human Biology at the University of Western Australia (UWA). Subsequently, I pursued my post-graduate Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at University of Notre Dame, Fremantle.
My journey in the medical field began as a Junior Medical Officer in Western Australia at Fremantle Hospital, where I decided to cross the Nullabor and embarked on the NSW Orthopaedic training program. This invaluable experience allowed me to broaden my horizons by working in various healthcare settings across Sydney and regional New South Wales for a span of seven years, prior to moving home to Western Australia to finish my Orthopaedic training.
Throughout my career, I have gained extensive international exposure through multiple hospital visitations and Fellowships across Europe, UK and America and provided much needed Orthopaedic care with WACHS in remote communities in the Kimberley, WA and Tonga as part of medical outreach work. Furthermore, I have contributed to The Journal of Arthroplasty through my published research and have presented at numerous regional, national and international conferences.
I am dedicated to providing high-quality orthopaedic care to reduce pain and regain function whilst preserving range of motion, with the goal to improve patients quality of life.
Exciting News: OrthopaedicsWA in Murdoch Expanding with New Rooms!
We are thrilled to announce a significant enhancement at Orthopaedics WA in Murdoch - the opening of new, state-of-the-art consultation rooms! As a leader in orthopaedic care, this expansion allows us to better serve our patients' needs and provide an even more comfortable and efficient environment for consultations.
Located in the heart of Murdoch, these new rooms are designed with patient convenience in mind. Featuring modern amenities and the latest medical technology, they will facilitate our renowned orthopaedic specialists in delivering top-notch care.
From fractures to joint replacements, sports injuries to musculoskeletal conditions, our team is ready to provide tailored treatment plans in these new spacious and welcoming rooms. This expansion aligns with our commitment to offering the highest quality orthopaedic services and ensuring patient comfort every step of the way.
Stay tuned for more updates on the opening of our new consultation rooms at Orthopaedics WA in Murdoch. We look forward to continuing to serve our community with excellence in orthopaedic care.
New rooms set to open in Suite 205, 44 Barry Marshall Parade, Murdoch WA 6150 at the end of 2023.
All of our existing rooms will remain unchanged and Wexford Medical Centre will continue to be our main office for all enquiries.
Dr Li-On Lam joins the Orthopaedics WA team this month. Specialising in shoulder, hip and knee surgery, Dr Lam and provides comprehensive non-operative and operative management.
He offers No Gap Cover for all major health funds, and he welcomes Private, Public, DVA, MVIT and Workers Compensation patients.
Mr Thomas Bucher joins the group, bringing his experience of hip, knee and ACL surgery.
Orthopaedics WA celebrated our second birthday.
Mr Boris Brankov joins the group, brings his experience of foot and ankle surgery. With a dedicated foot and ankle surgeon, we are now able to offer a very efficient foot and ankle service for our patients. He is NO GAP with all major health funds.
Mr Andrew Mattin joins the group, brings his experience of shoulder, knee and hip surgery.
Fiona Stanley Hospital open for Trauma.
Mr Ben Witte joined the group, bringing with him many years experience in knee particularly ACL and hip surgery.
New Orthopaedics WA Clinic opens in the Wexford Medical Centre, Murdoch Hospital.
The new rooms bring together a group of orthopaedic specialists interested in advancing orthopaedics through research, teaching and leadership. We all also operate in Fremantle University hospital. See this page for more details.
Associate Professor Gareth Prosser and Professor Piers Yates appointed as Co-Heads of Orthopaedics and Trauma at Fiona Stanley Hospital.
Participants took part in a series of Presentations, Practical Workshops and Tabletop Discussions throughout the Day. Earn 40 (Cat1) CPD Points.
More details are in the pdf flyer.
This educational series of short talks, small group sessions and forum discussions entitled Optimising Orthopaedic Patient Care and Outcomes covering the upper and lower limb areas including: hip, knee, elbow and shoulders was conducted by Orthopaedics WA surgeons Simon Wall, Satyen Gohil, Thomas Bucher, Ben Witte, Gareth Prosser, Andy Mattin, Li-on Lam and Piers Yates.
Keep an eye out for future information evenings for Physiotherapists.
Participants took part in a series of Journal Article Discussions, Practical Workshops, Case Studies and Tabletop Discussions throughout the Day. The details are in the pdf flyer.
Opening Orthopaedics WA Clinic, Suite 15, First floor, Wexford Medical Centre, Murdoch Hospital.
New theatres open at Murdoch Hospital.
Fiona Stanley Hospital Opens to Elective Orthopaedics.
- Uncemented vs cemented cups and wear. Yates, Burston, Wood. Perth
- NCB plate for periprosthetic fractures. Yates, Nikoloski. Fremantle
- Posterior malleolar fractures and fixation. Yates, Thomas. Fremantle
- Pain cocktail and TKR. Yates, Perrett. Fremantle
- Flexion gap inbalance. Yates, Stoffel, Jeffcote, Kuster. Fremantle
- Alcohol dressings on wounds. Yates. Fremantle
- Revision TKR for Stiffness. Gardner
- Tibial jigs in TKR. Yates, Wysocki, Fremantle, SJOGM
- Captive cups. Maor, Yates. Fremantle
- Tibial cementing TKR. Yates, Li, Eranki. Fremantle
- Day one/ zero THR mobilisation. Yates, Hefer, Ridley, Headford. Fremantle OPH
- Lisfranc fractures. Yates, Sowman, Eranki. Fremantle
- PFN vs TFN. Nikoloski, Yates, Myerkort. Fremantle
- Absolut stem. Jones, Yates. Fremantle.
- New knee assessment score (PKIP). Yates, Beverland. Frematle, Ireland, USA
- Accolade II. Stryker, Yates. Fremantle, USA
- Saiph TKR. Yates. Fremantle, NSW, Vic, UK
- THR survival in AVN. Young, Yates. Fremantle/AOA
- Uncemented THR in elderly patients. Myerkort, Yates. Fremantle/AOA
- Clexane and wound complications after joint replacement. Yates, Cusick, Wood. Fremantle, HPH
- Spectron stem at 10 years. Burston, Yates, Wood. WA
- Blood management in Fremantle. Yates, Prosser, haematology. Fremantle
- Tranexamic acid in Orthopaedics. Yates, Prosser, McGrath. Fremantle
- Early Rehabilitation after revision TJR. Yates, SJOGM
- Fractures through skeletal metastisis. Hill, D’Allessandro, Yates. Fremantle
- Fractured hips and osteoarthritis. Yates, Gallagher, Fremantle
- A new protocol for follow up of joint replacement in WA. Yates, Headford. Fremantle
- Revision TKR for component malposition. Fremantle
- Periprosthetic infections. Manning, Clark, Yates, Prosser. Fremantle
- Periprosthetic fixation using the Spider plate. Yates, Taheri, Fremantle
Arthroplasty Society of Australia, Fremantle, WA.
Piers Yates is presenting at the annual meeting of the AOA Arthroplasty Society of Australia, which this year is being held in Fremantle.
- Resurfacing vs modular Adept metal on metal hip replacement.
- I love tranexamic acid.
- Outcomes of treatment of 150 prosthetic joint replacements in Fremantle Hospital.
Asia Pacific Orthopaedic Meeting, Singapore.
Piers Yates will present on revision knee replacment and periprosthetic fracture.
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Suite 15, Wexford Medical Centre
St John of God Hospital Murdoch
3 Barry Marshall Parade
Murdoch WA 6150
Tel: (08) 9312 1135
Fax: (08) 9332 1187
Orthopaedics WA – Perth
Suite 51, Mount Medical Centre
146 Mounts Bay Road
Perth WA 6000
Tel: (08) 9312 1135
Fax: (08) 9332 1187
Office Hours: 9am–5pm
Monday to Friday (closed public holidays)