Knee Surgery at Blakelands Hospital
Pain in your knee can be a real inconvenience and can stop you living the life you want to lead. You may struggle to do sports, walk any distance or do normal tasks around the house and garden.
But knee pain does not have to be lived with. Painkillers and physiotherapy may help in some cases, but if you have long-lasting, more severe, pain you may want to consider surgical options.
What can cause knee pain?
The knee is one of the most easily injured joints and common knee injuries that cause pain include:
- Sprains and strains
- Torn ligaments
Some sports that involve a lot of turning carry a particularly high risk of knee injuries, such as football, basketball, netball and skiing.
Find out the answers to more knee frequently asked questions here
At Blakelands Hospital we have a highly experienced and professional team of Orthopaedic Surgeons that can diagnose, treat and manage all types of knee problems. They will perform knee surgery if required which is usually very effective in reducing pain and helping the return of normal functioning of the knee.
Here are the main knee surgeries we perform at Blakelands Hospital:
Arthroscopy is the most commonly performed orthopaedic procedure and allows your surgeon to see inside your knee using a camera inserted through small cuts in the skin into your knee joint.
The small incisions required for an arthroscopy will heal much faster and be less painful than traditional open surgery. Read more about knee arthroscopy surgery.
The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the important ligaments that stabilise the knee joint and if this ligament has been torn or ruptured, the knee can collapse or ‘give way’ when making twisting or turning movements.
ACL injuries are one of the most common types of knee injuries. The ACL is usually torn when you change direction rapidly, you land incorrectly from a jump or you have a collision. The ACL is often injured during high demand sporting activities such as football, squash, rugby, basketball and skiing.
If your ACL reconstruction is successful, your knee should not give way any more. This will allow you to be more active and return to some or all of your sporting activities. Read more about ACL reconstruction surgery.
Knee replacement surgery is usually carried out when arthritis has badly affected the knee or the knee has been injured. The cartilage which covers the bony surfaces of the knee joint becomes worn away, which causes pain. The knee may also be visibly swollen.
Your surgeon will make a cut on the front of your knee and remove the damaged joint surfaces. They will replace these with an artificial knee joint made of metal, plastic, ceramic, or a combination of these materials. If your knee replacement is successful, you should have less pain and be able to walk more easily. Read more about total knee replacement surgery.
Blakelands Hospital is a day case unit, what happens if I require an inpatient procedure?
Total knee replacement surgery requires an inpatient stay, therefore your Consultant will see you at Blakelands Hospital for the initial Consultation, diagnosis and discussion of your treatment but the actual surgery will be carried out at one of our local sister hospitals that has inpatient facilities:
Follow up appointments after your surgery will be back at Blakelands Hospital to avoid travelling.
Which Consultants can I see about my knee pain?
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to book an appointment or to find out more about the knee surgery options that we offer.