Knee surgery is one of the most common types of orthopaedic surgery performed at North Downs hospital in Surrey.
There are many joints around your body, all of different types and movement variations. The largest, most complex joint in the body is the knee – meaning it is of upmost importance to take care and maintain healthy knees. They are a very common joint to injure, whether through sport or any other activity that causes strain to the knee.
At North Downs, we treat many knee joint disorders. It may be that non-surgical treatments have been tried and have not improved the condition of the joint and the only suggestion is to then have a surgical procedure.
North Downs Hospital offer the following knee surgeries
Knee replacement surgery (athroplasty)
Pains in your knee can be very uncomfortable and can limit you on what activities you are able to do, even day-to-day tasks such as walking upstairs can be a struggle. For problems such as arthritis, knee replacement (athroplasty) is often the most suitable treatment.
There are two types of surgery – total knee replacement and partial knee replacement – each option will be discussed in depth to determine the most suitable option.
Knee Ligament Reconstruction (Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction)
Spraining or tearing your ACL is one of the most common knee injuries and often requires reconstructive surgery.
The ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) is a strong ligament running diagonally through the knee that joins the thighbone to the shinbone. ACL reconstruction is the procedure of replacing/rebuilding the ACL and stabilising the injured knee.
Commonly referred to as keyhole surgery, knee arthroscopy allows your surgeon to view inside your knee joint using an arthroscope (small camera) to make a diagnostic and move on to the treat whatever the problem may be.
Treatment of your knee joint can often be done during the keyhole surgery (for example tissue repair).
Dislocating your kneecap (patella) can be a very painful experience and can leave you feeling sore and unable to continue day-to-day tasks without feeling pain in your knee. Your kneecap should usually rest in a ‘V’ shaped groove in the thighbone, which allows movement in the joint.
Dislocation commonly occurs due to a small abnormality in the joint meaning the groove cannot effectively hold the kneecap in place. Knee dislocation can also happen with direct shock to the knee.
Patella instability may only require non-surgical treatments such as physiotherapy, however surgery may be worth considering if dislocation occurs again to help restore stability in the knee.
Whether you have injured your knee through sport, have arthritis or find any other problems in your knee joint then speak to our experienced surgeons who can give you specialist advice and recommend the most suitable treatment for each individual patient.
We are very proud to be working alongside some excellent orthopaedic consultants who are highly respected in their speciality and come highly recommended by previous patients. All of our consultants go through regular validation to ensure that they work to the highest possible standards and remain up to date with current practice.