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Knee surgery

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

Sports injuries and general wear-and-tear are common causes of knee pain.

If you injure your knee, it may be painful initially but will then often improve over time. If your symptoms don’t improve, you may need further investigations and expert advice.

Similarly, if you’re suffering with wear and tear in the knee, you may at first only have mild symptoms. As the damage to the joint increases, pain and stiffness in the knee usually becomes worse, even limiting your mobility. Where symptoms are noticeable and having a significant effect on your quality of life, you may want to explore further treatment options.

At BMI Shirley Oaks Hospital, our Consultant Knee Surgeons treat all knee conditions, helping to get people out of their pain and stiffness and back to better movement, function and strength in the knee once more. Whether you’re suffering from arthritis in the knee, damage to a ligament or meniscus or incorrect alignment of the joint itself, they would be delighted to help you. 

Our on-site imaging facilities include X-ray, MRI and CT scanners, allowing us to investigate knee problem quickly and easily. The experienced team of Physiotherapists at Shirley Oaks work closely with the Consultant Knee Surgeons to improve and restore knee function. 

For many people who are concerned about knee pain, investigation will show there is nothing serious wrong with their knee and they should expect their symptoms to improve over time. This can be a real relief for people to hear, especially if they’ve been worrying about it for some time. If a problem of any kind is found and further treatment is needed, we can provide that for you here at Shirley Oaks, whether it is physiotherapy, cortisone injections or surgery.

In addition, biological therapies such as Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections are available.

A majority of people with ongoing knee pain who decide to get help will turn first to their GP. Treatment may be arranged, like pain relief medication of a course of physiotherapy to try to manage the symptoms. These may be helpful but are often of limited value when the knee has been damaged more extensively.

Many people are currently experiencing quite long delays to see a GP. A private consultation with a knee surgeon at Shirley Oaks, where they will review your condition in advance of a GP appointment, can help you access the right treatment sooner.

If your knee symptoms don’t respond to conservative treatments and are having an impact on your everyday life, surgery may be needed 

The Consultant Knee Surgeons at Shirley Oaks provide a range of surgical options for the knee, including: 

  • Knee Arthroscopy – a form of keyhole surgery.  
  • Meniscus surgery – to repair a damaged meniscus 
  • Ligament repair or reconstruction 
  • Osteotomy – to correct poor alignment of the joint 
  • Patella realignment 
  • Total or Partial Knee Replacement 
  • Revision Total Knee Replacement 

Your surgeon will be able to discuss which knee surgery would be most beneficial for you. 

When you meet with your consultant at Shirley Oaks, they will take your medical history and ask you about your symptoms. They will ask you questions like: 

  • What symptoms do you have? 
  • When did you first notice these symptoms? 
  • If you have any pain in your knee, can you describe it?  
  • Have your symptoms been getting worse? 
  • Have you tried any treatments already? If so, did they help? 
  • What things can you no longer do because of your symptoms? 

Your consultant will examine your knee, and possibly your hip, back or lower leg if they suspect a problem in any of these places, as pain can sometimes be referred from a problem in one of these areas. 

Depending on your particular symptoms and the physical examination of your knee, you may be referred for additional tests or investigations. This may be an X-ray of your knee, an Ultrasound, CT or MRI. All of these are available on-site and can be easily arranged for you if required.

Once the results of any tests are back and your Consultant has been able to confirm a diagnosis, they will discuss the results with you and explain suitable treatment options.

For some knee problems, your Consultant may carry out a knee arthroscopy, a type of keyhole surgery. A few small cuts are made in your knee and a small light and camera attached to a flexible tube (an arthroscope) passed into the joint. This transmits a real-time feed to a larger screen, giving your surgeon a clear look at the inside of your knee joint. If any issues are discovered, such as cartilage damage or ligament tears, they can often be addressed during the arthroscopy, helping to avoid the need for further surgery. 

People choose to have their knee treatment at Shirley Oaks for a number of reasons. Some are referred to us from their physiotherapist or osteopath. Others have been recommended to us by friends or family members who we may have treated previously.

 Whether you live in Croydon itself or will be visiting us from further afield in Surrey, using private insurance or opting for a self-pay option, you will benefit from:

Fast Assessment – Knee pain can have a tremendous effect on normal. When you’re struggling with mobility, you’ll appreciate the value of getting help as soon as possible. With NHS waiting lists becoming longer than ever, it’s good to know that faster help is available. At Shirley Oaks, we can provide you with definitive care far sooner, at a time of your choosing. As a green site, we’re free of Covid and MRSA. With fast access to an experienced knee surgeon, you’ll be out of knee pain and back to better mobility sooner. 

Patient Satisfaction – In an independent survey, 97.6% of the people we treated said they were likely or highly likely to recommend BMI Shirley Oaks Hospital to their friends and family. We continue to focus on providing the very highest level of care to everyone who comes to us for help with a knee problem 

Tailored approach – There is no ‘on size fits all’ treatment for knee problems. A bespoke approach to knee surgery is important to make sure benefit as much as possible from. Any implants used will be carefully chosen to meet your specific lifestyle, biomechanics and bone structure.

Remote Consultation – Your consultation will typically be carried out face-to-face with your Consultant on-site here at Shirley Oaks. However, we can also offer remote consultations by telephone or online video if required and where clinically appropriate.

Comprehensive support: After any type of knee surgery, a good recovery programme is crucial to regain strength and movement in the knee. Our on-site physiotherapy team will work closely with you, both before and after any surgery, to make sure that you recover at a safe, sensible pace. Physiotherapy can be provided face-to-face or by remote video.

Multidisciplinary team: With experienced Consultant Knee Surgeons, Physiotherapists, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Radiologists and other healthcare professionals, you will be well looked after throughout your time with us.

If you’re experiencing any type of knee problem, whether pain, stiffness or weakness, good help is available, sooner than you think. Effective treatments can be provided for you here at Shirley Oaks and we very much looking forward to meeting with you and helping get you out of pain, sooner. 

Specialists offering Knee surgery

Mr Matthew Gee

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS, BSc (Hons), MSc, FRCS (Tr&Orth)

BMI The Blackheath Hospital 1 more BMI Shirley Oaks Hospital

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Dr Rizwan Rajak

Consultant Rheumatologist

MBBCh (Hons), MRCP, MRCP(Rheum), LLM

BMI Shirley Oaks Hospital

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Mr Laszlo Zolczer

Consultant Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon

MD, FRCS (eqv)

BMI Shirley Oaks Hospital

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Mr Jig Patel

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon


BMI Shirley Oaks Hospital

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Mr Bobby Anand

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MB BS BSc in Orthopaedic Science FRCS (Tr & Orth)

BMI Shirley Oaks Hospital

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