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DSM staff profile

Professor Jean-Claude Theis

PositionProfessor and Convenor of Musculoskeletal and Emergency Management Module
DepartmentDepartment of Surgical Sciences (DSM)
QualificationsMD(Nancy) MChOrth(Liv) FRCSEd FRACS
Research summaryOrthopaedic surgery and joint replacement, spinal and paediatric surgery
Teaching
  • Early Learning in Medicine (ELM) 3
  • Advanced Learning in Medicine (ALM) 5
  • Trainee Interns
  • Orthopaedic Trainees
Clinical
  • General orthopaedic surgery
  • Paediatric orthopaedic surgery
  • Orthopaedic trauma

Research

  • Ultrasound imaging of neonatal hip abnormalities
  • Epidemiology of screening for developmental dysplasia of the hip
  • Necrotising soft tissue infections in orthopaedics
  • Osteointegration of hydroxyapatite coated joint implants
  • Clinical audit
  • Prioritisation of elective surgery
  • Fat embolism
  • Non-operative management of low back pain and osteoarthritis

Contact Professor Theis

For all enquiries, please contact Aroha Meikle in the first instance:

Tel 64 3 470 9402
Email aroha.meikle@otago.ac.nz

Publications

Kaur, M., Ribeiro, D. C., Theis, J.-C., Webster, K. E., & Sole, G. (2016). Movement patterns of the knee during gait following ACL reconstruction: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Sports Medicine, 46(12), 1869-1895. doi: 10.1007/s40279-016-0510-4

Hider, P., Frampton, C., Theis, J.-C., Wilson, L., & Rothwell, A. (2016). Perioperative mortality in New Zealand related to hip and knee replacement surgery: Comparing administrative and registry data. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1432), 33-40. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Melloh, M., Elfering, A., Käser, A., Rolli Salathé, C., Barz, T., Zweig, T., … Theis, J.-C. (2015). What is the best time point to identify patients at risk of developing persistent low back pain? Journal of Back & Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 28(2), 267-276. doi: 10.3233/bmr-140514

Wyatt, M. C., Wright, T., Locker, J., Stout, K., Chapple, C., & Theis, J. C. (2015). Femoral nerve infusion after primary total knee arthroplasty: A prospective, double-blind, randomised and placebo-controlled trial. Bone & Joint Research, 4(2), 11-16. doi: 10.1302/2046-3758.42.2000329

Davis, G., Theis, J.-C., Jepegnanam, T., McNaughton, A., & Walton, M. (2014). Sildenafil attenuates pulmonary hypertension following fat embolism in an anaesthetised rat model. International Journal of Anesthesiology & Research, 2, 302.

Chapter in Book - Research

Theis, J.-C., & Joseph, B. (2000). Spectrum of orthopedic diseases in the tropics. In G. T. Strickland (Ed.), Hunter's Tropical Medicine and Emerging Infectious Diseases. 8th Edition. (pp. 117-124). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: W.B. Saunders.

Theis, J.-C., & Joseph, B. (1998). Orthopaedics - clinical practice in the tropics. In Hunter's Tropical Medicine, 8th edition. Philadelphia: Saunders.

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Journal - Research Article

Kaur, M., Ribeiro, D. C., Theis, J.-C., Webster, K. E., & Sole, G. (2016). Movement patterns of the knee during gait following ACL reconstruction: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Sports Medicine, 46(12), 1869-1895. doi: 10.1007/s40279-016-0510-4

Hider, P., Frampton, C., Theis, J.-C., Wilson, L., & Rothwell, A. (2016). Perioperative mortality in New Zealand related to hip and knee replacement surgery: Comparing administrative and registry data. New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1432), 33-40. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Melloh, M., Elfering, A., Käser, A., Rolli Salathé, C., Barz, T., Zweig, T., … Theis, J.-C. (2015). What is the best time point to identify patients at risk of developing persistent low back pain? Journal of Back & Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 28(2), 267-276. doi: 10.3233/bmr-140514

Wyatt, M. C., Wright, T., Locker, J., Stout, K., Chapple, C., & Theis, J. C. (2015). Femoral nerve infusion after primary total knee arthroplasty: A prospective, double-blind, randomised and placebo-controlled trial. Bone & Joint Research, 4(2), 11-16. doi: 10.1302/2046-3758.42.2000329

Davis, G., Theis, J.-C., Jepegnanam, T., McNaughton, A., & Walton, M. (2014). Sildenafil attenuates pulmonary hypertension following fat embolism in an anaesthetised rat model. International Journal of Anesthesiology & Research, 2, 302.

