Orthopaedics

The Orthopaedic Surgery Department brings together surgeons from different specialties with a common interest in improving the diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal diseases and injuries.

We are currently conducting research into hip and knee replacement, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tendon disease, acute spinal injuries, musculoskeletal trauma and hand tendon dysfunction and repair.


Lead

Professor Bill Walter Professor Bill Walter

Professor of Orthopaedics and Traumatic
Chair of Institute of Bone and Joint Research
Surgery, The University of Sydney & Northern Sydney Local Health District (Royal North Shore Hospital)

Dr Yuan Chai

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Sydney Medical School / Northern Clinical School

Dr Ahmed Mounir Boudali - Orthopaedics Research Engineer

Dr Nathan Hartin - Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Benjamin Cass - Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Andrew Ellis - Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Dimitri Papadimitriou - Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Sean Suttor - Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Michael Symes - Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Myles Coolican - Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Joseph Issacs - Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Andrew Cree - Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Randolf Gray - Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr David Parker - Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Andrew Wines - Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Terence Moopanar - Orthopaedic Surgeon

Lyn McDonald - Research Nurse

Sagittal stability in total knee replacement

Goal: Total knee replacement may be stable or unstable in the sagittal plane. Sagittal stability can be measured by Lachman test, anterior drawer KT1000. Sagittal stability is an important factor determining reported outcomes and function.

Comparison of kinematics of two different implant designs after total knee arthroplasty

Kinematics of a medial ball and socket and a single radius cruciate retaining total knee arthroplasty designs were compared using KneeKG in this study.

Proximal femoral anatomy

Re: Assessment of the proximal femoral morphology using plain radiograph – Can it predict the bone quality?

The accuracy analysis of 3D pre-operative planning

This project investigates the potential factors that influence the implant size disagreement between the pre-operative planning and the actual implant selected intraoperatively. The 3D assisted pre-operative planning and implant simulation method are involved in this project.

The prediction of surgery outcomes using the digital twin model

Digital twin is an AI concept that has recent advances in digitizing our physical world real-timely using historical data. This project explores a digital twin model that continuously and dynamically corrects its insight considering the patient-specific parameters, refine patient and treatment classifications, predict the future health trajectory of individuals to allow for early interventions.

Patella cutting tool design

The accurate cutting of patella for a correct thickness in different quadrants is essential for the success of the prosthesis implantation. This project aims at designing a patella cutting tool that has the ability to position and cutting a patella accurately and steadily.

Professor Bill Walter

  • Hayasaka S, Newman C, Walter WL, Talbot S. (2019) Coronal tibial alignment is linked to femoral rotational asymmetry: Implications for total knee arthroplasty surgery. The Knee 26(2): 435-443. [more information]
  • McKenna RM, Jack CM, Walter WK, Zicat B, Walter WL. (2019) Limited femorotomy – Removing a well fixed cementless stem. Seminars in Arthroplasty 29(3): 188-190. [more information]
  • Katchky A, Jones CW, Walter WL, Shimmin AJ. (2019) Medial ball and socket total knee arthroplasty: Five-year clinical results. The Bone and Joint Journal 101-B(1) Supple A: 59-65. [more information]
  • Walter WL (2018) Medial pivot designs avoid the need for ligament balancing – Affirms. Supple 10: 95.
  • Jacobs HW, McKenna RM, Walter WL. (2018) Hip resurfacing: What does the Australian National Joint Registry say? Seminars in Arthroplasty 28(4): 233-238. [more information]
  • McKenna RM, Jacobs HW, Walter WL. (2018) Ceramic on ceramic bearings: Assured longevity in patients younger than 60 years? Seminars in Arthroplasty 28(4): 231-232. [more information]
  • Newman C, Walter WL, Talbot S. (2018) Femoral rotational asymmetry is a common anatomical variant. Clinical Anatomy 31(4).
  • Goldhofer M, Munir S, Levy Y, Walter WK, Zicat B, Walter WL. (2018) Increase of benign squeaking rate at 5-year follow-up: Results of a large diameter ceramic-on-ceramic bearing in total hip arthroplasty (blinded). The Journal of Arthroplasty 33(4): 1210-1214. [more information]
  • Shah SM, Munir S, Walter WL. (2017) Changes in spinopelvic indices after hip arthroplasty and its influence on acetabular component orientation. Journal of Orthopaedics 14(4): 434-437. [more information]
  • Chow J, Pearce S, Cho K-K, Walter WL. (2017) Direct anterior approach using navigation improves accuracy of cup position compared to conventional posterior approach. Cureus 9(7): e1482. [DOI: 10.7759/cureus.1482]
  • Levy Y, Walter WL. (2017) Complications of ceramic-on-ceramic bearings: Fracture, stripe wear, and squeaking. In: Complications after primary total hip arthroplasty: A comprehensive clinical guide. pp. 137-150. [DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-54913-2_14]
  • Shah SM, Walter WL, Ngo J. Is the pelvis stable during supine total hip arthroplasty? Acta Orthopaedic Belgica 83(1): 81-86.
  • Shah SM, Walter WL, Tai S, Lorimer M, de Steiger R. (2017) Late dislocations after total hip arthroplasty: Is the bearing a factor? The Journal of Arthroplasty 32(9): 2852-2856. [more information]
  • Parkes M, Sayer K, Goldhofer M, Cann P, Walter WL, Jeffers J. (2017) Zirconia phase transformation in retrieved, wear simulated, and artificially aged ceramic femoral heads: Phase transformation in retrieved ceramics. Journal of Orthopaedic Research 35(12). [more information]

https://www.sydney.edu.au/medicine-health/about/our-people/academic-staff/william.walter.html#publications-by-year

https://www.sydney.edu.au/medicine-health/about/our-people/academic-staff/yuan.chai.html#publications-by-year

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