Mr Michael Pritchard has been practicing in Hobart and Melbourne for the last 10 years, specialising in joint replacement, arthroscopic surgery and sports injuries. He is currently working at Hobart Private Hospital and Calvary Hospital in Tasmania.
Mr Pritchard graduated from the University of Tasmania obtaining his MBBS (Hons), in 1998 and completed his Orthopaedic Training at The Royal Melbourne and Royal Hobart Hospitals, specialising in Joint replacement, arthroscopic surgery and sports injuries.
He gained the inaugural postgraduate fellowship in Hip and Shoulder Arthroscopy in 2007 with Mr John O’Donnell, working closely with many elite athletes.
In 2008, he trained in the techniques of DAA (Direct Anterior Approach) Minimally Invasive Surgery for hip replacement, which provides an alternative approach in suitable patients. He has since performed over 1,150 procedures and has seen remarkable results.
He regularly attends workshops in Europe on advances in Hip Arthroscopy, and DAA Hip Replacement techniques; thus enabling him to provide state of the art technology for his patients.
Mr Pritchard has continued to improve advanced arthroscopic techniques to diagnose and treat disorders of the hip and has developed imaging techniques used in complex high performance revision situations. He has rapidly increased the number of elite athletes travelling to Hobart from around Australia and overseas for arthroscopic treatment of the hip.
Mr Pritchard has personal experience with elite sport, having played Hockey himself at national level. He relocated from Melbourne to Hobart with his wife and children to enjoy work and lifestyle.
He maintains a keen interest in many sporting endeavours and understands the goals of elite athletes. He enjoys motor sport, sailing, road cycling and fishing.
In late 2013, whilst competing in the Launceston to Hobart Yacht race, he was involved in a sailing accident, resulting in a fracture of the right humerus.
This was understandably a devastating time for all concerned. It involved an extensive five-month physiotherapy rehabilitation program and he returned to operating in June 2014, 5 months after the injury.
During Mr Pritchard’s time of rehabilitation, he travelled overseas to further enhance the techniques of DAA Hip Replacement. He has since set up a Visiting Surgeons Program & Surgical Skills Lab in conjunction with Calvary Healthcare Hobart and the Menzies Institute for Medical Research in Hobart.
These courses allow surgeons to view Mr Pritchard in the operating suites and participate in the Skills Lab.
Mr Pritchard has presented nationally and internationally on these subjects and has published papers in peer reviewed journals.