MBChB (UCT), DA(SA), FC Orth(SA)
Mark is an Orthopaedic Surgeon who has been practicing in Timaru, South Canterbury, New Zealand since 2006. He practices at Aorangi Surgical Group and operates at Bidwill Trust Hospital. He is also employed by the South Canterbury District Health Board at Timaru Hospital.
Mark initially trained and specialized in Orthopaedic Surgery in South Africa. He then worked as a fellow under expert hip and knee surgeons in the UK's leading joint replacement units in Norwich and Bristol. Here he super-specialized in Hip and Knee replacements and complex Knee ligament surgery before coming to New Zealand.
Mark is continually striving to improve patient care and surgical techniques for his patients. He is actively involved in research in the department and has published papers in medical journals. He regularly attends Orthopaedic conferences to keep up to date (See info below).
He covers most aspects of Orthopaedic practice including Hip, Knee, Shoulder, Elbow, Hand, Foot and Ankle surgery. He has a special interest in Sports Orthopaedics and competes himself in numerous multisports events like the Coast to Coast, Charity Bike ride and Round Taupo cycle race.
He is actively involved in the South Canterbury community, coaching rugby and hockey at local and representative level.
Areas of interest
- Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Surgery (Primary and Revisions)
- Unicompartmental Knee Replacement, Patellofemoral Joint Replacement
- Knee Surgery including ACL/PCL/Meniscal Surgery
- Shoulder Replacements - Anatomical and Reverse
- Shoulder Surgery - Arthroscopic and open, including Cuff repairs/Stabilisation procedures/Labral repair
- Ankle Surgery - Arthroscopic including Cartilage Debridement/Cartilage Grafts/Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
- Osteoarthritis of Hip and Knee.
- Orthopaedics Sports Injuries
- Hand and Foot injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Decompressions/Dupuytrens Contracture Release
Listed below are the more recent conferences Mark has attended:
The Arthroscopy Assocation of North Americas (AANA) Current Concepts in Knee Ligament Procedures, which is an advanced cadaver based knee ligament reconstruction course where the participants learn surgical techniques of ACL, PCL, posterolateral, posteromedial reconstruction, and how to address the multiple ligament injured knee. Concomitant pathology including meniscus, articular cartilage, extensor mechanism, and malalignment often accompanies these severe ligament injuries. The goal of this advanced knee ligament course provides the participant the skills to treat complex knee ligament instabilities and related injuries. Mark is now using cutting edge knee reconstruction techniques including quadriceps graft for ACL and PCL reconstruction.
The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Hip and Knee Arthroplasty meeting, where the participant can focus on new developments in Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery. Most of his current Knee Replacements are done using an MRI-based custom cutting blocks system that allows extremely accurate positioning of the implants. He is also able to offer patients Unicompartmental Knee Replacements and Patellofemoral Joint Replacements where indicated.
The AANA Master Shoulder course as well as their Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery course. These both include learning about the latest arthroscopic shoulder surgical techniques with combination of lecture and hands-on lab experience, one-on-one with some of the USA’s top arthroscopic surgeons. The focus of both courses is on keyhole surgery of the shoulder including Rotator Cuff and Instability Repairs. The arthroscopic approach is now recognized as the gold standard and he is happy to offer this to his patients.
The ICJR Shoulder Replacement course, which is a cadaver based learning centre course on Total and Reverse Shoulder Replacements. For those patients who are over 70 years of age with painful full thickness retracted rotator cuff tears who were previously not offered cuff repairs due to poor tendon tissue quality, evidence now shows that they can achieve good function and pain relief with a Reverse Shoulder Replacement which he now offers to patients as an option.
The AANA Arthroscopic Ankle course where the participant can learn many new cutting edge techniques in this rapidly changing and developing field amongst others Arthoscopic Ankle Fusion and cartilage reconstructive surgery.
Southern Cross Affiliated Provider for
- Carpal Tunnel Release
- Primary Total Hip Joint Replacement
- Primary Total Knee Joint Replacement
- NZOA – New Zealand Orthopaedic Association NZOA Specialty Society Memberships
- Knee & Sports Surgery
- Shoulder & Elbow
- Foot & Ankle
- Medical Council of New Zealand
- MBChB (UCT) -1994 DA(SA) -1996
- FC Orth(SA)-2004
- 2005 - Fellowship in Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery, Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, UK
- 2005 - Adult Joint Reconstruction Fellowship, Bristol Orthopaedic Division, UK
- Fellow of the New Zealand Orthopaedic Association
Orthopaedics / Orthopaedic Surgery / Orthopaedic Surgeons
Orthopaedic surgery is concerned with treating conditions involving the musculoskeletal system, which is made up of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles. Orthopaedic surgeons use both surgical and non-surgical methods to treat a wide range of problems, including trauma (injury), sports injuries, degenerative diseases (e.g. arthritis), infections, tumours and congenital disorders (those present at birth). Various procedures to treat the knee, shoulder and hip are among the most commonly performed surgery. Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Surgery (Primary and Revisions), Unicompartmental Knee Replacement, Patellofemoral Joint Replacement, Knee Surgery including ACL/PCL/Meniscal Surgery, Shoulder Replacements - Anatomical and Reverse, Shoulder Surgery - Arthroscopic and open, including Cuff repairs/Stabilisation procedures/Labral repair, Ankle Surgery - Arthroscopic including Cartilage Debridement/Cartilage Grafts/Ankle Ligament Reconstruction, Osteoarthritis of Hip and Knee, Orthopaedics Sports Injuries, Hand and Foot injuries, Carpal Tunnel Decompressions/Dupuytrens Contracture Release