David Mitchell, Orthopedist

David Mitchell


707 Mair Street Ballarat VIC, 3350


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

Provider Details

MaleEnglish 30 years of experience
David Mitchell
David Mitchell's Expert Contributions
  • What are the symptoms of tendonitis in the ankle?

    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

  • What is the best treatment for osteoarthritis?

    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

  • My mother is diagnosed with osteonecrosis. Is there a treatment for this condition?

    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

ArthroplastyHipOrthopedics: KneeRapid Recovery SurgerySport

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

  • Published

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

  • Skiing

Favorite professional publications

  • The Bone & Joint Journal

David Mitchell's Practice location

707 Mair Street -
Ballarat, VIC 3350
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