Kieser, D. C., Riddell, R., Kieser, J. A., Theis, J.-C., & Swain, M. V. (2014). Bone micro-fracture observations from direct impact of slow velocity projectiles. Journal of Archives in Military Medicine, 2(1), E15614. doi: 10.5812/jamm.15614

Kieser, D. C., Kanade, S., Waddell, J. N., Kieser, J. A., Theis, J.-C., & Swain, M. V. (2014). The deer femur: A morphological and biomechanical animal model of the human femur. Bio-Medical Materials & Engineering, 24(4), 1693-1703. doi: 10.3233/bme-140981

Melloh, M., Elfering, A., Stanton, T. R., Barz, T., Aghayev, E., Röder, C., & Theis, J.-C. (2014). Low back pain risk factors associated with persistence, recurrence and delayed presentation. Journal of Back & Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, 27(3), 281-289. doi: 10.3233/BMR-130445

Kieser, D. C., Carr, D. J., Leclair, S. C. J., Horsfall, I., Theis, J. C., Swain, M. V., & Kieser, J. A. (2013). Gunshot induced indirect femoral fracture: Mechanism of injury and fracture morphology. Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps, 159, 294-299. doi: 10.1136/jramc-2013-000075

Kieser, D. C., Carr, D. J., Leclair, S. C. J., Horsfall, I., Theis, J.-C., Swain, M. V., & Kieser, J. A. (2013). Clothing increases the risk of indirect ballistic fractures. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Research, 8(1), 42. doi: 10.1186/1749-799X-8-42

Melloh, M., Salathé, C. R., Elfering, A., Käser, A., Barz, T., Aghayev, E., … Theis, J. C. (2013). Occupational, personal and psychosocial resources for preventing persistent low back pain. International Journal of Occupational Safety & Ergonomics, 19(1), 29-40.

Melloh, M., Elfering, A., Stanton, T. R., Käser, A., Salathé, C. R., Barz, T., … Theis, J.-C. (2013). Who is likely to develop persistent low back pain? A longitudinal analysis of prognostic occupational factors. Work, 46(3), 297-311. doi: 10.3233/WOR-131672

Abbott, J. H., Robertson, M. C., Chapple, C., Pinto, D., Wright, A. A., Leon de la Barra, S., Baxter, G. D., Theis, J.-C., Campbell, A. J., on behalf of the MOA Trial Team. (2013). Manual therapy, exercise therapy, or both, in addition to usual care, for osteoarthritis of the hip or knee: A randomized controlled trial. 1: Clinical effectiveness. Osteoarthritis & Cartilage, 21(4), 525-534. doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2012.12.014

Kieser, D. C., Carr, D. J., Leclair, S. C. J., Horsfall, I., Theis, J.-C., Swain, M. V., & Kieser, J. A. (2013). Remote ballistic fractures in a gelatine model: Aetiology and surgical implications. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Research, 8, 15. doi: 10.1186/1749-799x-8-15

Melloh, M., Elfering, A., Käser, A., Rolli Salathé, C., Barz, T., Aghayev, E., … Theis, J.-C. (2013). Depression impacts the course of recovery in patients with acute low-back pain. Behavioral Medicine, 39(3), 80-89. doi: 10.1080/08964289.2013.779566

Hughes, K. A., Cornwall, J., Theis, J.-C., & Brooks, H. J. L. (2013). Bacterial contamination of unused, disposable non-sterile gloves on a hospital orthopaedic ward. Australasian Medical Journal, 6(6), 331-338. doi: 10.4066/AMJ.2013.1675

Kieser, D. C., Carr, D. J., Girvan, L., Leclair, S. C. J., Horsfall, I., Theis, J. C., Swain, M. V., & Kieser, J. A. (2013). Identifying the source of bullet wipe: A randomised blind trial. International Journal of Legal Medicine, 127(5), 951-955. doi: 10.1007/s00414-013-0874-z

