Orthopaedics is a medical speciality that focuses on the diagnosis, care, and treatment of patients with disorders of the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and skin.
These elements make up the musculoskeletal system. This complex system is integral to achieving a healthy life holistically, as it facilitates your movement, daily functioning and all the many movements required in your daily life. The physicians who specialise in this area are called orthopaedic surgeons.
Dr CV Gathiram is an Orthopaedic surgeon as well as a Spinal Surgeon who practises at Suite 3, Life Empangeni Garden Clinic.
He sees orthopaedic emergencies at Life Garden Clinic and Netcare The Bay Hospital in Richards Bay and has full admission and theatre rights to both well accredited hospitals.
Dr Gathiram manages special problems of the musculoskeletal system. This involves:
- Treatment with medication, exercise, surgery or other treatment plans
- Rehabilitation by recommending exercises or physical therapy to restore movement, strength and function
- Prevention with information and treatment plans to prevent injury or slow the progression of diseases
Your Doctor's Visit
Dr Gathiram will start with a personal interview and physical examination. This may be followed by diagnostic tests such as blood tests, X-rays, or other more sophisticated tests if needed.
Dr Gathiram will discuss your diagnosis and available treatment options with you and help you select the best plan to help you to live an active and functional life.
Dr Gathiram performs numerous types of surgeries. Common procedures include:
- Arthroscopy: A procedure using special cameras and equipment to visualize, diagnose and treat problems inside a joint
- Fusion: A "welding" process by which bones are fused together with bone grafts and internal devices (such as metal rods) to heal into a single solid bone
- Internal Fixation: A method to hold the broken pieces of bone in proper position with metal plates, pins or screws while the bone is healing
- Joint Replacement (partial, total and revision): When an arthritic or damaged joint is removed and replaced with an artificial joint called a prosthesis
- Osteotomy: The correction of bone deformity by cutting and repositioning the bone
- Soft tissue repair: The mending of soft tissue, such as torn tendons or ligaments
- Spinal Surgery and less invasive pain relief treatments