Wollongong hosts free orthopaedic exhibition

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With more than 1.1 million joint replacement procedures performed since 1999, orthopaedic surgeons are keeping Australians mobile.

Now a travelling exhibition is celebrating the contribution to people's well-being by this branch of healthcare over the past 80 years.

Wollongong Private Hospital is the next host of the display, which showcases developments dating back to Ancient Egypt, through wartime, up to recent advances in imaging, prostheses and life-changing surgeries.

“We are pleased to welcome our travelling orthopaedic exhibition to the people of Wollongong and can think of no better place to host the exhibition than one of the leading orthopaedic hospitals in Australia,” Australian Orthopaedic Association president Dr Lawrie Malisano said.

“Orthopaedic surgery is a key specialty offered at Wollongong Private Hospital, performing 2,000 orthopaedic procedures every year,” he added.

The free exhibition can be viewed in the New South Wales hospital's ground-floor foyer from Friday 16 February until Friday 2 March, 2018.

It includes information on sports injury prevention, the evolution of joint replacement, developments in the treatment of fractures and innovations including the use of 3D printing, robotics, computer navigation and customising implants during surgery.

The exhibition, now in its second year, began its tour at Taree's Mayo Private Hospital on the NSW Mid North Coast in 2017, and has since visited Western and South Australia.

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