- Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr John Limbers is an experienced Orthopaedic Surgeon with particular expertise in anterior MAKO robotic hip replacement surgery, MAKO robotic knee replacement surgery, and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.
He graduated in Medicine from the University of New South Wales with First Class Honours. He completed Advanced Orthopaedic Training on the Sydney Northside Orthopaedic Training Scheme, and was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 2004. He followed this with further international subspecialty training at Addenbrooke’s University Hospital, Cambridge and Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital, Dublin.
Dr Limbers has a special interest in hip and knee replacement surgery. He has completed over 4000 hip and knee replacement procedures, including primary surgeries and complex revisions. He has performed over 1800 Mako robotic hip and knee replacements. He instructs surgeons around Australia in these techniques.
He performs hip replacement surgery through the anterior intermuscular approach with the cutting edge MAKO Robotic platform, including functional planning. This allows patients to have accelerated rehabilitation and recovery, with less postoperative pain and no functional restrictions in the post-operative period.
He also performs knee replacement surgery using the MAKO Robot, which reliably reproduces increased accuracy in alignment of the prosthetic components. This allows him to utilise modified kinematic alignment and virtual ligament balancing. It is also associated with less soft tissue trauma during knee replacement surgery, with some evidence of a quicker recovery in the first six weeks following surgery. He performs total knee replacement surgery through an incision more towards the side of the knee, rather than over the front. This is called a lateral parapatellar incision and allows comfortable kneeling after the knee replacement.
Dr Limbers uses multi-modal pain relief and local anaesthetic infiltration techniques after hip and knee replacement surgery to allow earlier mobilisation and discharge.
He also specialises in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. This includes ankle and hindfoot reconstructive surgery and forefoot surgery.
Dr Limbers has considerable experience in research and training. He is formally an Australian Orthopaedic Association Director of Training. He has been involved in the selection and training of orthopaedic trainees for the Australian Orthopaedic Association and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He has presented at both national and international meetings. He has numerous clinical research publications and review articles in peer reviewed international journals.
- MBBS (Hons1) , BSc (Med) , FRACS , FAOrthA