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Lakes DHB Orthopaedics

Public Service, Orthopaedics, General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology


We are a small specialist team performing acute and elective Orthopaedics surgeries.

Day Stay Unit

Day Stay Unit is our point of entry for elective surgical patients. The unit has 10 beds and 27 La-Z-Boy chairs and is currently open from 7.00am - 5.30pm. As patients arrive they are assessed and prepared for their surgery.

Orthopaedic Unit

The Orthopaedic Unit cares for predominantly orthopaedic elective and acute patients, but also manages acute and elective gynaecology and general surgery patients. The Orthopaedic Unit has 25 beds.

Where to find us: see the Rotorua Hospital map here.

The Orthopaedic team are based at Rotorua Hospital but provide visiting services to Taupō Hospital.


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 specialty 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.


Note: Please note below that some people are not available at all locations.

Referral Expectations

Your GP will send us a letter explaining your condition. We will make an appointment time for you, based on your health need, and send it directly to you. For urgent needs e.g. serious infections or malignant tumours you will be seen right away. For other conditions e.g. painful arthritis that makes movement difficult, you will be seen within 18 months.

You will be seen in the outpatient ward by specialist doctors who will discuss treatment options and recommendations with you.

You need to bring with you:

  1. Any letters or reports from your doctor or other 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.


New Zealand citizens or those who have obtained permanent residence are entitled to publicly funded health care.

Non-residents may be required to pay for their health care.

Click here to read more about eligibility for funded care at Lakes DHB.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Fracture Clinics

    These clinics are run by most orthopaedic departments for patients that have sustained an injury that has already been treated and further follow-up of that injury is required, to monitor progress of a healing bone, check the position of the bone in a cast and to decide when other steps… More

  • General Outpatient Clinics

    These are clinics for patients that have been referred by their doctor for an orthopaedic opinion on a specific concern.… More

  • Specialty Clinics

    Clinics for specific parts of the body or specific conditions.… More

  • 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.… More

  • Osteotomy

    The division of a crooked or bent bone to improve alignment of the limb.… More

  • Arthroscopy (keyhole surgery)

    Over the last 30 years a large number of orthopaedic procedures on joints have been performed using an arthroscope, where a fiber optic telescope is used to look inside the joint.… More

  • 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.… More


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This page was last updated at 4:04PM on February 9, 2022. This information is reviewed and edited by Lakes DHB Orthopaedics.