Melloh, M., Elfering, A., Chapple, C. M., Käser, A., Rolli Salathé, C., Barz, T., … Theis, J.-C. (2013). Prognostic occupational factors for persistent low back pain in primary care. International Archives of Occupational & Environmental Health, 86(3), 261-269. doi: 10.1007/s00420-012-0761-9

Melloh, M., Elfering, A., Salathé, C. R., Käser, A., Barz, T., Röder, C., & Theis, J.-C. (2012). Predictors of sickness absence in patients with a new episode of low back pain in primary care. Industrial Health, 50(4), 288-298. doi: 10.2486/indhealth.MS1335

Taylor, F., Sims, M., Theis, J.-C., & Herbison, G. P. (2012). Interventions for treating acute elbow dislocations in adults (Review). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 4, CD007908. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD007908.pub2

Melloh, M., Theis, J.-C., & Beneke, R. (2012). Variability of blood lactate during and between given constant prolonged cycling power. Journal of Sports Medicine & Physical Fitness, 52(6), 575-582.

Wainwright, C., Theis, J.-C., Garneti, N., & Melloh, M. (2011). Age at hip or knee joint replacement surgery predicts likelihood of revision surgery. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (Br), 93-B(10), 1411-1415. doi: 10.1302/0301-620x.93b10.27100

Melloh, M., Elfering, A., Egli Presland, C., Röder, C., Hendrick, P., Darlow, B., & Theis, J.-C. (2011). Predicting the transition from acute to persistent low back pain. Occupational Medicine, 61(2), 127-131. doi: 10.1093/occmed/kqq194

Patton, A., Bourne, J., & Theis, J.-C. (2010). Patterns of lower limb fractures sustained during snowsports in Otago, New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 123(1316). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/123-1316/4160/content.pdf

Barz, T., Melloh, M., Staub, L., Lord, S. J., Lange, J., Röder, C., Theis, J.-C., & Merk, H. R. (2010). Nerve root sedimentation sign: Evaluation of a new radiological sign in lumbar spinal stenosis. Spine, 35(8), 892-897. doi: 10.1097/BRS.0b013e3181c7cf4b

Pennington, J., Quinlan, J., Doyle, T., Bayan, A., & Theis, J.-C. (2010). Results of porous-coated anatomic and duracon total knee arthroplasty. Journal of Knee Surgery, 23(4), 181-186. doi: 10.1055/s-0030-1268693

Abbott, J. H., Robertson, M. C., McKenzie, J. E., Baxter, G. D., Theis, J.-C., Campbell, A. J., and the MOA Trial Team. (2009). Exercise therapy, manual therapy, or both, for osteoarthritis of the hip or knee: A factorial randomised controlled trial protocol. Trials, 10(11). doi: 10.1186/1745-6215-10-11

Theis, J.-C., Louahem, D., & Dimeglio, A. (2009). Total posterior condylar separation in a juvenile knee: Open fixation through a posterior arthrotomy. Archives of Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgery, 129(2), 221-224. doi: 10.1007/s00402-008-0788-2

Fransen, M., Neal, B., Cameron, I. D., Crawford, R., Tregonning, G., Winstanley, J., … on behalf of the HIPAID Collaborative Group, including Rothwell, A., & Theis, J.-C. (2009). Determinants of heterotopic ossification after total hip replacement surgery. Hip International, 19(1), 41-46.

Yoga, R., Theis, J.-C., Walton, M., & Sutherland, W. (2009). Interleukin-6 as an early marker for fat embolism. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Research, 4. doi: 10.1186/1749-799X-4-18

Melloh, M., Elfering, A., Egli Presland, C., Roeder, C., Barz, T., Rolli Salathé, C., … Theis, J. C. (2009). Identification of prognostic factors for chronicity in patients with low back pain: A review of screening instruments. International Orthopaedics, 33(2), 301-313. doi: 10.1007/s00264-008-0707-8

Tong, D., & Theis, J.-C. (2008). Antibiotic prophylaxis and invasive dental treatment in prosthetic joint patients. New Zealand Medical Journal, 121(1280). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/121-1280/3212/content.pdf

Melloh, M., Staub, L., Aghayev, E., Zweig, T., Barz, T., Theis, J.-C., … Roeder, C. (2008). The international spine registry SPINE TANGO: Status quo and first results. European Spine Journal, 17, 1201-1209. doi: 10.1007/s00586-008-0665-2

