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SPORTSMED·SA will revolutionise education for foot and ankle surgeons when our hospital hosts a series of ground-breaking training programs not offered anywhere else in the world this year.

Doctors studying and specialising in orthopaedics, along with established orthopaedic surgeons, will partake in a special one-day training involving live patients with SPORTSMED·SA Foot and Ankle Specialist Dr James Clayton to learn how to perform keyhole/minimally invasive bunion surgery.

Training will be facilitated at our Stepney location's private, orthopaedic hospital where attendees will have the opportunity to watch Dr Clayton perform live bunion operations, before visiting the Flinders University Department of Surgery later that day to practice their own procedures on bodies donated for research and education purposes.

The format of the training is unique and not replicated anywhere else in the world according to Dr Clayton, who was handpicked by French-based GRECMIP (Group of Research and Study in Minimally Invasive Surgery of the Foot) and Wright Medical Group, a global surgical device company, to spearhead the program which began in February and is offered throughout 2017.

Dr Clayton is considered one of the most experienced foot and ankle specialists in Australia practicing minimally invasive bunion surgery, with fellow surgeons and patients as far as Russia often travelling to Adelaide to call on his expertise. The 41-year-old was also invited to speak on minimally invasive bunion techniques at the International Foot and Ankle Society Conference in Portugal later this year.

“No other program in the world can have trainees witness live surgery and then get to practice that same operation, the same day,” he said.

“Traditionally trainees will watch a surgeon perform on a donated body and rely on PowerPoint slides and video for further education – this is a much more realistic and comprehensive experience in a live theatre environment.

“Attending surgeons will get the complete experience in one day and earn certification once completed to strengthen their qualifications and surgical skills.

“Courses like this will help surgeons to have an immediate effect on improving patient health and wellbeing.”

In the last decade, minimally invasive techniques have become sought after by foot and ankle surgeons due to the range of benefits they offer patients experiencing painful conditions such as bunions.

Less invasive surgical techniques can offer less pain, lower the risk of complications, hasten rehabilitation and recovery, and reduce the time spent in hospital.

“Minimally invasive surgery is not only the future, it is the now … it’s surgery done better with a lot less damage to the foot during and following the procedure,” Dr Clayton said.

“More and more surgeons are now catching on as they see the results continue to be consistent and extremely successful for patients worldwide.”

Dr James Clayton is the only surgeon performing the procedure in South Australia. If you have bunions and would like to put an end to your troubles with footwear, please contact SPORTSMED·SA Hospital and Orthopaedics on 08 8362 7788.