Traumatology

Traumatologist in Marbella

Hospital Ochoa offers the best Traumatology services in Marbella We have a trauma service designed and prepared for orthopaedic treatments, pain relief, prosthesis replacement, physiotherapy and all kinds of recovery and rehabilitation techniques.

Hospital specialising in traumatology

A benchmark in the hospital sector in Marbella, the Ochoa Hospital has more than 6,000 m2 divided into different areas; 24h emergency, radiology, surgery, endoscopy, recovery unit, hospitalisation, ICU, outpatients, laboratory, etc.

One of our most important functions is as a hospital specialising in Traumatology in Marbella, i.e. the prevention, diagnosis, surgical and non-surgical treatment and follow-up of all pathology of the locomotor system and its associated structures, such as bones, nerves, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles.

The speciality of traumatology is one of the broadest branches of medicine. In our health centre, we approach the study of acute traumatic pathologies such as fractures and dislocations to assess the need for closed reduction and percutaneous osteosynthesis, reduction and osteosynthesis with minimally invasive surgery or open reduction and osteosynthesis.

We have arthroscopy equipment for patients whose joints are affected, radiofrequency rhizolysis treatment to treat pain in the joints of the spine… In short, we have the best equipment and human team to treat any traumatological issue.

Thus, among our subspecialties in Traumatology, we find:

Private consultations with a traumatologist

If you need a private orthopaedic surgeon in Marbella, at Hospital Ochoa we have a team of orthopaedic surgeons who are experts in the treatment of the vast majority of pathologies and injuries that occur in joints such as the shoulder, knee, hip, wrist, elbow and ankle.

Private consultations with an orthopaedic surgeon are the best way to be seen by a professional doctor in a personalised way and without waiting.

Trauma Emergencies in Marbella

The Traumatology Emergency Department of the Ochoa Hospital attends to the emergencies of patients with damage to the locomotor apparatus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Our centre has observation boxes, medical consultation rooms, plaster cast rooms, a life-saving box with CPR equipment, an operating theatre and state-of-the-art hospital equipment for traumatology. In addition, we have agreements with the main insurance companies.

Thus, in our Traumatology Emergency Centre we provide urgent care for conditions and injuries of the bones, joints and ligaments that can be treated by surgical intervention or immobilisation.

Biological Therapies

These therapies can be used in any joint whose damage or pathology requires these techniques for its treatment. The aim is to try to preserve one’s own joint without changing it.

  • Platelet-rich plasma (growth factors). It is based on the potentially healing and regenerative action of platelets. PRP is performed by drawing blood from the patient and then concentrating the platelets. This concentration is then infiltrated into the lesion with the help of an ECHO or direct visualisation by arthroscopy as is done in meniscal lesions. This concentrate stimulates the multiplication of healthy cells around the damage and increases angiogenesis and promotes the differentiation of existing stem cells in the tissues to give rise to healthy cells in the injured tissue. This technique is mainly indicated for osteo-tendinous injuries. It can also be used for intrasubstance meniscal tears and in the treatment of cartilage pathologies.
  • Stem cells. It is a more complex treatment and has a much greater potential than the previous one. In colloquial terms, we would speak of stem cells as ‘seeds’ to give rise to healthy cells in the tissue where we implant them. Tissues have within them mature cells differentiated in the tissue itself (e.g. chondrocytes in cartilage). These cells are only able to give rise to similar cells when we have an injury (tissue healing). To aid healing, we can apply cells that, in contact with the tissue to be healed, are transformed into differentiated cells of the tissue itself. The type of cells we apply are stem cells.
  • A substance that belongs to the so-called biological therapies, i.e. it is obtained from the patient himself and helps to treat the pain of osteoarthritis and to protect cartilage cells that still remain in the joint. This treatment is injected directly into the damaged area and its action is based on high concentrations of anti-inflammatory proteins that block cartilage degradation. It also reduces pain and improves joint function.

Shoulder

The team of orthopaedic surgeons at Hospital Ochoa specialise in the implantation of conventional and inverted prostheses, which can be the most appropriate alternative for rotator cuff tears and arthritis; they also perform all types of arthroscopic surgery for young people, sportsmen and women as well as the elderly.

There are several treatment options such as arthroscopic surgery for acetabular labral injuries which are currently the main cause of pain in athletes and young patients. This technique can also be used to treat gluteus medius injuries (hip bursitis).

Depending on the damage or pathology, biological treatment or prosthetic implantation may be considered.

