ORTHOPAEDIC SURGEON CYPRUS
DEAL WITH THE CAUSE BEFORE MANAGING THE SYMPTOM
We often speak to leading medical specialists from St. George & Blue Cross Private Hospitals in Paphos, to find out more about their medical specialty. In this interview, Cyprus in Style speaks with the leading Orthopaedic Surgeon and Traumatologist, Dr George Thrasyvoulidi, who runs his busy clinic at the Blue Cross Hospital. We find out more about his life as an Orthopaedic Surgeon in Cyprus.
- Background Story of Dr George Thrasyvoulidi, Blue Cross Paphos
- Trained in Germany to become an Orthopaedic Surgeon
- Advice to people with Orthopaedic Issues
- Dealing with Sports Injuries
- Working with Düsseldorf Ice Hockey & FIFA teams
- Guidance for anyone working at a Desk for long hours
- Future Plans as an Orthopaedic Surgeon in Cyprus
Meet Dr George Thrasyvoulidi, Leading Orthopaedic Surgeon in Cyprus
One of the leading Orthopaedic doctors in Cyprus, Dr George Thrasyvoulidi, who specialises in sports injuries, states that, “We provide solutions to your pain. We deal with the cause of the pain and not just the symptom”. Today, he is the first and only recognised Arthroscopic Doctor in Cyprus, formally recognised by the AGA Society (Arthroscopic society in middle Europe). He started his medical career at the Medical School of National Kapodistrian at the University of Athens and continued his specialisation in Germany.
He later went on to study in two specialist fields of fracture management and arthroscopic surgery for the treatment of sports injuries. Much of his medical education has taken place in Germany. Here he performed hundreds of surgeries, using the latest and most modern surgical techniques. He specialises in research in the field of Arthroscopy, gives lectures and educates other doctors.
We spoke to Dr George Thrasyvoulidi to find out more about what his work involves, his background, and to take his valuable advice about working at a desk from home.
Why did you specialise in Orthopaedics?
Ever since I can remember, I have always had a love of medicine. As a child, I was always playing with construction tools and my Father’s medical tools. He was also a doctor and inspired me to follow him into medicine. I have always been fascinated by connecting pieces together, breaking and then fixing. Orthopaedic medicine is a natural extension of this and that is why I decided to specialise in this field.
Why did you select Germany for your further medical training?
I greatly admired the research and ground-breaking work in Orthopaedics which Germany was doing at that time. I considered many countries for my further studies after I had graduated from the University of Athens. Germany has always been recognised as the leading country in Europe for research and new orthopaedic surgery techniques.
What has been your most interesting case?
During my training in Germany, I was fortunate to work with one of the leading Arthroscopic doctors, Professor Nebelung, who specialised in shoulder and knee problems. It was a huge honour to be a part of the Professor’s small team, and I learnt an incredible amount. I could not possibly select just one interesting case, as we treated professional athletes from all over the world, and they were all fascinating on an individual basis.
What is your best advice for people with an Orthopaedic issue?
The very best advice I can offer is not to leave it too long to seek medical attention. The longer you leave it, the worse it will become. When you know you have an injury, always see your doctor, who can give you the best advice and recommend the most suitable treatment.
Why did you get involved in sports injuries?
There are two reasons for this. Mainly, I have always been fascinated with orthopaedic issues. I realised this during my early medical training. Also, I am a sports fan and enjoy helping athletes on the road to recovery. There is nothing more satisfying than curing a long-term injury, which has prevented an athlete’s full recovery and potential. From 2016 -2020, I was the doctor for the Under 17 and 20 Düsseldorf Ice Hockey teams. Since 2019, I have held a FIFA Football Medical Diploma.
Can you explain your connection to FIFA in more detail?
I have completed the FIFA Football Medical Course. In addition to this, I have treated many professional football players in Germany, which, whilst challenging, was very enjoyable.
What is your best advice for people working on a computer from home?
There are a lot of people who now find themselves working from home. They are spending hours at a desk, and it is essential to take on board the following advice, to prevent any injuries from developing.
- It would be best if you always positioned your keyboard about 10 cm away from you on your desk.
- Try to sit in an upright position about 50 -70 cm away from your computer screen.
- Your desk should be a minimum space of 80 cm x 160 cm.
- The height of the desk should be 25-30 cm above the seat of the chair.
- The height of the chair should be 42 -53 cm from the ground.
- Make sure your knees and upper body are at 90 degrees to the floor.
- It is essential to change position every 30 minutes.
- It is also advisable to do some stretching exercises during your working day.
- Work in an environment that is 22 – 24 degrees Celsius.
- Make sure you have adequate lighting.
After a patient has recovered from an injury or surgery, what is your best advice for them? Are there any supplements you would recommend?
After surgery, a patient must acknowledge that their recovery is ongoing. They have to follow the rehabilitation plan, which their doctor recommends. I could not recommend any specific supplements to the readers because every individual case needs individual supplements.
What is the most common injury you see? Why is that?
The most common injuries I see are strains and sprains because the majority of my patients are athletes. These are the most common injuries in sports medicine.
What are your future plans as an Orthopaedic Surgeon?
I recently established my new clinic at the Blue Cross Hospital in Paphos. It is conveniently positioned just off the highway as you come into Paphos and is convenient for my patients who drive from Limassol and Nicosia. My main intention is to be able to help people with their injuries and offer them the very best standards of care. I am delighted to be able to offer the latest orthopaedic treatments in Cyprus that are offered to patients in Germany.
ABOUT ST. GEORGE & BLUE CROSS HOSPITALS
St. George and the Blue Cross hospitals joined forces in 2012, to create a unique and comprehensive medical facility for the Pafos region. Their combined professionalism, expertise and resources, together with their state-of-the-art medical equipment, means that they can offer the highest standard of medical care in Paphos. They work with many doctors across the Island, who are leaders in their fields. This includes over eighty doctors and a staff of over one hundred. Consequently, the hospitals are a centre of medical excellence in Paphos.
For more information about the services they offer, visit their website at BlueCross.com.cy.
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