Orthopaedics

The knee, shoulder, elbow, ankle and foot are body parts that we tend to ignore.

We become aware of their importance usually after an injury. The only thing we want to know at that point is whether we have reliable and strong support, how quickly we will recover and when we will return to our daily activities.

The Etela Medical Centre is a health care provider distinguished for its responsible approach that each patient has recognized. We provide diagnostic services; treat illnesses, disorders or injuries of the musculoskeletal system. Since all our patients want to „stand on their feet” as soon as possible after surgery, we use the least invasive procedures which enable small incisions and leave small scars, cause less pain and significantly speed up recovery.

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The shoulder is the most versatile joint in our locomotor system. Although it is not under direct pressure as the spine or lower extremities joints, many everyday activities can cause the painful shoulder syndrome. On the other hand, sports such as volleyball, tennis, handball or water polo, put significant pressure on the shoulder joint causing frequent injuries which make this joint quite unstable resulting in frequent and recurring joint dislocations. In addition, injuries of the shoulder tendons can make the whole arm become weak.

However, thanks to modern orthopaedic methods which are used in the Etela Polyclinic, major shoulder injuries can also be treated successfully in several stages with a fast and safe recovery, leaving barely visible scars.

The elbow is one of the most important joints in the human body which enables the mobility of hands. Simpler elbow injuries can be treated with physical therapy, for example, the well-known tennis elbow syndrome, while elbow contracture or fracture in the elbow area are most often treated using arthroscopic operative procedures. Regardless of the type of injury, when applying operative procedures which are minimally invasive, there is no need to make large incisions and the recovery is much faster than in classic operative procedures.
The hand wrist and hands enable us to perform our daily activities. Therefore, they are more prone to injuries. Pain and injuries to ligaments, tendons, muscles, joints or bones can reduce the functionality of upper extremities what negatively affects the quality of life.

Thanks to minimally invasive surgery, treating wrist and hand injuries is possible without the traditional open incisions. Arthroscopic methods are applied for treating the carpal tunnel syndrome, removing loose bodies in joints and for treating joint ligament injuries. The advantages of this approach are reduced risk and faster recovery.

The hip is the largest ball and socket joint in the human body, located relatively deep below layers of fat and muscle tissue and the firm joint capsule.

The most frequent cause of problems in the hip area is progressive degenerative disease of joint cartilage called arthrosis or osteoarthritis of the hip joint. In the Etela, we perform arthroscopic operations which can postpone the need for hip replacement for some time. Through several smaller incisions, it is possible to repair the damaged cartilage surface, increase the range of motion in the joint and also partially treat labrum or „hip meniscus“ disease. If the joint is affected by degenerative process too much, we replace the damaged hip joint with the most modern implant according to the needs of each of our patient using minimally invasive operative techniques. The procedure is characterized by small incisions and minimal damage to structures surrounding the hip joint resulting in less postoperative pain and quick recovery.

There are indeed few people who are actively engaged in some sport without ever having injured their knee. Regardless of whether we are walking, sitting or standing, the weight of our body puts pressure on our lower extremities making them an easy target for injuries and pain and often we are not aware of it.

Knee injuries can be divided into sprains and strains as well as injuries of more important parts such as meniscus and ligaments. The former fall into the category of simpler injuries and it is enough to treat them using physical therapy methods while in more serious injuries, an operation is usually necessary. Thanks to modern orthopaedic methods which are used in the Etela Polyclinic, even with the most complicated injuries, a fast recovery is possible and the patient can return to everyday activities very quickly feeling minimal pain.

In case of degenerative problems we perform a range of operations in the knee area, from osteotomies (procedures which correct the misalignment of lower extremities), replacements of only a part of the knee (internal or external part or part of the knee which constitutes the joint with patella) to total knee replacements. The knee joint replacements that we perform include minimally invasive methods what enables our patients full weight bearing and removing the crutches as early as 10 to 15 days after surgery and maximum mobility of the replaced knee.

Regardless of which activity we undertake, the weight of our body puts most pressure on the knees and ankles thus making the injuries to these extremities most frequent. Although athletes are most prone to this kind of injury, there are few people who have never experienced sprain accompanied by swelling and pain.

It should be pointed out that in case of sprains and ligament injuries it is sufficient to immobilize the joint functionally using an ankle brace and carry out physical therapy until the patient fully recovers. In case of more serious injuries such as ligament reconstruction or degenerative changes in the ankle joint, an operative treatment is necessary. Thanks to arthroscopic techniques used in the Etela Medical Centre, a very fast recovery after surgery is possible even in case of more serious injuries or diseases. The patient is able to return both to everyday activities and top level sports activities.

Did you know that even shoes which are too tight can cause injuries and pain in the foot? Pain occurs due to different deformities and in different parts of the foot – from the toes to the ankle. In some cases, the pain is mild and short lasting while in other it can cause problems in walking and stiffness.

Persistent wearing of uncomfortable, usually tight shoes which puts pressure on the toes and puts them into an unnatural position causes the great toe to turn towards the outer side of the foot which is medically termed Hallux valgus deformation. Orthopaedic surgery uses different kinds of operative procedures for treating this deformity but thanks to the methods used in the Etela Medical Centre a very fast recovery and return to daily activities is possible. For example, after our outpatient hallux valgus correction surgery (without having to stay at our clinic) we stimulate patients to walk wearing special shoes as early as the first post-operative day.

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