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Back on your feet in no time with the Mater Private Hospital Cork

New Orthopaedic and Spine Centre offers a fully integrated, comprehensive service for your needs

The new Orthopaedic and Spine Centre has 12 consultation rooms, physiotherapy and rehab gym, x-ray and bone density scanner and direct link to the hospital via a third floor bridge

The new Orthopaedic and Spine Centre has 12 consultation rooms, physiotherapy and rehab gym, x-ray and bone density scanner and direct link to the hospital via a third floor bridge

ARE you waiting for a new hip or knee in 2018? At the new Orthopaedic and Spine Centre at Mater Private Hospital Cork, we can tend to your needs within a month and have you back on your feet before the summer.

Ten specialist surgeons and rheumatologists work together to provide one of the most advanced orthopaedic and bone health services in Ireland.

In this dedicated centre patients from Limerick and the Midwest can visit their consultant, have their x-rays/bone density scans performed and get advice from specialist nurses and physiotherapists in just one visit.

Mater Private Cork is Ireland’s newest private hospital and home to the biggest Orthopaedic Centre outside of Dublin. The new Orthopaedic and Spine Centre, has:

  • 12 Consultation Rooms to serve Orthopaedic Spine and Ophthalmology Services
  • Physiotherapy and Rehab Gym
  • Digital X Ray and Bone density scanner
  • Complete Paperless Electronic System (KM Medical ) delivered via Apple Hardware
  • Direct link to the hospital via the bridge on the 3rd floor

Consultant Surgeon Mr Mahalingam explains that “our bones have many functions including providing structure, keeping us upright, anchoring muscles and very importantly they store calcium.”

It is recommended that we should have about 1,000 milligrams a day of calcium in our diets or supplements and slightly higher if you are a woman over 50 years or a man over 70 years.

Your family doctor can help you calculate how much you may need. Women need slightly more calcium earlier because their bones are less dense and bone loss increases significantly at menopause due to falling hormone levels.

Despite scientific endeavours and modern medicine as many as half of adults over 65 years have arthritis and two-thirds of people with arthritis are under the age of 65 years.

For many there will come a time to consider the need for hip and knee replacement surgery as their condition impacts on their quality of life.

It is a decision that should involve discussion with your family doctor and indeed were necessary referral to an orthopaedic surgeon to learn more about the risks and benefits of surgery.

If you are thinking about hip or knee replacement surgery you may want to consider if some of these issues are relative to you.

Have you joint pain and stiffness? It may be time for a new joint if it hurts so much that it’s hard to walk, climb stairs, get up from a chair, or do other activities.

Is the pain also long-term, lasting at least six months or more?

Does your joint condition affect your daily life? It’s not just pain itself that matters, but the impact it has on your regular routine.

Do your joint problems limit what you can do?

Does it cause your mood to change?

Is there significant bone damage? X-rays and other imaging tests can show if your arthritis or other conditions are taking a toll on your joints.

Do other treatments not help? Medication, injections, or devices like walkers aren't giving you the relief you need.

We all know about the lengthy waiting lists for hip and knee surgery so try to stay well, take your supplements and medication and exercise when possible.

If you don’t have private health insurance perhaps you may want to fund the surgery yourself, many do.

Discuss the option with your family doctor we at Mater Private Hospital Cork will be happy to take a call and provide a quote if necessary and certainly its worth visiting one of our consultants in our new centre to discuss your options.

To contact the Orthopaedic and Spine Centre at Mater Private Cork

Phone - 021-6013200, email cork@materprivate.ie or check out our website.