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Dr Mario Penta

MBBS, MS, FRACS, FAOA
Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr Mario Penta
Dr Mario Penta

Dr Mario Penta is an Orthopaedic Surgeon with a particular interest in knee surgery, sports injuries and joint replacement surgery. Placing great importance on providing care from locations that are convenient to his patients, Dr Penta practises privately at various locations across metropolitan Adelaide, and as far out as Murray Bridge.

He consults from North Adelaide, Ashford and Murray Bridge, and operates at Memorial, Ashford, Flinders Private and Murray Bridge Soldiers’ Memorial hospitals, as well as Noarlunga Health Services. He also holds public appointments as a Visiting Orthopaedic Surgeon and Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma at Flinders Medical Centre.

After completing his basic medical training at the University of Adelaide in 1986, Dr Penta entered the Family Medicine Program, working as a GeneralPractitioner for two years before embarking on a career in orthopaedic surgery. He returned to study and was awarded the higher degree of Master of Surgery in 1996, and obtained a Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1997. Dr Penta then travelled extensively in 1998, visiting centres of orthopaedic excellence in the UK, Sweden, Germany and Italy before commencing private practice. He is a Fellow of both the Royal Australian College of Surgeons and the Australian Orthopaedic Association, applying best practice by accessing and contributing to resources of these organisations.

Specialising in

  • Knee surgery
  • Joint replacement
  • Sports injury

Consulting from

  • North Adelaide
  • Ashford
  • Murray Bridge

 

  • Tel Tel: (08) 8267 8266
  • EmailEmail: [javascript protected email address]

Curriculum Vitae

Qualifications

  • MBBS, University of Adelaide 1986
  • MS, University of Adelaide, 1996
  • FRACS in Orthopaedic Surgery, Adelaide, 1998
  • FAOA 2002

Education/ Medical Training

  • 1976-80
    Murray Bridge High School,
    Murray Bridge,
    South Australia
  • 1981-86
    Medical School,
    University of Adelaide,
    South Australia
  • 1987
    Internship,
    Royal Adelaide Hospital,
    South Australia
  • 1988
    FMP,
    Royal Adelaide Hospital,
    South Australia
  • 1989-90
    Surgical Training,
    Royal Adelaide Hospital,
    South Australia
  • 1991
    Orthopaedic Service Registrar,
    Royal Adelaide Hospital,
    South Australia
  • 1992
    Surgical Registrar,
    Flinders Medical Centre,
    South Australia
  • Feb 1993-Feb 1994
    Spinal Research Fellow,
    Royal Adelaide Hospital,
    South Australia
  • 1994
    Orthopaedic Registrar in Training,
    Royal Adelaide Hospital,
    South Australia
  • 1995 (Feb-Jul)
    Orthopaedic Registrar in Training,
    Flinders Medical Centre,
    South Australia
  • 1995 (Aug-Jan)
    Orthopaedic Registrar in Training,
    Women and Children’s Hospital,
    South Australia
  • 1996 (Feb-Jul)
    Orthopaedic Registrar in Training,
    Modbury Hospital,
    South Australia
  • 1996 (Aug-Jan)
    Orthopaedic Registrar in Training,
    Queen Elizabeth Hospital,
    South Australia
  • 1997 (Feb-Jul)
    Orthopaedic Registrar in Training,
    Flinders Medical Centre,
    South Australia
  • 1997 (Aug-Jan)
    Orthopaedic Registrar in Training,
    Royal Adelaide Hospital,
    South Australia
  • 1998-Present
    Private Orthopaedic Surgical Practice,
    Orthopaedics SA, North Adelaide

Appointments

  • 1993-97
    Clinical Tutor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Trauma,
    Faculty of Medicine,
    University of Adelaide
  • 1995-97
    Clinical Associate Lecturer, School of Medicine,
    Faculty of Health Sciences,
    The Flinders University of South Australia
  • 1998-2002
    Visiting Medical Specialist,
    Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • 1998-Current
    Visiting Medical Specialist,
    Flinders Medical Centre
    Repatriation General Hospital
    Noarlunga Health Services

