Orthopaedic Surgeons for North lakes and Brisbane Surrounds
Specialist health care professionals caring for our community
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Our Specialist Orthopaedic Surgeons
Dr Gerard Bourke
Dr Gerard Bourke is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with 20 years’ experience specialising in foot, ankle and knee disorders, who has relocated from Melbourne to the Sunshine Coast.
Prior to commencing orthopaedic training, Dr Bourke participated in the sports medicine training program. He has worked as the assistant Richmond Football Club doctor (AFL) for two years and a member of Sports Medicine Australia for over 20 years.
Dr Bourke utilizes his skills and experience in sports medicine to treat both athletes and non-athletes. He has an interest in biomechanics, especially gait analysis, and has vast experience in the operative and non-operative treatment of diabetics and neuropathic foot ulcers, as well arthritic disorders and deformity such as claw toes and bunions.
Dr Bourke is a leader in innovative surgical techniques including great toe replacement surgery, quadriceps tendon for use in knee reconstructive surgery, synthetic ligaments to augment ankle ligament reconstruction.
An experienced researcher, Dr Bourke has delivered multiple presentations at local and international conferences and is the inventor of an absorbable pin for use in the treatment of claw toes which is sold worldwide.
Dr Bourke’s patients will be provided with a “one stop shop” service during post-operative recovery, with allied health support available in the rooms and no need for multiple appointments. There is a weight bearing CT scanner, providing immediate 3D images of the foot and ankle, with minimal radiation and no waiting for a result. The pressure sensitive treadmill allows pre and post-operative assessment and treatment of all lower limb disorders.
Dr Bourke looks forward to continuing his great interest in health and wellbeing living on the Sunshine Coast, and is a long-time participant in beach volleyball, triathlons, AFL football and fitness retreats.
Orthopaedic surgeons specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of problems with the musculoskeletal system. They treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, congenital conditions, degenerative diseases and tumours and infections of the musculoskeletal system.
While your general medical practitioner is well-qualified to set a simple break in an arm or leg, the orthopaedic surgeon will be called in when the break or fracture requires more specialised treatment, such as the placement of rods or screws into the bone to aid in the healing and knitting process and the regeneration of the bones involved.
Orthopaedic surgeons also perform hip and knee replacement surgery and all types of spinal surgery require an orthopaedic surgeon. They also perform arthroplasty, which is a total joint reconstruction. They regularly perform most foot and ankle surgeries as the foot contains 25% of the bones in the human body.
Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS)
The RACS is the main body for the training and accreditation of all surgeons in Australia including orthopaedic surgeons. The organisation is accredited by the Australian Medical Council, on behalf of the Medical Board of Australia, as well as the Medical Council of New Zealand.
The orthopaedic surgical training has been delegated to the Australian Orthopaedic Association and the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association.