Dr. David Mitchell is an orthopaedic surgeon practicing in Ballarat, VIC. Dr. Mitchell specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries, diseases and disorders of the bodys musculoskeletal system. As an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Mitchell tends to bones, ligaments, muscles, joints, nerves and tendons. Orthopaedic surgeons can specialize in certain areas like the hand, spine, hip, foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow or the knee.
Education and Training
MBBS at the University of Melbourne
David Mitchell's Expert Contributions
The common tendonitis is of the achilles tendon, or heel cord. The common variant is non-insertional, where the tendon is swollen about 4-5cm above the insertion on the calcaneus, the heel bone. Early on, it isn't swollen, only painful. Typically it becomes disabling, preventing running. The treatment is usually a combination of a blood injection - ABI - using the patient's own blood. A physiotherapy program of eccentric training also help, but the blood injection my opinion is the key. Another variant of achilles tendonitis is insertional, where the pain is right where it connects to bone. The treatment for this can be initially physiotherapy, but if more aggressive treatment is required, it is usually surgery to remove a "bump" of bone, and if necessary repair the tendon to bone. Other tendonitis conditions occur of the perineal tendons, on the outer aspect of the ankle, or the tibialis posterior, on the inner aspect of the ankle. These are interesting, but rare. Cheers, Mr. David Mitchell READ MORE
Osteoarthritis can affect many joints - perhaps in our society the most common joint is the knee. The non operative treatment is to be "strong, supple, and slim." There are some tablets options, but narcotics should not be used. If the joint involved is the finger joints - generally hand therapy is better than surgery. The results of hip and knee replacement are good, but at 50 years of age, you are young for these operations, and should go to a surgeon with a special interest rather than just a guy. For 50-year-old patients with knee arthritis, especially both sides, if it is not advanced, and if the patient is heavy, bariatric surgery is better than knee replacement. Cheers, Mr. David Mitchell READ MORE
The treatment of osteonecrosis depends on where it is, how progressed, and how symptomatic it is. For painful but normal shape areas of osteonecrosis, sometimes a minor drilling procedure can stop the pain and help the bone spring back to life. In a 78 year old, it might well be part of arthritis, and a joint replacement might be the best option. How painful and how disabled the patient is are the key questions. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
Faculty Titles & Positions
- International Public Speaking -
- Wrightington Hospital
- Heidelberg Repatriation Hospital
- Orthopaedic Specialty Training at Wrightington Hospital
Professional Society Memberships
- Australian Knee Society, Australian Orthopaedic Association
Articles and Publications
What do you attribute your success to?
- His persistence, aggressive patient centered care to minimize recovery times and maximize results of the surgery performed.
Hobbies / Sports
Favorite professional publications
- The Bone & Joint Journal
David Mitchell's Practice location
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- How Effective is Knee Replacement Surgery?
How Effective is Knee Replacement Surgery?This surgery is normally recommended for elderly people who suffer from severe pain due to osteoarthritis. It is suggested for people if the pain and stiffness in their joints affects their mobility and daily activities. One has to understand both the...
- Are There Risks to a Spinal Stenosis Surgery?
Like any other surgical procedure, spinal stenosis surgery has its own risks and possible complications. However, if performed correctly by professional medical staff, the possibility of any complication after the surgery is low.The potential risks and possible complications following a spinal...
- How Long Does a Knee Replacement Last?
A knee replacement surgery provides relief for approximately 90 percent of people who are suffering from pain due to knee problems. Most knee replacement procedures are done for the treatment of osteoarthritis. With proper care, your knee implant can last for as long as 20 years. The technology...
- New Research May Improve Bone Health in Diabetic Patients
Diabetes and complications related to it are common, and most people know about them. Diabetes harms blood vessels and nerves, which causes heart problems, problems with peripheral nerves, and weakens eyesight. The need for foot and eye care, and the evaluation of heart and kidney health, are all...
- Low Testosterone Levels May Increase the Risk of Bone Fractures
Low levels of testosterone may increase the chances of bone fractures due to osteoporosis in men over 60-years-old, according to a study published in the journal, Archives of Internal Medicine. Osteoporosis, characterized by thinning of bones, and can occur in men with hormonal deficiencies.“One...
- What Is a Cervical Laminectomy?
A cervical laminectomy is performed to relieve the compression of the spinal cord and nerves around your neck. This is achieved by making the spinal canal wider, creating more space for your nerves. A part of the protruding bone or the lamina is either removed or trimmed during this procedure. The...