Mr Demos Neophytou is a Cyprus Orthopaedic Surgeon who is dealing with the vast majority of the Orthopaedic spectrum and has special interest in Sports Injuries and Lower Limb reconstruction.
He worked in leading hospitals in London such the RNOH and SWLEOC and participated in the London 2012 as a member of the medical staff of TeamGB.
He returned in Cyprus in 2014 and he consults patients at his chambers in Limassol and operates in Ygia Polyclinic (Limassol).
We spoke with the doctor about the frequent injures, innovative surgical methods and prevention methods.
Why did you choose to specialise in Orthopaedics?
It was an inspiration that derived during my years at university. I was always in a dilemma with what profession might suit me. Every time I came in touch with a new specialty, I would ask myself whether this was appropriate for me. I was always fascinated by new technologies and innovations and as time passed, reflecting, I arrived at the conclusion that Orthopaedics was to be my destiny. I was captivated by seeing people unable to walk then become mobilised again and also, making people with skew knees having straight knees again. After embarking on my training in this field, there was no doubt I had made the right choice.
Tell us about your experiences within Orthopaedics?
I gained the very prestigious scholarship from the National Orthopaedic Society of Greece and continued my training in the United Kingdom. I worked in the NHS in Watford Hospital and then continued training in the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust, a peer centre of excellence, with Professor Timothy Briggs specialising in lower limb reconstruction and robotic surgery. I then continued my training in SWLEOC (South West London Elective Orthopaedic Center) where I gained further experience in lower limb reconstruction and robotics. Following that I joined Epsom Shoulder Unit where I was trained in shoulder and soft tissue surgery with Vipul Patel and Nick Little. I then worked in Homerton University Hospital, London.
In 2012, I completed the Musculoskeletal Sports Injuries Fellowship and, proud to say, worked with the Team GB during the London 2012 Olympic Games in the Olympic Games Official Hospital.
I have gained experience in clinical and radiological diagnosis of sports and soft tissue injuries and treatment with key hole surgery of shoulder, hip and knee conditions, as well as, minimal invasive methods.
What is the most frequent surgical procedure you perform?
I perform robotic knee replacements with the latest technology robotic system: Navio. I’m experienced in minimal invasive hip reconstruction, which accelerates rehabilitation with results that returns a person’s functional activities in a very short timeframe after the procedure. Sports injuries, as well, are my field of expertise with vast experience in professional and semi-professional athletes in a broad spectrum of sports.
What innovative methods do you apply?
I’m the only Orthopaedic Surgeon trained and qualified for robotic joint reconstruction in this country (Cyprus). I have in-depth knowledge in performing knee replacements with the use of Navio, and I have gained experience both in London and Cyprus. This capacity of expertise assists me in delivering a state-of-the-art procedure to a knee to be almost normal by appropriate balancing of the soft tissue and prosthesis applied in the best position according to a patient’s needs. This way the patient has a less traumatic operation with minimal loss of blood, the slightest intervention over the soft tissues and through this practising method, the patient returns to normal within days rather than months.
What is your philosophy on team effort?
I deeply believe in team work and I’m grateful that I have managed to form a dedicated team that consists of my anaesthetist, my nurses as well as technicians of robotic, and never forgetting my dedicated rehabilitation specialists. We all work closely together aiming towards the patient’s best interest, making sure that we have the loop closed firmly remains during our procedure, either pre-operatively, during the procedure, and of course, after the operation and importantly during the recovery and physiotherapy period. We always try to make the patient comfortable and relieve the stress that naturally comes along with the procedure. We give the upmost effort to make the patient feel confident, by our experience, capacity, stamina and willingness to give back the quality of life that their condition has deprived them of.
Is there a typical patient?
No patient is alike. Our objective is to facilitate every single patient individually, and personalise treatment to fit their needs. There’s no typical patient in our practice. It is the patient and what he or she wants. Our aim is focussed on their reality of recovery, and to instil personal confidence in our procedures.
How do you apply prevention methods?
It is with great pleasure that we can help our patients in this specific area, especially women, to accommodate their symptoms with conservative methods by delaying the progress of osteoarthritis. We have a lot of solutions in our quiver. Of course, physiotherapy is a solution but treatments with Hyalouronic acid, stem cells therapy, collagen injections, cartilage restoration aims for patients recovery to their normal activity and enjoy pain free days. Of course, this necessitates a consultation that will ascertain the condition and needs of the patient and define the relevant treatment that will suit the patient.
What advise do you give to patients?
I advise all my patients to look after their body and assure them that there is always a solution to every problem that makes them feel unhappy and miserable regarding their musculoskeletal condition. A visit to an Orthopaedic Surgeon does not necessarily result in surgery. A consultation provides a synonymous solution and to discover a way to be able to return back to the quality of life that they deserve.