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Elderly Health

Includes cataract surgery, geriatric medicine, geriatric psychiatry and continence management.

Geriatric Medicine

A Geriatrician is a Geriatric medicine (geriatrics) specialist. Geriatric Medicine is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in older people and the problems specific to ageing. Major categories of impairment that appear in elderly people include immobility, frailty, loss of balance, incontinence, impaired intellect and memory issues, as well as impaired vision and hearing loss.

Continence Management

Urinary incontinence is common and may have a range of causes, including as a result of an underlying treatable medical condition. Treatment options range from symptom management, behaviour management, and medications to surgery. The least invasive treatment is started first.

Joint Replacement Surgery

Joint replacement surgery, known as arthroplasty, involves a diseased or damaged joint being removed and replaced with an artificial one (known as a prosthesis). Artificial joints are usually made of metal, ceramic or plastic materials. The most common joint replacements are the hip and knee, along with the shoulder and ankle.

Sleep Medicine

Over 100 different disorders of sleeping and waking have been identified, grouped in four main categories: problems with falling and staying asleep (insomnia); problems with staying awake (excessive daytime sleepiness); problems with keeping to a regular sleep schedule (sleep rhythm problem); and unusual behaviours during sleep (sleep-disruptive behaviours, e.g. sleep walking). Tests and treatment vary and depend on the specific sleep disorder.