Dr John Limbers
Hip, Knee, Foot & Ankle
Dr John Limbers is an orthopaedic surgeon who offers private practice specialisation in hip, knee, and foot & ankle surgery.
Dr John Limbers is a specialist orthopaedic surgeon who sub-specialises in surgery for osteoarthritis of the lower limb. His areas of expertise include Mako robotic anterior hip replacement, Mako robotic total and partial knee replacement, arthroscopic knee surgery and reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. He has performed over 1800 Mako robotic hip and knee replacement surgeries.
Dr Limbers completed his undergraduate medical training with First Class Honours at the University of New South Wales. He trained in orthopaedic surgery through the Australian Orthopaedic Association training programme in Sydney. He obtained his Fellowship (FRACS) with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2003.
Following his specialist training in Australia, John pursued international sub-specialty experience at Addenbrooke’s University Hospital (Cambridge, England)and Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital (Dublin, Ireland). This focused on hip and knee replacement surgery, as well as reconstructive foot and ankle surgery at high-volume surgical centres.
Dr Limbers has completed over 4,000 hip and knee replacement procedures. He utilises the minimally invasive anterior approach total hip replacement technique, with Mako robotic technology and functional planning. This allows patients to have accelerated rehabilitation and recovery, with less post-operative pain and no functional restrictions in the post-operative period. He is also one of the first surgeons in Australia to perform anterior robotically assisted total hip replacement surgery.
He also performs knee replacement surgery using Mako robotically assisted technology. This reliably reproduces accurate modified kinematic alignment of the prosthetic components, resulting in less soft tissue trauma and a lower incidence of implant failure. Dr Limbers uses lateral parapatellar incision for total knee replacement surgery. This incision towards the side of the knee allows for comfortable kneeling following knee replacement. He uses multi-modal pain relief and local anaesthetic infiltration techniques to allow earlier mobilisation and discharge.
Dr Limbers has a special interest in reconstructive foot and ankle surgery. As an orthopaedic trauma surgeon, he is responsible for the management of complex major trauma and secondary reconstructions.
Dr Limbers has considerable experience in research and training. He is previously an Australian Orthopaedic Association Director of Training. He is actively involved in the selection and training of orthopaedic trainees for the Australian Orthopaedic Association and Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He has presented at both national and international meetings and has clinical research publications and review articles in peer reviewed international journals.
He is cited in Apley’s System of Orthopaedics and Fractures.
He is married with five children. His other pursuits include reading, surfing, rugby union and violin. He also has an interest in aid projects in developing countries, and has organised and participated in voluntary work projects to Papua New Guinea, Tonga, The Philippines and Western Samoa.
- MBBS(Hons 1), BSc(Med.), FRACS(Ortho.), FAOrthA
SURGICAL TRAINING FELLOWSHIPS
- Addenbrooke’s University Hospital, Cambridge, UK (Hip & Knee Surgery)
- Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital, Dublin, Ireland (Foot & Ankle Surgery).
- Member of Arthroplasty Society of Australia
- Member of the Australian Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society
- Gosford Private Hospital
- Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAN)