Dr James McLean

Dr James McLean - Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist & Hand Surgeon

Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist & Hand Surgeon

Dr James McLean is a specialist orthopaedic surgeon performing shoulder and upper limb surgery, with a particular interest in joint replacement and minimally invasive arthroscopic (key-hole) surgery of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. He manages patient conditions associated with arthritis, trauma and sports injuries; with a focus on shoulder arthritis and rotator cuff disease. His primary goal is to obtain the best possible outcome for his patients and their family.

Dr McLean graduated from the University of Adelaide Medical School in 2004. Prior to commencing practice, he completed 9 years of post-graduate surgical training. During this time he travelled extensively, obtaining additional experience from centres of orthopaedic excellence in Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the USA.

Dr McLean was awarded the higher degree of Master of Surgery in 2010. He has a keen interest in research and has accepted several scholarships, grants and prizes for his published work, including several “Best Paper” awards. Dr McLean’s practice has evolved to include the development of new methods of diagnosis and treatment. He continues to contribute to research and teaching through his clinical appointment at the University of Adelaide.

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He has a particular interest in arthroscopic (key-hole) surgery, joint replacement surgery, and microsurgery. He has advanced sub-specialty training in shoulder and upper limb surgery and renders comprehensive patient care for problems of the shoulder, elbow, wrist & hand.

Some common shoulder surgeries that Dr McLean performs:

  • All-arthroscopic, minimally-invasive rotator cuff repairs, stabilisations, labral tears, impingement and biceps surgery
  • Muscle-preserving approaches for total shoulder replacements and reverse total shoulder replacements
  • Revision shoulder replacement surgery
  • Bone transfer and structural bone grafting surgery for major instability
  • Tendon transfers and reconstructive surgery for “irreparable” shoulder disorders
  • All fractures (broken bones) around the humerus, scapula, glenoid and clavicle bones

Some common elbow surgeries that Dr McLean performs:

  • Arthroscopic, minimally-invasive surgery
  • Total elbow replacement surgery
  • Revision elbow replacement surgery
  • Ligament reconstruction surgery
  • Chronic elbow stiffness surgery
  • All fractures (broken bones) around the elbow

Some common wrist surgeries that Dr McLean performs:

  • Endoscopic, minimally-invasive carpal tunnel release
  • Wrist arthroscopy (key-hole) surgery
  • Distal radius fracture management (broken radius bone)
  • Reconstructive and revision surgery
  • Partial and complete wrist fusions / arthrodesis
  • All fractures (broken bones) around the wrist

Some common hand surgeries that Dr McLean performs:

  • Thumb joint arthritis surgery including reconstructions
  • Trigger finger releases
  • Finger & hand injury management – including lacerations (cuts) and fractures (broken bones)
  • Dupuytren’s disease surgery
  • Workcover hand injuries
  • Releasing nerve compressions (including carpal tunnel release surgery)

DARWIN Consultations monthly on Tuesdays

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  • Darwin Private Hospital
  • The Memorial Hospital, Adelaide
  • Flinders Private Hospital, Adelaide
  • Central Districts Hospital, Adelaide

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Darwin Private Hospital
Ground Floor
Rocklands Drive
Tiwi NT 0810

Monday – Friday
8:30 am – 5:00 pm

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