Orthopaedic Service in Aberdeen

If you’re experiencing joint pain or have suffered a sporting injury, we could put you on the path to recovery.

BMI Albyn Hospital in Aberdeen is the only independent hospital serving Grampian and the North of Scotland. Our orthopaedic service offers a number of innovative procedures including robotics-assisted joint replacement (hip and knee) and bespoke knee replacement surgery.

Orthopaedics is the area of medicine that looks after our muscles, bones and joints. Our specialist team can diagnose and offer treatment plans for all common orthopaedic conditions. Get in touch and you could have a consultation within as little as 48 hours.

To make an appointment with one of our consultants, you can either ask your GP to refer you or book with us directly.

You can also book an appointment with one of our experienced physiotherapists. They will assess your symptoms and function and can direct you to an appropriate consultant if required.

Are orthopaedic services right for me?

People come to us if they’re experiencing pain, stiffness, injury or other discomfort in their:

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

What treatments do you offer?

We offer a wide variety of treatments, both surgical and non-surgical. If your pain is affecting your quality of life, and less invasive methods aren’t working any more, you may be recommended surgery. Some of our most common procedures are:

Hip replacement surgery

This involves removing a damaged hip joint and replacing it with an artificial one (known as a prosthesis or implant).

The aim of this surgery is to alleviate the symptoms of pain and allow you to return to the normal activities that you enjoyed previously. Our physiotherapists can then work with you on a programme to encourage successful recovery.

We also perform other hip surgeries including hip resurfacing and hip arthroscopy.

At BMI Albyn Hospital we now offer hip replacements using the Mako® robotic arm surgical system. This can offer benefits including faster recovery, less port-operative pain and improved function.

Knee arthroscopy

If you have a knee injury, your consultant might recommend an arthroscopy, which is keyhole surgery to look inside your knee.

This can allow your surgeon to assess or even treat certain causes of knee pain including torn meniscus, torn anterior or posterior cruciate ligament, or torn cartilage around the joint.

Knee replacement surgery

Depending on the causes of your knee pain, you might be recommended a total or partial knee replacement.

This is a significant but common operation. To encourage successful healing, our physiotherapists will build an individualised recovery plan for you.

At BMI Albyn Hospital we now offer knee replacements using the Mako® robotic arm surgical system. This can offer benefits including faster recovery and better function.

We also offer a bespoke knee implant service. Speak to your consultant for more information. 

ACL reconstruction surgery

The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is an important part of your knee. It helps it to stay stable and stops it giving way when you make twisting or turning movements.

If you have torn or ruptured your ACL, we can perform surgery to reconstruct it using a graft.

At BMI Albyn Hospital we will work with you both before and after ACL surgery on a strengthening and reconditioning programme, which optimises the post-operative outcomes.

If your surgery and your physiotherapy programme are successful, you should be able to return to any sporting activities you participated in previously.

Subacromial decompression (for shoulder impingement)

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 you pain as well as restricting your shoulder movement.

Decompression surgery is usually performed through keyhole incisions. Your consultant surgeon will remove any inflammation and spurs of bone that are causing your symptoms.

Following surgery, you should have reduced pain and improved movement in your shoulder. Recovery can vary, with some people only seeing a significant improvement after three or even six months.

Successful recovery will depend on your participation in an individualised physiotherapy programme.

Carpal tunnel surgery

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is where a nerve in your wrist (the median nerve) becomes compressed. It can cause pins and needles, weakness and clumsiness and sometimes pain.

If your CTS is severe, you may be recommended surgery, though there are less invasive treatments that will normally be tried first.

The operation involves reducing the compression on the median nerve by releasing a ligament in your wrist.

You should see some improvement within a couple of weeks after your operation. Full recovery will happen over several months; exactly how long will depend on how long your nerve has been compressed for.

Orthopaedic treatments offered at BMI Albyn Hospital Aberdeen: