I AM A CONSULTANT ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON PRACTICING IN NORTH WALES AND SPECIALISING IN HIP AND KNEE PATHOLOGY.
I graduated in Medicine in 1992 in the Medical School of Bilbao and Saint Sebastian, part of The University of The Basque Country. I came to the UK for my postgraduate training starting my House Officer jobs in 1993 and later progressing through Surgical Senior House Officer posts including a Basic Surgical Rotation. During my surgical placements in various specialties, I became fascinated by Orthopaedics and remain so to this day. I became Fellow of The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1999, being one of the last group of candidates to be given an FRCSEd for passing the exam in General Surgery.
MY ORTHOPAEDIC TRAINING WAS BASED IN THE SOUTH WEST REGION OF LONDON
After a year as a Senior SHO in Frimley Park Hospital I was admitted to the South West Thames Orthopaedic Training Programme based around St George's Hospital, the University Teaching Hospital. The standard and quality of the Orthopaedic Consultants working in the District General Hospitals that serve the wealthy county of Surrey, was exceptional. So was the training received. I still remain indebted to all those who taught me at the time but by now, I am most indebted to all patients who trust me with their surgery as this continuously contributes to improving my outcomes. I obtained the FRCS Tr & Orth qualification after examination in Norwich, in November 2005. Later, I was fortunate enough to be allowed further subspecialty training in a very renowned centre in the UK.
I WAS FELLOWSHIP TRAINED IN HIP AND KNEE ARTHROPLASTY IN THE ROYAL NATIONAL ORTHOPAEDIC HOSPITAL, STANMORE.
I was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon to Ysbyty Gwynedd (Gwynedd Hospital) in Bangor in 2008. This was a Lower Limb Arthroplasty post for a surgeon with an interest in Paediatric Orthopaedics, as I also trained in a clinical fellowship in Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery in Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. I have been improving the services provided to the patients that our hospital serves bringing innovative technologies to improve surgical accuracy and clinical outcomes with shorter lenghts of stay. We have had no MRSA infection in our Unit in the last six years and have consistently achieved the lowest deep and superficial wound infection rates in Wales thanks to our elective ring-fenced arthroplasty unit. We need now to increase our capacity to expand this quality services to the population at large.
I HAVE USED LARGE CERAMIC BEARINGS CONSISTENTLY IN HIP REPLACEMENTS WITH NO REVISIONS REQUIRED FOR WEAR OR DISLOCATIONS SINCE 2008. AVERAGE LOSS OF BLOOD IS 300 MLS AND THE LENGHT OF STAY IS AT PRESENT 2 DAYS FOR HIP REPLACEMENTS. MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGICAL TECHNIQUES LIKE THE SuperPATH APPROACH COMBINED WITH THE MOST UP TO DATE ANAESTHETIC INTERVENTIONS AND ENHANCED REHABILITATION PROTOCOLS ASSIST ACHIEVING THIS SHORT LENGHTS OF STAY.
THE MEDIAL PIVOT KNEE REPLACEMENTS PROVIDE THE HIGHEST STABILITY AND MOST NATURAL FEEL AMONGST ALL KNEE IMPLANTS. INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES LIKE PATIENT SPECIFIC MOLDS FOR PERSONALISED AND MOST ACCURATE KNEE REPLACEMENTS HAVE BEEN USED SUCCESFULLY IN MY KNEE REPLACEMENT PRACTICE. I HAVE ACCUMULATED EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE ON THESE TYPE OF KNEE REPLACEMENTS AND WITH MY COLLEAGUES, OUR UNIT IS ONE OF THE MOST EXPERIENCED IN THIS KIND OF MOST AVANTGARD TECHNIQUES. THE AVERAGE LENGHT OF STAY AFTER A KNEE REPLACEMENT IS 3 DAYS.
96% OF TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENTS AND 82% OF TOTAL KNEE REPLACEMENTS ARE SATISFIED OR VERY SATISFIED WITH THEIR SURGERY. 100% OF PATIENTS WOULD RECOMMEND THE TREATMENT AND CARE RECEIVED IN OUR RING FENCED UNIT TO THEIR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS.
I WILL CONTINUE TO WORK HARD TO MAINTAIN THESE STANDARDS IN THE FUTURE. K. AZURZA.