Orthopaedics is the branch of medicine that focuses on injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system (the body's muscles, skeleton, and related tissues), including the spine, joints, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. The orthopaedic services are supported by Operating Theatres, Physiotherapy and Imaging (X-ray, Ultrasound, CT & MRI) .
Bon Secours Hospital Limerick at Barringtons is pleased to announce the opening a NEW State of the Art Hip & Knee Joint Replacement Theatre, and we are the only Private Health Facility providing this highly specialised service in the Mid West region. We have a top team of specialists available to see you through your surgery and we offer the Highest Standard of Service, Prosthesis (Artificial Joint) and aftercare.
Access to our Services: Please note that a referral letter from a GP will be required for each patient attending the consultant.
Mr Denis Dartee graduated from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam in 1985. He worked in General Surgery and Orthopaedics for four years in Rotterdam and Sittard. Then he started his specialist training in Orthopaedics at the University Hospital of Maastricht.
In 1996 he took up a new position at the Jeroen Bosch in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon. He, together with seven other Orthopaedic Consultants, has been providing General Orthopaedic Services to the ‘s-Hertogenbosch region, however he has a special interest in sports injury, trauma and lower limb Orthopaedics.
In 1998 he started as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Barringtons Hospital, Limerick. Starting as a Day-Care facility, the hospital has now grown and caters for overnight procedures, which makes it possible to extend the range of Orthopaedic services.
Mr Denis Dartee is a member of the Dutch Orthopaedic Association and was Honorary Secretary for the last six years. He is now involved in numerous commissions on Patient Education, Post Graduate training and communication. With a special interest in sports, Mr Denis Dartee is team Doctor of the Den Bosch male and female (Dutch and European Champions) field hockey teams; the Dukes Rugby club and Basketball club the Schoeters.
Mr Breandán Long MB, BCh, BAO, FRCSI, FFSEM
Mr Breandán Long is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon. He graduated in medicine from University College Galway and did his orthopaedic training in Dublin and an arthroscopy fellowship in Birmingham, U.K. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and a Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine.
Mr Breandán Long has considerable experience in treating all complex knee sport injuries. He has pioneered in Ireland the use of the larger 5 strand hamstring tendon graft for ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) tears. He also has considerable experience in redo ACL surgery using bone patellar bone graft and also the Quadriceps tendon graft. He has a particular interest in the rehab of ACL injuries and the use of isokinetic testing.
Repairs of osteochondral lesions using intra articular screws and suturing of meniscal tears can be accomplished arthroscopically.
Mr Long also performs patellar stabilisation surgery for dislocating and subluxating patellas. Tibial tubercle transfers or medial patella femoral ligament reconstruction techniques are used.
Chondral lesions are treated using microfracture techniques followed by a specific rehab programme.
His other area of particular interest is shoulder surgery, where he has specialist expertise in treating rotator cuff tears, impingement syndrome, acromioclavicular joint degeneration and frozen shoulder. These procedures are key hole and are performed using the arthroscope.
Shoulder dislocation, subluxation and labral tears can be treated arthroscopically using fixation devices and in cases that warrant it, the open Latarjet procedure is used.
Mr Long also treats all kinds of tendinopathies, such as tennis elbow, jumper’s knee, De Quervain’s synovitis in the wrist and Achilles tendonitis using a variety of treatments including platelet injections and surgery.
Hand problems like Dupuytren’s contracture, carpal tunnel syndrome and ganglion lesions can be successfully operated on.
Mr Long has a clinic in Bon Secours Hospital Barrington’s Limerick every Monday and is happy to accommodate any urgent case on the day.
Professor Eric Masterson graduated with Honours from University College Dublin in 1984. He served his Internship in the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin. He obtained a BSc in Anatomy in 1986 and Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1988. Thereafter he commenced the Senior Registrar Training Programme in Orthopaedic Surgery.
In 1994 Professor Masterson was awarded a Masters Degree in Surgery and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS Orthopaedics and Traumatology). He subsequently completed a one year Clinical Fellowship in Adult Reconstruction in Vancouver Canada and a six month Clinical Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Oncology in Toronto, Canada.
Professor Masterson returned to Ireland in 1997 and commenced practice as Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon in Croom Orthopaedic Hospital and University Hospital Limerick. He was appointed as Adjunct Professor of Orthopaedic Science in the University of Limerick in 2002.
Professor Masterson is the author of several book chapters and over 60 publications in peer reviewed journals. He is the Irish Representative of the European Hip Society. He has served on the Editorial Boards of national and international medical journals, been Chairman of numerous meetings and mentored Orthopaedic trainees on an ongoing basis over the last 20 years.
Professor Masterson joined Bon Secours Hospital Limerick at Barringtons as Head of the Department of Orthopaedics in January 2018. He had enjoyed a long sojourn from the Bon Secours Group, having first worked for the Bon Secours Sisters in Glasnevin, Dublin in 1986 as a Medical Officer.
He brings with him a wealth of experience pertaining to all aspects of orthopaedic surgery. His main area of clinical interest has been hip and knee arthroplasty surgery. To date Professor Masterson has performed in excess of 8000 major joint replacements.
Introducing our Orthopaedic Surgeon at Bon Secours Hospital Limerick at Barringtons, Mr Joe Sparkes. Born in Belfast, Mr Sparkes moved with his family to Shannon where he was educated at the local St. Patricks Comprehensive School. He was highly involved in sports in the town including Wolfe Tones GAA, St. Senan’s RFC and Newtown FC. He then went on to attend Trinity College Dublin and following his graduation in medicine, he interned at the old Adelaide Meath Hospitals. He went on to train on the Dublin Region Surgical Scheme and subsequently the Orthopaedic Specialist Registrar Scheme.
Following his FRCS and fellowships Mr. Sparkes was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Tallaght Hospital, Dublin in October 2003.
Mr. Sparkes has completed a clinical fellowship in Adult Trauma and Lower Limb Reconstruction (Hip and Knee replacement) at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre / University of Toronto and a fellowship in Adult Spine Surgery at Vancouver General hospital/ University of British Columbia and a research fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer /Weill Medical College/Cornell University New York. He also has an honours degree in Biochemistry from TCD and a diploma in medical management from the IPA/RCSI.
Mr. Sparkes has won several honours during his career including The Meath Hospital Junior and Senior Student Prizes, The Arthur Ball Prize in Surgery (TCD), The University Travelling Scholarship in Surgery (TCD) and he was the inaugural recipient of The Irish-American Breast Cancer Research Fellowship at MSKCC. He is a member of several orthopaedic groups including AAOS, AO Spine, IITOS , and has undergone further training in Medico-Legal Procedures and is a member of the Medicolegal Society of Ireland.
Mr. Sparkes clinical areas of interest include hip and knee arthroplasty, surgical and non-surgical management of neck and back pain including spinal injections and rhizotomy.Surgical treatment includes less invasive and minimally invasive surgery of the spine, joint replacement as well as a wide range of general orthopaedics including knee arthroscopy and soft tissue procedures such as carpal tunnel decompression .