The knee joint is one of the strongest and most important joints in your body. It allows movement and provides support. Knee injuries and conditions are commonplace, can cause acute pain and are often the result of sports injuries or wear and tear due to osteoarthritis.
Here at Winfield Hospital we provide a rapid and efficient service for the diagnosis, treatment and aftercare of your knee condition. Our specialist knee surgeons together with an experienced multi-disciplinary team will provide you with the very best knee care. We have full diagnostic facilities together with first class rehabilitation services.
We perform a range of knee surgeries including: knee arthroscopy, ACL reconstruction and knee replacement surgery.
The range of knee surgeries we offer
Knee arthroscopy is a minimally invasive technique that allows your orthopaedic knee surgeon to look inside your knee joint and find out more about your knee pain and, if necessary, remove or repair any problem areas.
Small incisions are made in your skin around the knee to allow the insertion of a thin metal tube with a camera and light source, called an arthroscope, into your knee joint. Images are sent from the arthroscope to a monitor or an eyepiece so that your knee specialist can see inside your knee joint. If treatment is required medical instruments will be inserted to wash out any loose material that may get caught in your joint caused by wear of the joint surfaces or to trim or repair torn cartilage and ligaments.
A torn meniscus is a tear to the semi-circular cartilage, called the meniscus, in your knee joint. Your meniscus acts as a shock absorber between your thigh and shin bones.
A meniscal tear is a common injury and causes pain on the inside of your knee. It occurs when you suddenly twist your knee and is often injured through direct impact in contact sports. People with degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis are also susceptible to tearing their meniscus.
Minor tears may heal on their own without treatment or using conservative techniques such as rest, ice and medication. Other tears may require surgical repair depending upon their type, size and location. Your knee surgeon will discuss with you the best treatment options for your meniscal tear.
Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction
The ACL is one of four major knee ligaments that joins the thigh and shin bones together at your knee joint. The ACL is critical to knee stability.
ACL injuries are the most common type of knee injury. People who tear their ACL often complain of symptoms of their knee giving-out from under them. Your ACL is often torn when you slow down very quickly whilst turning or sidestepping or if you have a collision. It’s often associated with sport participation such as football, rugby, basketball, netball and skiing.
ACL reconstruction or knee ligament reconstruction helps improve the stability and function of your knee joint. During the procedure your knee surgeon will replace your torn ACL with a graft from another part of your knee or from a donor. Knee surgery will be recommended if your ACL is badly damaged and it’s affecting your quality of life.
Knee replacement surgery
Knee replacement surgery is also known as knee arthroplasty. As the name suggests this surgery involves removing your damaged, worn or diseased knee joint and replacing it with a prosthetic one.
Knee replacement surgery is performed when your knee joint is painful even when resting. It’s often used to treat osteoporosis.
There are two types of knee replacement: total or partial knee replacement. A total knee replacement (TKR) will replace all the compartments of your knee joint. A partial knee replacement (PKR) or uni-compartmental knee replacement, will replace the ends of the bones on one side of your knee only and is recommended if the damage to your knee is only on one side.
Surgery should alleviate your knee pain and improve your mobility.
The following Consultants specialise in knee surgery at Winfield Hospital