Ian Skinner

Ian Skinner

Orthopaedic Surgeon

Specialist in: Hip and knee surgery

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367 Canning Hwy (Sportreat Building) 6157 Palmyra

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"I was told I needed both hips replaced. went to dr Skinner for 2nd opinion. He is awesome I live 7hours from perth and he took time to investigate hip problems had 2 joint injections, all arranged while I was in perth. I don't need hip replacements!!!
He is friendly and listens and is very thorough."

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  • FRACS (Orthopaedic Surgery)
  • BBusWAIT1980
  • MBBSUniversity of Western Australia1987
  • FRACSRoyal Australasian College of Surgeons1998
  • FAOAAustralian Orthopaedic Association2001

About Me

· You will find Ian is friendly and approachable. He takes the time to listen to you, understand your problem and explain the treatment options for your situation. You are encouraged to ask questions and can expect a full and clear answer. You will have a clear plan and a full understanding of your options.

· Ian believes that surgery not the first and best choice for every patient. He is happy to treat you without surgery if that is your preference. If you decide that surgery is the best solution for you, Ian is a careful and measured surgeon. Always looking to ensure that he is at the 'cutting edge' of his craft, Ian travels internationally to make the latest proven treatments available to you.

· Expect be treated with respect and compassion. Please feel free to bring a support person along to your appointment

· There is a dedicated team to support you. The 'best in the west' reception staff, impeccable practice nurses and thoughtful staff all ensure you are comfortable and 'at home'. We believe that good coffee and environment are as important as an unhurried and careful consultation.

· Nothing is left to chance. We arrange investigations needed - you are not left to do this yourself. All arrangements are explained carefully and given to you in writing.  

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Irrespective of the radiology, it is the symptom complex and the effect it has on life activities which should guide the treatment choice. Pain is the major symptom to be considered. May patients with isolated patellofemoral osteoarthritis are able to walk long distances and have mild symptoms. To be successful, an Isolated patellofemoral arthroplasty requires essentially normal patellofemoral tracking and little arthritis involving the other two compartments. The information provided suggests that a patellofemoral arthroplasty is unlikely to be successful here. If the symptoms - read pain - of the arthritis is significant and non operative treatments have failed, a well positioned total knee replacement is likely to provide great benefit. Tibial osteotomy is very rarely required.

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If you are asking about replacement of the knee (and not arthroscopy), as a general guide, you can expect a 50% recovery in 6 weeks, 90% recovery by 3 months, with the last 10% taking at least 18 months. Individual recovery depends greatly upon your fitness before surgery. Of course, working diligently on your rehabilitation is a good start to a 'quick' recovery. What is meant by recovery is also important. Walking normally takes a lot less time than, say playing a social game of golf. If your work involves physical labour, you may require up to 3 months away from your normal job description before you can comfortably return unrestricted. You should not drive for at least 6 weeks following the surgery. Your individual expectation for recovery is best discussed with your surgeon who can advise you based upon your particular circumstances.

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A successful replacement not only provides relief of pain, but can be expected to do so for many years. On the surface, the perceived advantage of a mini invasive procedure is alluring - a shorter recovery time. 'All' surgeons can point to patients who 'push their bed back to the ward'. In context, a day or so less in hospital and a week or so less before return to work, must be balanced against the risk of malplacement and the increased risk of early failure. May I suggest that good questions to ask any surgeon are how long do their implants 'last' before requiring revision? Ask about their complications and how long they have used their current approach? Is your particular situation considered?How carefully will you be followed up after surgery? A 'rule of thumb' as to how you can expect to be treated following any surgery is how much time is spent with you and the resources provided before any treatment is undertaken. You can then make an informed decision about what's best for you

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