Dr. Simon Zilko
MBBS, FRACS (Ortho), FAOrthA

Dr Simon Zilko is a locally and internationally trained consultant orthopaedic surgeon who specialises in all disorders of the foot and ankle.

Born and raised in Perth, Simon studied medicine and surgery at the University of Western Australia, graduating in 2005. He subsequently undertook his orthopaedic surgery training in Perth, and was awarded Fellowship of both the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and the Australian Orthopaedic Association (FAOrthA) in 2015.

Subspecialty Training

After receiving his FRACS, he moved overseas with his family for 18 months to undertake further sub-specialist training in foot and ankle surgery in both North America and Europe. He was selected for the prestigious University of Toronto Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Surgery Fellowship in Canada, and completed further training with leading foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons in Charlotte and Chicago, USA; Vancouver, Canada; Amsterdam, Netherlands; and London, UK.

Simon has experience with all aspects of foot and ankle orthopaedic surgery, including total ankle joint replacement, ankle and foot fusions, lower limb deformity correction, sports injuries, lower limb trauma, ankle and hindfoot key-hole (arthroscopy) and minimally invasive surgery, and forefoot reconstruction (including bunion and claw toe correction). He also performs arthroscopic knee surgery.

Public & Private Practice

Simon is committed to the public health system, and is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Fremantle, Rockingham and Armadale Hospitals. He consults privately at Wexford Medical Centre at Murdoch St John of God, and operates at Murdoch and Bethesda Hospitals.

No Gap Provider

As a medical doctor, all consultation, hospital and surgical services Simon offers are eligible for Medicare and private health fund rebates (with GP referral). He is also a NO GAP provider for all major health funds. (Note that not all people performing foot & ankle surgery have completed medical school and undergone at least five years of further specialist orthopaedic training).

Family

Simon and his wife Nicole have a very energetic three-year old son, Baxter. He enjoys running and cycling to stay fit, and has been known to compete in the odd marathon or Half Ironman triathlon. In his spare time, he loves nothing more than playing with Baxter and the family dog Raphy, and enjoys travel, wine and a nice meal out.


Qualifications and Fellowship Training

Tertiary Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) – University of Western Australia

Postgraduate Qualifications

  • Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS in Orthopaedics)
  • Fellowship of the Australian Orthopaedic Association (FAOrthA)

Subspecialty Fellowship Training

  • University of Toronto Foot and Ankle Clinical Fellowship; Toronto, Canada

Mini-Fellowships

  • OrthoCarolina Foot & Ankle Institute; Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Illinois Bone & Joint Institute; Chicago, Illinois
  • St Paul’s Hospital; Vancouver, Canada
  • Academic Medical Centre; Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Fortius Clinic Foot & Ankle Unit; London, United Kingdom

Services

Simon offers a comprehensive foot and ankle orthopaedic service. Common areas of patient care include:

Ankle and Hindfoot

  • Total ankle joint replacement (primary and revision)
  • Arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgery for a variety of joint problems including sports injuries, cartilage damage, bone impingement and arthritis
  • Arthroscopic ankle and subtalar joint fusion
  • Ankle ligament stabilisation and tendon repair/reconstruction
  • Hindfoot arthritis and deformity correction
  • Achilles tendon repair, reconstruction, or lengthening
  • Plantar fascia release

Forefoot

  • Bunion (hallux valgus) correction, including minimally invasive
  • Claw/hammer toe correction
  • Rheumatoid/inflammatory arthritis reconstruction
  • 1st MTP (big toe) joint fusion and joint replacement

Midfoot

  • Midfoot reconstructions and fusions

Flatfoot and high-arched foot reconstruction

Neurological

  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome and nerve entrapment surgery
  • Diabetic foot and Charcot arthropathy reconstruction
  • Complex deformity reconstruction for neurological disorders like Charcot-Marie-Tooth, Polio etc.

Trauma

  • Management of all foot and ankle trauma, including fixation of fractures of the ankle, tibial plafond, calcaneum, talus, navicular, Lisfranc complex, metatarsals and toes.

Public Hospital Appointments

  • Fremantle Hospital & Health Service
  • Rockingham General Hospital
  • Armadale Kelmscott Memorial Hospital

Private Hospital Visiting Rights

  • St John of God Hospital, Murdoch
  • Bethesda Hospital, Claremont