Mr Simon Matthews
I grew up in the UK and studied medicine at St Bart’s Hospital in London, graduating in 1999 before doing basic surgical training in Colchester, Essex. I joined the Royal London Hospital orthopaedic registrar rotation in 2004 and passed the UK FRCS (Tr&Orth) Fellowship exam in 2008.
The following year I travelled with my family to Melbourne to start a 12-month fellowship in complex joint replacement and pelvic reconstruction with local surgeons Andrew Bucknill, Richard de Steiger and Sam Patten at the Royal Melbourne and Epworth Richmond hospitals. After this, I stayed on for another 6 month trauma fellowship at the Royal Melbourne. Returning to London in 2011 for a year, we decided to return to Australia and the opportunity arose to relocate to Wagga. Little did I realise at the time that I was following in the footsteps of Australia’s first rural orthopaedic surgeon, Peter Dewey, who had made the journey here from the UK and established the orthopaedic department 45 years ago.
Since arriving in Wagga, we have all had a great welcome, made many new friends and look forward to staying in the longer term.
I have been working at Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital (WWRRH) since moving here whilst undergoing specialist recognition with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, passing the FRACS Fellowship exam in 2014. I now hold both public and private appointments at WWRRH and Calvary Hospitals and operate at both hospitals as well as Calvary Day Procedure Centre. I am available for consultation at Riverina Orthopaedics most days, with a monthly Griffith clinic.
My major interests include:
Hip and knee replacement (arthroplasty) surgery – including primary, complex and revision (re-do) surgery for worn, failed or infected joint replacements. I also perform keyhole (arthoscopic) procedures and joint-preserving surgery such as partial knee replacement or re-alignment (osteotomy) surgery, in those patients where it is appropriate. I also perform soft-tissue knee procedures such as ACL reconstructions and patellofemoral instability management.
Fracture/trauma surgery – both child and adult trauma and specifically complex lower limb trauma including fractures and injuries around joints and joint replacements (periprosthetic injuries). I participate in the on-call roster at WWRRH and am always available to discuss the management of acute injuries with local GPs and referring hospitals.
Surgical education and training – I hold an academic position with the Rural Clinical School, UNSW and regularly teach medical students, junior doctors and orthopaedic registrars at WWRRH. I instruct on the EMST (Emergency Management of Severe Trauma) course run throughout Australia and am also on the faculty of AOTrauma, an organisation which trains surgeons in modern trauma management worldwide.
Away from work, I try to find some time for DIY, running, shooting, Krav Maga and travel.