Specialized shoulder traumatologist


                        

Knee : 3D prosthesis

Arthroscopy is once again the most popular technique for cruciate ligament, lateral ligament, meniscus, chondropathy, etc. injuries…

One of the most striking advances in this joint is the ConforMIS 3D prosthesis, the only one of its kind in Spain. This technique is performed by inserting a 100% personalised implant, customised to the patient’s needs. The results are unbeatable as it prevents instability and gives a more natural feel as it follows the shape and contour of the damaged knee.

Implants are also performed with conventional prostheses with a customised cutting pathway, which greatly speeds up the result and makes recovery quicker and with fewer complications.

Specialized knee traumatologist

Elbow, ankle and wrist

Decompressive arthroscopy is performed on these joints for rhizarthrosis that occurs with wear and tear of the joint connecting the thumb to the wrist. It is usually common from the age of 65 onwards.

At the ankle level, bony areas are filed down and chondral lesions are treated, perforation treatments are performed, and joint fitting is performed.

Elbow instabilities and epicondylitis (tennis elbow) are also treated.

Hip

Major surgeries such as arthrodesis (fixation of two bony pieces, anchoring them to a joint), to inflitrations, blocks and radiofrequency rhizolysis are performed, which is highly effective and long-lasting.

To highlight the percutaneous kyphoplasty that it has meant in the treatment of vertebral fractures. The aim of kyphoplasty is to insert a balloon into the bone with a needle and then inflate it to restore the previous height of the vertebrae and correct the painful crushing.

To perform this operation, the doctor makes an incision in the back and, using X-ray images, places the balloon in the exact spot.

Once the balloon is securely in place, the space is filled with a kind of cement (polymethylmethacrylate) to prevent future collapse and thus relapse. The procedure can be performed under local or general anaesthesia.

Microdiscectomy is one of the newest surgical interventions to treat lumbar disc herniation. It is recommended when conservative treatments fail and end up causing a poor quality of life for the patient.

The second indication concerns neurological damage caused by compression of the spinal cord or nerve roots leading to the legs by a herniated disc. Its main advantages are: the magnified view it offers the surgeon thanks to a state-of-the-art microscope, and on the other hand, as the incision is so tiny, it is not necessary to destabilise any bony or ligamentous elements.

Specialized hip traumatologist

Specialists in Traumatology

Frequently asked questions about traumatology

Although the concept of trauma is familiar, it can often lead to confusion and uncertainty. Here, we try to answer the most frequently asked questions about traumatology:

What is an orthopaedic surgeon for?

A traumatologist is a doctor who specialises in the treatment of injuries to the locomotor system. Its work focuses on the analysis, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of ailments acquired by the musculoskeletal system.

The most common ailments treated by our traumatologists are fractures, cognitive diseases, tendonitis, fibrillar rupture or intramuscular haematoma, among others.

The Traumatology Unit at Hospital Ochoa encompasses all specialities. Our orthopaedic surgeons treat any injury that may hinder the continuity of your daily life. Therefore, if you need a solution for that ailment that affects your joints, tendons, muscle or bones, do not hesitate to contact our Traumatology Clinic in Marbella.

What does traumatology do?

Traumatology is the branch of medicine that specialises in trauma and its consequences. It is dedicated to the study and treatment of the different injuries that can occur in the limbs and spine, such as bone fractures, dislocations, sprains and different types of contusions.

In short, traumatology is the study, diagnosis, prevention, rehabilitation and treatment of disorders of the locomotor system, including surgical treatment of these areas of the body.

What does a trauma hospital and a traumatologist treat?

The trauma hospital is responsible for treating problems affecting the motor system.

The traumatologist is a specialist who treats musculoskeletal pain in all its aspects, whether it is the result of an inflammatory or traumatic process. It provides medical solutions to the problem and performs surgical procedures when conservative treatments do not provide the expected result. In this respect, the spine and the knee are the regions with the highest number of consultations.

Are osteoarthritis and arthritis the same thing?

No. Osteoarthritis is the natural ageing process of a joint, especially joints such as the hip, knee or ankle, i.e. those that carry the weight of the body. It usually occurs in older people, whereas arthritis is an inflammatory process that can occur at any age.

If one of my parents has osteoarthritis, will I have it?

Not necessarily. It is not yet clear that osteoarthritis is inherited from parents to children. What is known is that osteoarthritis of the hands is the most heritable, as it has a greater influence due to genes.

Is there collaboration with other specialties?

Yes. The Traumatology Service at Hospital Ochoa works closely with our specialists in:

What is the difference between an orthopaedic surgeon and a rheumatologist?

Basically, the rheumatologist would be the musculoskeletal physician and the traumatologist is the musculoskeletal surgeon. The rheumatologist is more focused on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal diseases, while trauma surgeons are in charge of operations.

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