Other Employment

  • 1988-89
    General Practice,
    Morphettville Medical Centre,
    Glenelg East, South Australia
  • 1988-90
    Visiting Medical Officer,
    Lyell-McEwin Health Service,
    Elizabeth Value, South Australia
    General Practice,
    Morphettville Medical Centre
    South Australia

Research

  • “Smooth Muscle Tumours of the Gastrointestinal Tract”
    M. Penta, P. Devitt, Department of Surgery, Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • “Primary Duodenal Neoplasms – The Royal Adelaide Hospital Experience”
    M. Penta, P. Devitt, Department of Surgery, Royal Adelaide Hospital
    – A review of cases treated at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, 1982-90, and review of the literature
  • “Radial Nerve Palsy in Humeral Shaft Fracture – Is Early Exploration Justified?”
    M. Penta, M. Sandow, Department of Orthopaedics, Royal Adelaide Hospital
    – A review of cases treated at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, 1983-90, and review of the literature
  • “Treatment of Humeral Shaft Fractures – R.A.H. 1983-1990”
    M. Penta, M. Sandow, Department of Orthopaedics, Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • “M.R.I. Assessment of Disc Degeneration Ten Years After Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion”
    M. Penta, R. Fraser, A. Sandhu, Spinal Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • “Allograft Intervertebral Disc Transplantation In The Sheep”
    M. Penta, R. Fraser, R. Moore, Spinal Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital
  • “M.R.I. In Spinal Trauma”
    R. Williams, Royal Cardiff Infirmary
    M. Penta, Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Publications

  • “Magnetic Resonant Imaging Assessment of Disc Degeneration Ten Years after Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion”
    Mario Penta, M.B., B.S., Avninder Sandhu, M.R.C.P., F.R.C.R. and Robert D. Fraser, M.B., B.S., M.D., F.R.A.C.S.
    Spine: Volume 20, No. 6, pp 743-747, 1995
  • “Bilateral Synovitis in Symptomatic Unilateral Transient Synovitis of the Hip”
    Stefan Ehrendorfer, Garry LeQuesne, Mario Penta, Paul Smith and Peter Cundy
    Acta Orthop Scand. 67(2): 149-152, 1996
  • “Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion: A Minimum Ten Year Follow-up”
    Mario Penta, M.B., B.S., Robert D. Fraser, M.B., B.S., M.D., F.R.A.C.S.
    Spine: October 15 Issue, 1997
  • “Allograft Intervertebral Disc Replacement in the Sheep”
    Mario Penta, Robert Fraser, Robert Moore
    Master of Surgery Thesis, 1996

Awards

  • 1996
    Awarded Best Paper by the Federal Training Committee of the Australian Orthopaedic Association.
    Smith and Nephew Richards Medical Award – To present paper to the American Registrars’ Association Annual Meeting in Memphis, USA.
  • 1997
    Second Prize – 15th Annual American Orthopaedic Residents Conference, August 22-23, The Peabody Hotel, Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Paper entitled “MRI Assessment of Disc Degeneration Ten Years after Lumbar Interbody Fusion”.

Memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Fellow of the Australian Orthopaedic Association
  • Member of Sports Medicine Australia
  • Lifemember of the Indian Arthroscopy Society

Consulting/Operating Locations

Consulting Locations

North Adelaide Ashford
Orthopaedics SA
First floor
1 Kermode St.
North Adelaide SA 5006
Orthopaedics SA
Suite 20, Level 4
Ashford Specialist Centre
57 Anzac Hwy.
Ashford SA 5035
Murray Bridge
Bridge Clinic
Standen St.
Murray Bridge SA 5253

Operating Locations

North Adelaide Ashford

The Memorial Hospital
Sir Edwin Smith Ave.
North Adelaide SA 5006

Ashford Hospital
55 Anzac Hwy.
Ashford SA 5025

Bedford Park Murray Bridge

Orthopaedics SA
Flinders Private Hospital
1 Flinders Drive
Bedford Park SA 5042

Murray Bridge Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital
Swanport Rd.
Murray Bridge SA 5253