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Orthopaedic Surgery

A cut above cutting edge

Dr Porter is the only orthopaedic surgeon in Canberra to sub-specialise solely in “sports orthopaedics” – arthroscopic procedures of the upper and lower limbs. His sub-specialty typically includes: arthroscopy, reconstructive, osteotomy procedures and reparative procedures following trauma of the upper and lower limbs.

Learn more about some of the procedures below. Click on the “post-operation” link for down-loadable PDF version of the post-operative instructions.

Please note this is not a complete list of the surgeries we perform. If you’re interested in whether or not we can perform a particular surgery, please contact us.

To learn more about the specific injury or condition requiring surgery, as well as the procedure performed, click on the relevant heading below.

Fasciotomy / fasciectomy for chronic exertional compartment syndrome

This procedure is performed for "chronic exertional compartment syndrome" (CECS) that has failed to respond to non-operative treatment. The procedure involves releasing the tight walls of each of the compartments in the leg, via a number of small incision (mini-open) or two larger incisions (open).

Lateral ligament reconstruction

This operation is often perform for ankles that are unstable as a result of damage to the lateral ligament complex and they have not improved despite non-operative treatment

To learn more about the specific injury or condition requiring surgery, as well as the procedure performed, click on the relevant heading below.

Ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction

The elbow joint is formed where the forearm bones (radius and ulna) meet with the upper arm bone (humerus). It is a complex joint that permits both bending and straightening (flexion and extension) of the elbow, as well as rotation of the forearm (pronation-supination). The medial ligament of the elbow (ulnar collateral ligament or UCL) is one of the main stabilising ligaments of the elbow joint. Although the shape of the bones that make up the elbow joint contribute to most of the stability when the elbow is “locked out”. As soon as it bent slightly the joint becomes dependent upon the stability provided by the ligaments on either side of the elbow joint.

Elbow osteoarthritis

Surgical options for the younger patients

To learn more about the specific injury or condition requiring surgery, as well as the procedure performed, click on the relevant heading below.

Knee arthroscopy with repair of cartilage lesion or osteochondral lesion

This key-hole surgery is performed in an operating theatre with the patient under a general anaesthetic. The procedure is performed with the use of 2 or 3 small puncture holes or "portals" and in most cases the cartilage lesion can be repaired, without the need to make an incision. On occasions however, the surgeon may need to make an incision for technical reasons in order to achieve the best outcome. The operation is performed as day surgery usually.

Knee arthroscopy

Knee arthroscopy is a commonly performed, minimally invasive procedure, for complaints such as meniscal tears, cartilage injuries, osteochondritis dissecans (in adolescents), osteochondral lesions or injuries, and other causes of mechanical symptoms within the knee, not amenable to non-operative treatment. On occasions it is also used for diagnosis, and planning future treatments for the knee, such as osteotomies.

ACL Reconstruction

This is an operation commonly performed by sports orthopaedic surgeons, and an area of sub-specialty interest for Dr. Porter. He has published a number of articles in international orthopaedic journals on the topic. These are available on the "Journal" page of this website.

To learn more about the specific injury or condition requiring surgery, as well as the procedure performed, click on the relevant heading below.

SLAP (superior labrum anterior to posterior) repair

This procedure repairs the proximal (upper) attachment of the biceps tendon. The attachment is actually within the shoulder joint itself, where it blends with the labrum of the shoulder. It is an operation performed arthroscopically or "key-hole"

Shoulder rotator cuff repair

This operation is performed to repair / reattach the torn rotator cuff tendon(s) to the humerus. It is most often performed as an arthroscopic ("key-hole") procedure, but on occasions an incision (open operation) is required.

Shoulder anterior stabilization: arthroscopic

This "key-hole" surgery enables even complex instability patterns to be treated as an arthroscopic procedure. In appropriate cases, the outcomes are similar to those following the more invasive open operations, with less post-operative pain and morbidity.