Greg Finch is a leading specialist in the field of orthopedic surgery. He is an Australian national and specializes in all matters that pertain to non-surgical and surgical treatment of the spine. Greg Finch has taken a keen interest in adult deformity, cervical spine surgery as well as minimally invasive spine surgery.
He went to the University of Auckland where he received the qualifications of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBSS), Medicine. During most of his career, Greg Finch has served as an orthopedic surgeon in both the U.S and Australia at institutions such as Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, Society for Minimally Invasive Surgery, and Shiners Hospitals for Children.
Greg Finch is an associate of the Spine Society of Australia. He has also been honored as a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons.
Orthopedic surgery is a category of surgery that deals with ailments that affect the musculoskeletal system. These include congenital disease, degenerative infections, and diseases, musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, and spinal disorders, among others. Some of the most common procedures include:
- Knee replacement.
This procedure is done to either partially or completely replace the damaged weight-bearing parts of the knee. The surgery eases disability or pain caused by osteoarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.
The replacement enables motion in the knee joint and may be either plastic or metal. The recovery period is usually more than six weeks and features intensive physical rehabilitation, postoperative pain, and even mobility aids.
This surgery is necessitated by spinal stenosis or pressure on the spinal cord. The procedure involves the removal of a piece of the lamina. It provides long-term relief because the vertebra is removed to widen the spinal canal thereby creating extra space for the thecal sac and spinal nerves.
It is a relatively light surgery, and recovery is usually within a few days.
- Spinal fusion.
This procedure can be done at any level of the spine including the lumbar, thoracic or cervical section. It is done to relieve pressure on the spine caused by degenerative diseases such as spondylosis. It helps avoid any movement between two or more vertebrae by joining them.
The disadvantage is that long-term side effects are resulting from pressure exerted on the adjacent vertebrae by the fused sections.