Prof Piers Yates

Orthopaedic Surgeon
MBBS(Hons) BSc(Hons) MRCS(Eng) FRCS(Tr & Orth) FRACS(Ortho) FAOrthA
Hip, knee replacement, revision arthroplasty, resurfacing of the hip, unicompartmental knee replacement and trauma surgery. Accelerated rehabilitation and 'bloodless surgery'.
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I have been practicing in WA as a Specialist Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon from 2006 with a particular interest in joint replacement and trauma. My training began in the UK, in several leading orthopaedic centres including Bristol, London, Bournemouth, Southampton.
I then completed three fellowships in allograft and revision joint surgery under Professor Wood and Professor Nivbrant in Perth; the Advanced hip fellowship in Bristol UK, under Professor Gordon Bannister, Mr Evert Smith, Mr Tony Ward; and lastly I completed an AO trauma fellowship in the Rocky Mountain Regional Trauma Centre in Denver Colorado, USA with Professor Wade Smith, and Dr Steve Morgan.
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In 2007, I became Head of Orthopaedics and Trauma at Fremantle, Kaleeya and Rockingham Hospitals. In 2006 I set up the highly successful elective joint replacement unit in Osborne Park. In 2013 I was appointed co-head of the orthopaedic department at $2 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital.
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I am also Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Western Australia and previously Clinical Director of the Perth Bone and Tissue Bank.

In 2018, I co-founded the Orthopaedic Research Foundation of WA, with 3 other academics. The aim is to facilitate orthopaedic research across sites and practices in WA and support higher surgical training.

Also in 2018, I was elected head of orthopaedics at St John of God Murdoch Private hospital. Here, I have the pleasure of being part of development of a number of services, including the private trauma service.

I have published over 70 scientific papers relating to orthopaedics, as well as book chapters, and I present frequently at regional, national and international meetings (see my publications). I am part of 4 teams designing new hip and knee replacements, and consult for several orthopaedic companies as well as the Department of Health of WA.

I co-led the development of the DoH Musculoskeletal Elective Joint Replacement Model of Care, which provides a template for how orthopaedic services could be delivered across WA in the future.

Teaching is very important to me, and as well as educating the undergraduate medical students, I teach the orthopaedic training registrars, fellows, and other groups. I have enjoyed working abroad through the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, and the Australian Government and other groups, in Papua New Guinea, India and Thailand – for the last few years, I have taught knee surgery in Japan, where I am able to visit and operate with surgeons across the country.
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I am a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons as well as a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. I am a member of the Australian Orthopaedic Association and the Arthroplasty Society of Australia.
In 2012, I was selected to represent the Australian Orthopaedic Association in the prestigious ABC fellowship. I toured 15 academic orthopaedic centres in Canada and the USA with six other commonwealth orthopaedic specialists. We taught and were taught about the latest advances in orthopaedics.

I am happily married to Vihara, and have three children. My outside interests include Rugby, reading, classic car restoration and travel. I completed the Rottnest Channel swim in 2005 as part of a team. This is a 20km international sea swim, completed in 6hrs 41minutes.
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Particular interests
My particular interests are surgery of the hip; including total hip replacement, revision hip replacement, resurfacing of the hip, femoro-acetabular impingement, preservation of the hip, deformity correction in the adult, the young hip, hip dysplasia, minimally invasive hip replacement and alternative bearings.

Surgery of the knee; including total knee replacement, revision knee replacement, unicompartmental knee replacement, knee preservation surgery and osteotomy, arthroscopy and navigation.
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Trauma surgery; including upper and lower limb fracture management, pelvic and acetabular surgery, and malunion and non-union surgery.

I have a special interest in accelerated rehabilitation after joint replacement, blood management (“bloodless surgery”) and optimising postoperative pain relief. My unit at Murdoch and Fremantle has one of the lowest transfusion unit in the world, and we have published and presented on this. I also have very early rehabilitation, very short lengths of stay and low complication rates.

I consult and operate privately at St John of God Murdoch Hospital, Mount Hospital and consult and operate at Fiona Stanley Hospital and Fremantle Hospital.

Recent projects

Professor Piers Yates named 2022 St John of God Murdoch Hospital Doctor of the Year
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Described by colleagues as the “ultimate professional, who is laser sighted on patient outcomes,” Prof Yates is highly respected by St John of God Murdoch Hospital and the wider medical community for his leadership in orthopaedics research, implant and instrument design and for his generous contribution to the education of the next wave of orthopaedic surgeons.

See more here.
Piers Yates’s Visiting Professorship, Wellington, New Zealand 2016
It was a great honour to be invited to Wellington for the visiting professor. This is a 4 day regional meeting, with academic sessions, teaching and case conferences and has been running for 30 years. Previous guests include Al Gross and Christian Gerber.
Chairman, Australian resurfacing forum—where are we now? Brisbane July, 2016
Piers organised and co-chaired the first Australasian Resurfacing meeting in over 5 years. We brought together most of the resurfacers in the region, and with international guests, we discuss the latest opinions, results and future of hip resurfacing.
Piers Yates on Faculty, The Final 20%, Depuy, Melbourne. July, 2016
This meeting focused on optimising the outcome for patients after knee replacement. Piers was part of an international faculty.
Guest Speaker AOA SA, August 2016
Piers was the invited speaker at the South Australian regional Orthopaedoc Association meeting in Barossa. He spoke on infection, early rehab in revision, blood management, and opening a new hospital.
Current Research
  • Attune revision system
  • Absolut THR
  • SAIPH knee replacement
  • Arthroplasty infection
  • Early rehabilitation in revision surgery
  • Revision TKR for component malrotation
I ran the AOA COE in Perth in 2017, focusing on arthroplasty.
Sydney, 2019
I organised and chaired the “Improving Patient Outcomes in Revision Knee Arthroplasty” meeting in Sydney, in 2019.
August 2019
I was awarded national award for research by the Australian Orthopaedic Association in recognition of career achievement. This is the first time it has been awarded by an orthopaedic surgeon in Western Australia. The presentation was in Canberra in October 2019.
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Research Experience

Development of a new knee system. UK and Australia
Uni-compartmental to revision system design team, Finsbury Orthopaedics/MatOrtho. Resulted in commercially available primary knee system in the international market: the SAIPH knee.
Development of a new cemented stem for the Australian market
Cemented stem designed and made in Australia for NOF and OA, Global Orthopaedics. Resulted in commercially available primary hip system in the international market: Absolut hip system.
Master of Surgery: The Development of Iontophoresis of Structural Allografts
My MS was carried out in Perth under the supervision of Professor Wood, Rob Day, and with UK supervisor Mr James Calder. The project concerned the development of the process of iontophoresis to load bulk allografts with biologically active substances, including antibiotics and bisphosphonates. The experiments took place at Royal Perth Hospital and the clinical work in several Perth hospitals. This work has already resulted in a number of publications and presentations.
Stem Fixation in Total Hip Replacement Surgery
This is an ongoing project looking at factors important in optimising stem fixation in total hip replacement surgery. It consists of 10+ projects relating to stem type, surgical technique in cemented stem implantation, canal morphology, uncemented tapered stems, mantle thickness and variations in proximal femoral anatomy. I have published 8 papers from this work so far.
Peripheral Nerve Regeneration
Part of the requirement for my BSc degree in anatomy was the submission of a thesis. I investigated the steps that occur in the regeneration of sciatic nerves in rats by using a variety of techniques including electron microscopy and histochemical staining.
Peripheral Nerve Regeneration Through a Connective Tissue Graft
Looking at the regeneration of sciatic nerves through connective tissue grafts was carried out during the summer after my BSc and was funded by an MRC research grant.
Clinical Research
My main interests are in implant failure and design; polished tapered stems, revision arthroplasty, hip resurfacing and other aspects of arthroplasty, as well as allografts, infection and trauma.
Practice Head Office
Orthopaedics WAMurdoch
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St John of God Hospital Murdoch
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Murdoch WA 6150
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Perth WA 6000
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