Orthopaedic Service in Aberdeen

The BMI Albyn Hospital in Aberdeen is the only independent hospital serving Grampian and the North of Scotland. Our orthopaedic consultant team, aided by hospital facilities, can diagnose and offer a treatment plan for all common orthopaedic conditions. It is possible you may be offered a consultation within a week.

To access this service, you can either ask your GP to make a referral directly to the hospital or contact the appointments department on 01224 577400. We can also offer appointments with one of our experienced physiotherapists who can assess your symptoms and function before directing you to the most appropriate consultant, if required.

Our orthopaedic service covers conditions relating to the following areas:

  • Shoulder and elbow
  • Hand and wrist
  • Back
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Foot and ankle

Hip Replacement

Hip replacement will remove a damaged hip joint and replace it with an artificial one (known as a prosthesis). Other surgeries such as hip resurfacing and arthroscopy (keyhole procedure) can also be performed.

The aim of this surgery is to alleviate the symptoms of pain and allow you to return to normal activities that you may have enjoyed previously. The recovery success can be dependent on participation in an individualised physiotherapy programme.

Knee Replacement

If you have a knee injury there will be occasions when an arthroscopy (keyhole procedure) will allow the consultant to assess and treat various causes within the knee. Possible conditions of knee pain might be a torn meniscus, torn anterior or posterior cruciate ligaments or pieces of torn cartilage that are loose in the joint.

Depending on the condition affecting your knee, it may be recommended that a total or partial knee replacement is performed. The recovery success will be dependent on participation in an individualised physiotherapy programme.

ACL Reconstruction Surgery

ACL reconstruction allows our consultant to replace the damaged ligament with a graft which in turn can prevent your knee from giving way if you are making twisting movements. Prior to surgery, the hospital will offer a strengthening and reconditioning programme (known as ACL prehab) to optimise the post-operative outcome.

Following successful surgery, you should be able to return to any sporting activities that you may have participated in previously. However the success of this would be dependent on participation in an individualised physiotherapy programme.

Subacromial Decompression

Subacromial decompression surgery is used to treat a condition called shoulder impingement where the bones and tendons in your shoulder rub together. This condition can cause pain and restriction in shoulder movement.

Decompression surgery can usually be performed through some keyhole incisions with the consultant surgeon removing any inflammation and spurs of bone that are causing the symptoms to occur.

Following surgery, the symptoms of pain should reduce with an improvement in shoulder movement. Recovery period can vary with some people seeing improvement after three months and back to normal activity after six months. However, the recovery success will be dependent on participation in an individualised physiotherapy programme.

Carpal Tunnel Surgery

The median nerve travels from your wrist joint through a bony structure called the carpal tunnel. Space in this area can be limited due to other structures such as ligaments which can cause compression of the nerve. When this occurs, you can experience tingling and pins and needles within your fingers.

Surgery entails creating more space within the carpal tunnel by releasing the ligament that forms the roof of the tunnel.

Following surgery, there should be some improvement on the symptoms within a couple of weeks with full improvement happening over several months. Speed of recovery will depend on how long the nerve has been compressed.

Orthopaedic treatments offered at BMI The Albyn, Aberdeen: