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Mr John Mutu-Grigg - Hip, Knee, Hand & Wrist Surgeon

Private Service, Orthopaedics

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Ormiston Hospital Specialist Centre & Consulting Suites, 125 Ormiston Road, Flat Bush, Auckland

Description

John Mutu-Grigg is an orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in:
  • hip and knee - diagnosing and treating hip and knee pain and arthritis, with primary total joint replacement and reconstruction.
  • all hand and wrist conditions from acute trauma to degenerative osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis
  • peripheral nerve conditions of the hand

John believes strongly in the importance of patients being able to make informed decisions about their own healthcare. To assist in this he has included a large amount of information about conditions and treatments on his own website.

John is an experienced surgeon who holds a number of positions:

New Zealand Orthopaedic Association (NZOA) Council

New Zealand Orthopaedic Association Education Committee

New Zealand Orthopaedic Association Speciality Orthopaedic Training Board

Ngā Rata Kōiwi (Māori Orthopaedic Surgeons) Chair

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Māori Health Advisory Group (Chair)

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Indigenous Health Committee

Australia New Zealand Journal of Surgery - Specialty Editor

What is orthopaedics?
This is an area that deals with conditions of the musculoskeletal system (disorders of bones and joints of the limbs and spine). The speciality covers a range of different types of conditions starting with congenital (conditions which children are born with) through to degenerative (conditions relating to the wearing out of joints). The field of orthopaedics covers trauma where bones are broken or injuries are sustained to limbs.
 
Other conditions that sit under the spectrum of orthopaedics are metabolic conditions, neurological and inflammatory conditions.
 

Consultants

Referral Expectations

You need to bring to your appointment:

1.       any letters or reports from your doctor or hospital
2.       any x-rays, CT or MRI films and reports
3.       all medicines you are taking including herbal and natural remedies
4.       your pharmaceutical entitlement card
5.       your ACC number, if you have one.

Fees and Charges Description

John is a Southern Cross Affiliated Provider. 

Hours

Ormiston Hospital Specialist Centre & Consulting Suites, 125 Ormiston Road, Flat Bush, Auckland

Mon 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Wed 1:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Procedures / Treatments

Wrist Arthroscopy (keyhole surgery)

A large number of orthopaedic procedures on joints are performed using an arthroscope, where a fiber optic telescope is used to look inside the joint. Through this type of keyhole surgery, fine instruments can be introduced through small incisions (portals) to allow surgery to be performed without the need for large cuts. This allows many procedures to be performed as a day stay and allows quicker return to normal function of the joint. Arthroscopic surgery is less painful than open surgery and decreases the risk of healing problems. Arthroscopy allows access to parts of the joints which cannot be accessed by other types of surgery.

A large number of orthopaedic procedures on joints are performed using an arthroscope, where a fiber optic telescope is used to look inside the joint. Through this type of keyhole surgery, fine instruments can be introduced through small incisions (portals) to allow surgery to be performed without the need for large cuts. This allows many procedures to be performed as a day stay and allows quicker return to normal function of the joint.
Arthroscopic surgery is less painful than open surgery and decreases the risk of healing problems.  Arthroscopy allows access to parts of the joints which cannot be accessed by other types of surgery.
Joint Replacement

For elderly patients joint replacement surgery is commonly required to treat damaged joints from wearing out, arthritis or other forms of joint disease including rheumatoid arthritis. In these procedures the damaged joint surface is removed and replaced with artificial surfaces normally made from metal (chromium cobalt alloy, titanium), plastic (high density polyethylene) or ceramic which act as alternate bearing surfaces for the damaged joint. These operations are major procedures which require the patient to be in hospital for several days and followed by a significant period of rehabilitation. The hospital has several ways of approaching the procedure for replacement and the specifics for the procedure will be covered at the time of assessment and booking of surgery. Occasionally blood transfusions are required; if you have some concerns raise this with your surgeon during consultation. Read about arthritis of the hip and knee here.

For elderly patients joint replacement surgery is commonly required to treat damaged joints from wearing out, arthritis or other forms of joint disease including rheumatoid arthritis. In these procedures the damaged joint surface is removed and replaced with artificial surfaces normally made from metal (chromium cobalt alloy, titanium), plastic (high density polyethylene) or ceramic which act as alternate bearing surfaces for the damaged joint.
These operations are major procedures which require the patient to be in hospital for several days and followed by a significant period of rehabilitation. The hospital has several ways of approaching the procedure for replacement and the specifics for the procedure will be covered at the time of assessment and booking of surgery.
 
Occasionally blood transfusions are required; if you have some concerns raise this with your surgeon during consultation.
 
