Dr Zoltan Szomor has more than 25 years’ experience as an orthopaedic surgeon and specialises in hip and knee surgery, including joint replacement, hip and knee primary and revision arthroplasty, and knee reconstruction and arthroscopic surgery. He provides more than 3,000 consultations and conducts more than 600 operations each year, most of these being elective hip and knee procedures.
Dr Szomor is one of the first orthopaedic surgeons in Australia to practice the minimally-invasive, tissue-sparing surgical technique for total hip replacement—the SuperPATH. This technique usually leads to a quicker recovery and accelerated rehabilitation, while minimising pain. For total knee replacements, he uses one of the most advanced, ceramic-coated knee replacements. Dr Szomor has a significantly lower revision rate than the national average—0.35 compared to the national average of 0.66 revisions per 100 observed years (based on the National Join Replacement Registry data for the past decade).
Dr Szomor completed his advanced orthopaedic training with the Australian Orthopaedic Association Training Program and was elected to be a Fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. He completed a PhD Degree at the University of New South Wales, performing cutting-edge musculoskeletal research. He also completed an 18-month fellowship at Kyoto University, Japan, focusing on arthroplasty and cartilage research, as well as a fellowship in Sydney in 1997 and 1998.
Dr Szomor’s strong interest and ongoing commitment in research resulted in over 50 scientific papers being published in international journals and he has presented close to 100 scientific papers at national and international conferences. Dr Szomor has been actively involved in the education of medical students and postgraduate junior doctors as a Conjoint Senior Lecturer at UNSW and as the Term Supervisor of Junior Medical Officers at St George Hospital for the past 25 years. He regularly supervises visiting international students and doctors-in-training for elective terms in orthopaedic surgery. Dr Szomor’s main practice is at the St George Hip & Knee Clinic.
He has affiliations with St George Private and Public, Kareena Private, Hurstville Private and Sutherland Hospitals, as well as the National Day Surgery at Kogarah.
Positions and Affiliations:
- Director, St George Hip & Knee Clinic
- Senior Orthopaedic Surgeon, St George Private Hospital
- Senior Orthopaedic Surgeon, St George Public and Sutherland Hospitals
- Conjoint Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales
- Term Supervisor of Junior Medical Officers Orthopaedic Training
- Past Medical Director of NSW Bone Bank 2004-2012
- Fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association
- Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
- International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT)
- International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS)
- International Congress for Joint Reconstruction (ICJR)
To maintain the highest standards of patient care, the priority of my orthopaedic practice continues to be patient satisfaction and improved outcomes. I provide consultations and surgeries based on the following principles:
- Professional, friendly, honest and realistic discussion on surgical options and expected outcomes.
- Careful examination and evaluation of patients' conditions and expectations.
- Using the most advanced and proven surgical techniques and materials, like computer navigation, advanced ceramic-coated joint replacements and minimally-invasive, tissue-sparing surgical techniques.
- Minimising the risks associated with surgery (minimally-invasive surgical procedures, advanced modalities of DVT and infection prophylaxis, post-operative pain control, early mobilisation etc.).
- Constant monitoring outcomes, peer review and auditing.
- Conducting ongoing clinical research.
- Providing the highest standards of service to both privately insured and public patients.