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Knee Surgery

Our dedicated Private Orthopaedic Centre offers private knee surgery

Your knee is one of the most complex joints in your body. Comprising bones, ligaments, tendons, cartilage and bursae, its structure helps to disperse and redirect the loads and forces put through it safely, without causing damage to the joint.

If any part of the knee, whether structural of functional, is damaged by injury or disease, it can cause symptoms such as pain and stiffness.

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

Many knee injuries will improve over time, but if symptoms do not resolve you may need further investigations and expert advice.

If you suffer from wear and tear and your knee pain becomes more severe and limits your mobility, you may benefit from further treatment.

At BMI The Chaucer Hospital in Canterbury, Kent, our consultant knee surgeons treat a range of knee conditions, helping to get people out of pain and stiffness and back to mobility once again.

Whether you are suffering from arthritis in the knee or damage to a ligament or, they would be delighted to help you.

We have all the facilities needed to investigate knee problems, such as X-ray, MRI and CT scanners.

We also have a team of Physiotherapists on site to help your rehabilitation from injury and following any surgery.

Some of the reasons people come to us for help include:

  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Instability / knee giving way
  • Deformity in the knee
  • Knee locking / not fully straightening
  • Clicking in the knee
  • Weakness in knee
  • Difficulty weight-bearing
  • Inflammation

Knee conditions that may cause these symptoms include:

  • Osteoarthritis in the knee
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury
  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury
  • Meniscus tears
  • Joint surface damage
  • Iliotibial (ITB) friction syndrome - also known as Runner’s Knee
  • Patella femoral pain syndrome
  • Patellar tendinopathy
  • General sports knee injuries

If your knee symptoms do not respond to conservative treatments like pain medication, physiotherapy or cortisone injection, you may be advised that an operation could be an option. Consultants at the Chaucer can provide a number of surgical treatments including:

In addition, biological therapies such as Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) injections, Hyaluronic Acid and Shock-wave therapy (SWT) are available.

The most important part of treating a knee problem is getting an accurate diagnosis.

For this reason, when you first meet with your consultant at The Chaucer, they will take a detailed medical history and ask you about your symptoms. They may ask you questions like:

  • What symptoms do you have?
  • When did you first notice these symptoms?
  • If you have pain in the knee, where is it and what does it feel like?
  • Have your symptoms been getting worse?
  • Have you tried any treatments already? If so, did they help?

Your consultant will carry out a physical examination of your knee, and possibly your hip, back or lower leg if they suspect a problem in any of these places is causing referred pain in your knee.

Depending on your symptoms and the physical examination of your knee, you may be referred for additional tests or investigations. Our comprehensive on-site imaging facilities include X-ray, CT, MRI and ultrasound, so any tests needed can be easily and quickly arranged for you.

Once the results of any tests are back and your consultant has been able to confirm a diagnosis, they will discuss the results and explain suitable treatment options. Treatment is always evidence-based.

For some conditions, your consultant may carry out a knee arthroscopy, a type of keyhole surgery. This involves making a few small cuts in your knee and passing in a small light and camera attached to a flexible tube (an arthroscope), which transmits a live feed to a screen, giving your surgeon a clear view inside the joint. If any issues are discovered during this procedure, such as cartilage damage or tears to a ligament, they may be able to be addressed at the same time, avoiding the need for further surgery.

Arthroscopy has a number of benefits over traditional open surgery. With only small cuts made, pain and bleeding are reduced, recovery is often faster, and scarring is minimal.

People living in and around Kent choose to have their knee treatment at The Chaucer for a number of reasons. Some are referred to us by their GP, physiotherapist or osteopath. Others have been recommended to us by friends or family members who we may have treated previously.

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

  • Fast Assessment – When knee pain is affecting your quality of life, you will appreciate being able to see a consultant as soon as possible. With rapid, easy access to a leading knee surgeon, you will be able to start any treatment programme sooner.
  • Bespoke treatment – Every knee is unique. Any type of knee surgery needs to be accurately calibrated to that particular knee, to ensure you have a joint that is stable and that works properly. Your consultant will tailor treatment to your specific requirements so that you receive the best result possible.
  • Consultant-led care, always – You will always see the same consultant for each visit, so will never have to worry about seeing a more junior doctor. Your consultant will oversee each aspect of your care, from initial consultation and diagnosis through to treatment planning, treatment and post-treatment follow-up.
  • Remote Consultations – Your consultation will typically be carried out in person on-site here at The Chaucer. However, we can also offer remote consultations by telephone or online video call if required.
  • Multidisciplinary team: With experienced Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons, physiotherapists, nurses, occupational therapists, radiologists and other healthcare professionals, you will be well-supported throughout your time with us. You will always see the most appropriate specialist for your needs.
  • Patient Satisfaction – In an independent survey, 97.9% of the people we treated said they were likely or highly likely to recommend BMI The Chaucer Hospital to their friends and family. We truly value this feedback and continue to focus on providing the very highest level of care to everyone who chooses us for their knee treatment.
  • Comprehensive support: After any type of knee surgery, a well-structured recovery programme is crucial. Our on-site physiotherapy team will work closely with you before and after your surgery to help you regain strength, movement and function in the knee again at the right pace for you.
  • Location – We are ideally located on the southern outskirts of Canterbury, only about two miles from the centre. It is very easy to get to us from anywhere within Kent and our (paid) car park has 124 spaces, making parking easy.

If you are experiencing any type of knee problem, whether pain, stiffness or weakness, we can help. For peace of mind and expert care for your knee condition, book your appointment online today.

Specialists Offering Knee surgery

Mr Omar Yanni

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS, FRCS (Tr and Orth)

BMI The Chaucer Hospital

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Mr Philip Housden

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon


BMI The Chaucer Hospital

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Mr PJS (Chan) Jeer

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS FRCS (Eng) FRCS (Tr & Orth)

BMI The Chaucer Hospital

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Mr Alex Chipperfield

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS, MRCS, FRCS (Tr & Orth)

BMI The Chaucer Hospital

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Dr Farhan Bari

Consultant Rheumatologist

MBBS, MRCP (UK, Rheumatology)

BMI The Chaucer Hospital

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