Dr Kaushik (Kosh) Hazratwala is a Specialist Lower Limb Orthopaedic Surgeon with an interest in Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction, Sports Injury Surgery and General Limb Trauma. In January 2009, Dr Hazratwala formed the Townsville Lower Limb Clinic as a specialist center for Orthopaedic Surgery, offering super-specialised orthopaedic services for conditions of the lower limb. The Townsville Lower Limb Clinic is situated at the Mater Medical Centre, 21-37 Fulham Road, Pimlico, Townsville.
Point of difference
Dr Hazratwala believes that most Australian trained surgeons will provide a very high level of surgical care but what differentiates his team from the rest is their care for the patient, before, during and after the surgical procedure. We believe in interactive communication, we listen to the patient's needs and requirements, we provide our patients with information that is simple to understand and give them ample time to digest the information and ask questions. Most orthopaedic operations are lifestyle operations and not life saving. The decision to have an operation is the prerogative of the patient. We believe in providing non-surgical options for treatment before surgical. The decision is made with the patient and never for the patient. Dr Hazratwala is trained to perform most replacement and reconstructive surgeries of the lower limb and the few operations that Dr Hazratwala may not perform, and if indicated, he will organise appropriate referrals to his colleagues locally or interstate. As with most professions, the more one does of one thing, the better one gets at it and no one is good at everything. Dr Hazratwala does not see it as a failure on his part to refer a patient to his colleagues but a victory for his patient.
Dr Hazratwala employs a full-time Specialist Orthopaedic Nurse, Ms Alicia Harris, who is available at all times during working hours and has been trained by Dr Hazratwala to answer most common questions before and after surgery. All patients having major orthopaedic surgery have a consultation with Alicia, who will be available at most times to answer questions and make the patient comfortable and prepared for surgery. Having surgery is a stressful time and Dr Hazratwala's team go out of their way to make it as stress-free as possible.