Melloh, M., Röder, C., Elfering, A., Theis, J.-C., Müller, U., Staub, L. P., … Zwahlen, M. (2008). Differences across health care systems in outcome and cost-utility of surgical and conservative treatment of chronic low back pain: A study protocol. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 9, 81. doi: 10.1186/1471-2474-9-81

Melloh, M., Aebli, N., Elfering, A., Röder, C., Zweig, T., Barz, T., Herbison, P., Hendrick, P., Bajracharya, S., Stout, K., & Theis, J.-C. (2008). Development of a screening tool predicting the transition from acute to chronic low back pain for patients in a GP setting: Protocol of a multinational prospective cohort study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 9, 167. doi: 10.1186/1471-2474-9-167

Barz, T., Melloh, M., Staub, L., Roeder, C., Lange, J., Smiszek, F.-G., Theis, J.-C., & Merk, H. R. (2008). The diagnostic value of a treadmill test in predicting lumbar spinal stenosis. European Spine Journal, 17, 686-690. doi: 10.1007/s00586-008-0593-1

Theis, J.-C. (2008). Implant retention in infected joint replacements: A surgeon's perspective. International Journal of Artificial Organs, 31(9), 804-809.

Leigh, W., O'Grady, P., Lawson, E. M., Hung, N. A., Theis, J.-C., & Matheson, J. (2008). Pelvic pseudotumor: An unusual presentation of an extra-articular granuloma in a well-fixed total hip arthroplasty. Journal of Arthroplasty, 23(6), 934-938. doi: 10.1016/j.arth.2007.08.003

Theis, J.-C., White, J., & Gambhir, S. (2007). Factors affecting implant retention in infected joint replacements. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 77, 877-879.

Chiew, Y.-F., & Theis, J.-C. (2007). Comparison of infection rate using different methods of assessment for surveillance of total hip replacement surgical site infections. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 77, 535-539.

Gwynne Jones, D. P., Locke, C., Pennington, J., & Theis, J.-C. (2006). The effect of sagittal laxity on function after posterior cruciate-retaining total knee arthroplasty. Journal of Arthroplasty, 21(5), 719-723.

Gwynne Jones, D. P., Dunbar, J. D., & Theis, J.-C. (2006). Late presenting dislocation of sonographically stable hips. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B, 15, 257-261.

Vane, A. G. S., Gwynne Jones, D. P., Dunbar, J. D., & Theis, J.-C. (2005). The diagnosis and management of neonatal hip instability: Results of a clinical and targeted ultrasound screening program. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, 25(3), 292-295.

Gwynne-Jones, D. P., Theis, J. C., Jeffery, A. K., & Hung, N. A. (2005). Long-term follow-up of a recurrent multifocal desmoid tumour treated with tamoxifen: A case report. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery, 13(2), 174-177.

Aebli, N., Stich, H., Schawalder, P., Theis, J.-C., & Krebs, J. (2005). Effects of bone morphogenetic protein-2 and hyaluronic acid on the osseointegration of hydroxyapatite-coated implants: An experimental study in sheep. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A, 73A(3), 295-302. doi: 10.1002/jbm.a.30299

Doughty, C., MacCormick, A., Roake, J., Fraser, J., Hider, P., Kirk, R., … van Rij, A., & Theis, J.-C. (2005). Prioritisation of elective surgery in New Zealand: The reliability study. New Zealand Medical Journal, 118(1219). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/118-1219/1590/content.pdf

Aebli, N., Schwenke, D., Davis, G., Hii, T., Theis, J.-C., & Krebs, J. (2005). Polymethylmethacrylate causes prolonged pulmonary hypertension during fat embolism. Acta Orthopaedica, 76(6), 904-911.

Donald, S., Chalmers, D., & Theis, J.-C. (2005). Are snowboarders more likely to damage their spines than skiers? Lessons learned from a study of spinal injuries from the Otago skifields in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 118(1217). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/118-1217/1530/content.pdf

Pai, V. S., Gwynne-Jones, D. P., & Theis, J. C. (2005). Femoral elastic nailing in the older child: Proceed with caution. Injury Extra, 36, 185-189.

Theis, J.-C. (2004). Clinical priority criteria in orthopaedics: A validation study using the SF36 quality of life questionnaire. Health Services Management Research, 17, 59-61.

