Category Archives: Orthopedic Surgeons

Dr. Gregory Finch Knows Crumbling Bones

Dr. Gregory Finch, a fellow in the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, specializes in spinal surgery. An orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Finch diagnoses and treats ailments related the musculoskeletal system. He is renowned in the field and currently practices in Australia. However, Dr. Finch has studied and practiced in Germany, the United States and several other countries. Among the conditions he treats are arthritis and osteoporosis.

 

According to WebMD’s entry about arthritis, the condition includes over 100 diseases, all involving the joints. Hip and knee joint replacements are the most common surgeries related to arthritis and surgeons perform replacements when swelling and pain make ambulation difficult or impossible. This joint replacement procedure involves cutting the bone to remove one or both joint heads. The surgeon then grafts an artificial joint head replacement onto the remaining bone. As noted on the reference website, Doctoralia, Dr. Greg Finch specializes in treating arthritis.

 

Dr. Greg Finch shared an article from The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in OrthoInfo explaining osteoporosis. Osteoporosis occurs when bones deplete calcium faster than they produce it causing holes to form in the bone structure; the term means “porous bone.” Osteoporosis of the spine, hips and knees may cause fractures in those joints or connecting bones. Resulting compression fractures in the spine are particularly severe. Orthopedic surgeons treat this condition with vertebroplasty, a procedure where an acrylic compound is injected into the porous, weak vertebrae to reinforce it and prevent spinal column collapse.

 

In addition to his membership with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Dr. Finch also belongs to the North American Spine Society and the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery among other organizations. His education began at the University of Auckland, where he attended from 1986 through 1991 although he continues to train and practice under the tutelage of the organizations to which he belongs.