AN ORTHOPAEDIC surgeon with international experience has joined Bass Coast and will be performing joint replacement surgery at Wonthaggi Hospital.

Dr Osama Elsewaisy will be offering patients hip and knee replacements, knee arthroscopies and Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstructions.

The surgeries help patients return to many of the activities they enjoy, without the limited mobility and pain of worn and injured joints.

“The goal of joint replacement surgery is to alleviate joint pain and return patients to a more active lifestyle,” Dr Elsewaisy said.

“If people have persistent joint pain in the hip or the knee that is impacting their sleep and mobility, it is worthwhile them seeing their GP for an assessment of the non-surgical and surgical treatment options.

“Within Wonthaggi Hospital, my patients will have support from nursing staff, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, and they will have a home exercise program planned prior to discharge.”

Dr Elsewaisy uses “tried and tested” techniques and implants with excellent long-term results.

He is consulting at Bass Coast Health two days a month, alternating between Wonthaggi and Phillip Island Health Hub.

In addition, he is operating at Wonthaggi Hospital two days a month.

“I have worked regionally in the past, at Latrobe Regional Hospital, and I like the Bass Coast area, ” Dr Elsewaisy said.

“The patients are nice and friendly, and it has a great community feel.

Dr Elsewaisy trained at Monash University and undertook orthopaedic training throughout Victorian hospitals with the Australian Orthopaedic Association.

He was awarded Fellowship of the Roya Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 2019.

Dr Elsewaisy has previously been a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at St. Vincent’s public hospital Melbourne, performing hip and knee replacements, arthroscopic knee surgery including ACL reconstructions, and managing orthopaedic trauma.

In 2020 and 2021, he undertook two sub-specialty fellowships over 18 months, focusing on hip and knee arthroplasty, in the UK and Canada.

Dr Osama’s appointment is part of Bass Coast Health’s commitment to increase specialist services in our region.

More than 40 specialists are now available in the areas of general surgery, cardiology, oncology, melanoma, urology, gastroenterology, women’s health, haematology, nephrology, geriatrics, endocrinology, ophthalmology and orthopaedic surgery.