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Knee surgery

Knee surgery can help give you back movement that's free of pain and stiffness

If you have knee pain for an injury from playing sport, BMI Carrick Glen Hospital in Ayrshire is the place to come for a diagnosis, advice, and treatment.

The hospital provides a sports injury clinic linked to an excellent physiotherapy service and has a range of comprehensive diagnostic imaging equipment, including x-ray and ultrasound.

Our skilled Consultant Orthopaedic Knee Surgeons are experienced orthopaedic specialists who look after all aspects of the injured knee. Some have qualifications in sports injuries surgery as well.

Treatments at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital range from physiotherapy to minor procedures like steroid or plasma rich plasma (PRP) injections. If surgery under a general anaesthetic or epidural is required, this can be carried out at our sister hospital in Glasgow, BMI Ross Hall Hospital, by your consultant.

The hospital is noted for providing a personal, patient focused service and offers treatments of the highest standard.

Knee surgery is a medical speciality within orthopaedic surgery, covering treatment to the knee bones and joints, including tendons, ligaments, and muscles.

Dedicated Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons who treat knees can also be experts in other specialities like hip surgery and sports medicine. A knee surgeon’s expertise ranges from working with a physiotherapist to get you back exercising, right up to keyhole surgery of the knee (knee arthroscopy) or total knee replacement surgery.

Your consultant may suggest a knee arthroscopy, so they can look inside the knee, ascertain conditions such a torn ligament or displaced patella (kneecap) and treat it. A tiny camera called an arthroscope is inserted into your knee through a small cut (incision).

A knee arthroscopy is usually performed under general anaesthetic. During surgery, saline will be pushed around the knee, giving the surgeon better visibility. It can also wash out loose material caused by wear and tear. Your surgeon may also be able to repair torn cartilage through the same small incision.

Knee replacement surgery involves replacing the damaged or deteriorating knee with an artificial joint and can be useful if non-surgical methods like painkillers or physiotherapy are no longer effective.

You should see a knee consultant if you have injured the soft tissue around your knee during sports, and it hasn’t improved for several days after PRICE therapy (protecting, resting, wrapping it in an ice pack, compressing it with a bandage and elevating the knee). If you’re finding it hard to put weight on your knee, do everyday activities like walking your dog, or if your joints are tight, and motion is limited, we can also help.

We prefer GP referrals at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital, but some of our knee surgeons will also accept self-referrals.

When you arrive, our friendly reception team will check you in, and your Consultant Knee Surgeon will take you into a consultation room. They will put you at ease as they talk over your problem with you and examine your knee.

If an x-ray is required, you can often have one during the same consultation. If something is easily treatable, for example, if you require a steroid injection to help with pain and reduce inflammation, this can also be done during your initial consultation. Your consultant may go through exercises you need to do or refer you to one of our Chartered Physiotherapists.

It’s possible to have an x-ray or ultrasound at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital on the same day as your appointment.

Some steroid injections are given in the clinic and under x-ray guidance, depending on which joint is involved.

We can also arrange for you to have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan at BMI Ross Hall Hospital which could identify a torn ligament.

As well as injections, we can do other minor procedures under local anaesthetic at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital, such as removing lumps and bumps.
For anything requiring a general anaesthetic or epidural, your consultant knee surgeon can see you at BMI Ross Hall Hospital at a later date.

Treatments include:

  • Keyhole knee surgery (arthroscopy) to treat articular cartilage damage and meniscus (cartilage) tears 
  • Articular cartilage regeneration
  • Reconstructing cruciate and collateral ligaments including the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
  • Partial or total joint replacement (arthroplasty)
  • Osteotomy surgery to change the angle of the bones around the knee to try and preserve the knee joint through arthritis
  • Customised knee replacements

The benefit of coming to BMI Carrick Glen Hospital is the speed with which you can see a specialist and access treatment, which means you’ll get back to what you love doing fast.

Another advantage is the access to other disciplines on-site, such as physiotherapy.

Knee surgery is very successful, according to figures from the National Joint Registry and the British Association for Surgery of the Knee (BASK).

If there’s a tear in the cartilage and your surgeon takes the torn bit away, the likelihood of you being pain-free six weeks later is greater than 90%. Other surgeries like cruciate ligament reconstruction and repairs of the meniscus have an 85% success rate.

Patient satisfaction with knee replacement is 80-85%, and it’s 95% for customised knee replacements.

Our Consultant Orthopaedic Knee Surgeons are highly skilled in rehabilitation and aim to help you return to function, fitness and sport as soon as possible. They work with a compact and efficient team of physiotherapists, radiologists, and nurses to provide you with excellent care and treatment during throughout your journey.

If you have an operation at BMI Ross Hall Hospital, follow-up appointments and physiotherapy can take place back at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital.

Specialists offering Knee surgery

Mr Kenneth Young

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBChB FRCS Ed. (Orth.)

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Mr James Press

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MB,BS, MRCS, Diploma of Orthopaedic Engineering, FRCS (Trauma + Orthopaedics)

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Mr Jonathan Dearing

Consultant Orthopaedic Knee & Sports Injuries Surgeon

BDS, FDSRCPS,MBChB(Hons), FRCS(Trauma and Orth), Dip SEM, MFSEM

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