Read about arthritis of the hip and knee here.
Hip Surgery

Hip Replacement An incision (cut) is made on the side of the thigh to allow the surgeon access to the hip joint. The diseased and damaged parts of the hip joint are removed and replaced with smooth, artificial metal ‘ball’ and plastic ‘socket’ parts. Read more about total hip replacement here.

Hip Replacement

An incision (cut) is made on the side of the thigh to allow the surgeon access to the hip joint. The diseased and damaged parts of the hip joint are removed and replaced with smooth, artificial metal ‘ball’ and plastic ‘socket’ parts.

Read more about total hip replacement here.

Knee Replacement Surgery

Total Knee Replacement This is a surgical procedure performed on a knee joint that has become painful and/or impaired because of disease, injury or wear and tear. In total knee replacement, artificial materials (metal and plastic) are used to replace the following damaged surfaces within the knee joint: the end of the thigh bone (femur) the end of the shin bone (tibia) the back of the kneecap (patella) This operation is a major procedure which requires you to be in hospital for several days and will be followed by a significant period of rehabilitation. Occasionally blood transfusions are required; if you have some concerns raise this with your surgeon during consultation. Read more about knee replacement surgery here

Total Knee Replacement

This is a surgical procedure performed on a knee joint that has become painful and/or impaired because of disease, injury or wear and tear.

In total knee replacement, artificial materials (metal and plastic) are used to replace the following damaged surfaces within the knee joint:

  • the end of the thigh bone (femur)
  • the end of the shin bone (tibia)
  • the back of the kneecap (patella)

This operation is a major procedure which requires you to be in hospital for several days and will be followed by a significant period of rehabilitation.  

Occasionally blood transfusions are required; if you have some concerns raise this with your surgeon during consultation.

Read more about knee replacement surgery here

Hand & Wrist Surgery

Problems with the appearance or function of the hand can be the result of injury, birth defects or degenerative conditions. Transplantation Fingers or hands that have been accidentally cut off can be reattached by very detailed surgery that is performed under a microscope (microsurgery) and involves reconnecting tendons, blood vessels and nerves. Arthritis Arthritis is a condition in which a joint and the surrounding tissue become swollen and painful. If surgery is necessary, it may involve replacement of the joint with an artificial joint or removal or repair of swollen or damaged tissue. Birth Abnormalities Surgery may sometimes be required for hand abnormalities that are present at birth such as too many or too few fingers, webbed fingers or joints that won’t bend. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome A pinched nerve in the wrist that causes tingling, numbness and pain in your hand may require surgery to make more room for the nerve. This operation is usually performed under local anaesthetic (the area being treated is numb but you are awake). Injuries Damage to tendons, nerves, joints and bones in the hand may require surgical repair. In some cases, tissue may be transferred from a healthy part of your body to the injured site (grafting). Read more about hand conditions and treatments here.

Problems with the appearance or function of the hand can be the result of injury, birth defects or degenerative conditions.

Transplantation
Fingers or hands that have been accidentally cut off can be reattached by very detailed surgery that is performed under a microscope (microsurgery) and involves reconnecting tendons, blood vessels and nerves.

Arthritis
Arthritis is a condition in which a joint and the surrounding tissue become swollen and painful. If surgery is necessary, it may involve replacement of the joint with an artificial joint or removal or repair of swollen or damaged tissue.

Birth Abnormalities
Surgery may sometimes be required for hand abnormalities that are present at birth such as too many or too few fingers, webbed fingers or joints that won’t bend.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
A pinched nerve in the wrist that causes tingling, numbness and pain in your hand may require surgery to make more room for the nerve. This operation is usually performed under local anaesthetic (the area being treated is numb but you are awake).

Injuries
Damage to tendons, nerves, joints and bones in the hand may require surgical repair. In some cases, tissue may be transferred from a healthy part of your body to the injured site (grafting).

Read more about hand conditions and treatments here.

Soft Tissue (muscles, tendons and ligaments)

In many cases tendons will be lengthened to improve the muscle balance around a joint or tendons will be transferred to give overall better joint function. This occurs in children with neuromuscular conditions but also applies to a number of other conditions. Most of these procedures involve some sort of splintage after the surgery followed by a period of rehabilitation, normally supervised by a physiotherapist.

In many cases tendons will be lengthened to improve the muscle balance around a joint or tendons will be transferred to give overall better joint function.
This occurs in children with neuromuscular conditions but also applies to a number of other conditions.
Most of these procedures involve some sort of splintage after the surgery followed by a period of rehabilitation, normally supervised by a physiotherapist.

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125 Ormiston Road
Flat Bush
Auckland 2016

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Auckland 2016

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This page was last updated at 4:39PM on November 28, 2023. This information is reviewed and edited by Mr John Mutu-Grigg - Hip, Knee, Hand & Wrist Surgeon.