Theis, J.-C., & Beadel, G. (2003). Changes in proximal femoral bone mineral density around a hydroxyapatite-coated hip joint arthroplasty. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery, 11(1), 48-52.

Aebli, N., Krebs, J., Schwenke, D., Stich, H., Schawalder, P., & Theis, J.-C. (2003). Degradation of hydroxyapatite coating on a well-functioning femoral component. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (Br), 85-B(4), 499-503.

Theis, J.-C., & Vane, A. (2003). The role of ultrasound in developmental dysplasia of the hip. Indian Journal of Orthopaedics, 37, 215-222.

Aebli, N., Krebs, J., Stich, H., Schawalder, P., Walton, M. H., Schwenke, D. O., … Theis, J.-C. (2003). In vivo comparison of the osseointegration of vacuum plasma sprayed titanium- and hydroxyapatite-coated implants. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part A, 66A(2), 356-363.

Aebli, N., Krebs, J., Schwenke, D. O., Davis, G., & Theis, J.-C. (2003). Cardiovascular changes during multiple vertebroplasty with and without vent-hole: An experimental study in sheep. Spine, 28(14), 1504-1512.

Aebli, N., Krebs, J., Schwenke, D. O., Davis, G., & Theis, J.-C. (2003). Pressurization of vertebral bodies during vertebroplasty causes cardiovascular complications. Spine, 28(14), 1513-1520.

Theis, J.-C., & Ball, C. (2003). Medium-term results of cementless hydroxyapatite-coated primary total hip arthroplasty: A clinical and radiological review. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery, 11(2), 159-165.

Aebli, N., Krebs, J., Davis, G., Walton, M. H., Williams, M. J. A., & Theis, J.-C. (2002). Fat embolism and acute hypotension during vertebroplasty: An experimental study in sheep. Spine, 27(5), 460-466.

Theis, J.-C., & Beadel, G. (2002). Changes in proximal femoral bone mineral density around a hydroxyapatite coated total hip joint prosthesis. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery, 84-B((Suppl. III)), 255.

Theis, J.-C., Rietveld, J., & Danesh-Clough, T. (2002). Severe necrotising soft tissue infections in orthopaedic surgery. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery, 10(2), 108-113.

Danesh-Clough, T., Theis, J.-C., & van der Linden, A. J. (2000). Mycobacterium xenopi infection of the spine: A case report and literature review. Spine, 25(5), 626-628.

Theis, J.-C., Simpson, H., & Kenwright, J. (2000). Correction of complex lower limb deformities by the Ilizarov technique: An audit of complications. Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery, 8(1), 67-71.

Gwynne-Jones, D. P., & Theis, J.-C. (1997). Acute compartment syndrome secondary to closed muscle rupture. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Surgery, 67, 227-228.

Theis, J.-C. (1997). The Otago audit system. Lessons learned from over 19,000 audited orthopaedic admissions. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (Br), 79-B, 401.

Gwynne Jones, D. P., & Theis, J.-C. (1997). Acute compartment syndrome due to closed muscle rupture. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Surgery, 67(4), 227-228.

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Journal - Research Other

English, J., & Theis, J.-C. (2012). Thigh pain: An unusual presentation of ruptured appendicitis. New Zealand Medical Journal, 125(1364). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/125-1364/5399/content.pdf

Theis, J.-C. (2011). Musculoskeletal undergraduate curriculum: What is required? [Editorial]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 124(1335). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/124-1335/4676/content.pdf

Melloh, M., Röder, C., Staub, L. P., Zweig, T., Barz, T., Theis, J.-C., & Müller, U. (2011). Randomized-controlled trials for surgical implants: Are registries an alternative? [Guest editorial]. Orthopedics, 34(3), 161-163. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20110124-03

Kieser, D. C., Theis, J. C., & van Rij, A. M. (2011). A combined approach to the excision of sciatic notch dumb-bell tumours. ANZ Journal of Surgery, 81(9), 650. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-2197.2011.05836.x

Taylor, F., Sims, M., Theis, J.-C., & Herbison, G. P. (2009). Interventions for treating acute elbow dislocations in adults (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 3, CD007908. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD007908

Theis, J.-C. (2006). Hip fractures: A deadly and silent epidemic [Editorial]. New Zealand Medical Journal, 119(1234). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/119-1234/1981/content.pdf

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