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Orthopaedics & Trauma

Elective orthopaedic surgery is performed at Woodend Hospital, a mile from the main Foresterhill Site, whilst trauma surgery is managed at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (ARI). Woodend Hospital has six dedicated orthopaedic theatres, carrying out over 4500 cases per year.

A number of orthopaedic subspecialty and ‘general’ lists are catered for: shoulder, hand, spinal, sarcoma, revision/complex hip and knees and foot and ankle lists are all part of the weekly theatre schedule. Although a separate hospital to ARI, both the anaesthetists and surgeons work across both sites.

We have an evolving ERAS system for the primary hip and knee arthoplasty, and care for a large number of cases on an ambulatory basis using regional anaesthesia. A dedicated HDU facilitates complex and major surgery in our patient population, and support from acute pain team nurses helps ensure good practice.

Trauma surgery has a dedicated theatre list six days per week in ARI. We provide tertiary care for complex trauma in the North East of Scotland.