Musculoskeletal surgery, traumatic injuries

Orthopaedics and traumatology

At Tays we examine and treat, among other things, bone fractures and other connective tissue injuries, problems arising from skeletal degeneration, such as pain in the lower back, and hip and knee arthroses. We also coordinate the treatment of connective tissue-based tumours (sarcomas). The patient is treated by means of a surgical operation.

Diseases treated at Tays include:

  • Bone fractures
  • Hip and knee arthroses
  • Back pain
  • Connective tissue injuries
  • Sarcoma

Examinations and treatment at Tays

Skeletal diseases are treated by means of a surgical operation. Before the surgery, a physician examines and interviews the patient. We also carry out x-ray, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging examination as well as ENMG and laboratory tests.

About half of our patients are in need of emergency surgery. Such cases include bone fractures, injuries and inflammations of the soft connective tissue and lower back nerve compressions.

We invite the patient to an elective surgery to treat conditions such as foot posture problems, ruptures in the shoulder joint fascia and nerve compressions in the spine.

At the outpatient clinics, we primarily examine orthopaedic patients and plan the surgical treatment after the necessary examinations. Treatment on the inpatient ward normally last from 1 to 6 days, the average treatment period being three days. Longer stays on the ward is necessary in the treatment of severe multiple injuries and inflammations and after complex spine and tumour surgeries.

Musculoskeletal surgeries and the treatment of traumatic injuries are centralised in Tays Central Hospital. The outpatient clinics of Tays Valkeakoski and Tays Sastamala Hospitals examine orthopaedic patients for conditions such as soft tissue degeneration in the lower back and shoulder and perform surgical operation mainly on a day-case and short-stay basis.

Special expertise at Tays

In its specific catchment area, Tays is the only hospital with the capacity to treat all the diseases and injuries a patient may have on an emergency basis. Examples include a severe spinal fracture that compresses the spinal cord, or hip fractures that involve life-threatening bleeding into the surrounding tissues.

In research activities, we have over the past few years focused on the development of conservative (non-surgical) forms of treatment for patient with a musculoskeletal disease that traditionally qualify as orthopaedic patients.

Person in charge

Chief Physician Kimmo Vihtonen