What Types of Joint Surgery or Procedures Are Available?

There are several types of surgery available for joints such as the hips, knees, shoulders, elbows, wrists and ankles. The type of surgery required depends on the seriousness of damage to the joint and how extensive the damage is.

The most common types of joint replacement are hip and knee replacements. In Australia in 2022, there were 52,863 hip replacement procedures and 64,846 knee replacements recorded on the National Joint Replacement Registry.

Dr Dan Fick is a senior orthopaedic surgeon who is known for his expertise in hip and knee surgery, including:


  • Total hip replacement – also called hip arthroplasty
  • Partial hip replacement
  • Hip resurfacing – also called hip resurfacing arthroplasty
  • Hip arthroscopy – a minimally invasive procedure that uses an arthroscope (a flexible tube with a camera connected to a video monitor) to help diagnose and treat hip conditions
  • Soft tissue hip reconstruction



  • Total knee replacement – also called knee arthroplasty
  • Partial knee replacement – also called unicompartmental knee replacement or “uni-knee” replacement. Only the damaged part of the knee is replaced with an implant
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction
  • Knee arthroscopy – this procedure uses an arthroscope to help diagnose and treat knee conditions
  • Patellofemoral replacement (knee cap repair) – a type of partial knee replacement
  • Knee ligament reconstruction

"Having joint replacement surgery is a big decision. Please ask us anything at any stage of your journey. Our team has many years of experience in orthopaedic care and we'll be with you every step of the way."

Dr Dan Fick
Orthopaedic surgeon