When you meet with your consultant at BMI The Park Hospital, 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 these symptoms start?
- Do you have any pain? If so, can you describe it?
- Have you tried any treatments already? If so, did they help?
Your consultant will carry out a clinical examination of your knee, and possibly your hip, back or lower leg if they think a problem in any of these places may be causing your knee pain.
Depending on your symptoms and the physical examination of your knee, you may then be referred for additional tests or investigations. Our comprehensive imaging facilities include X-ray, CT, MRI and ultrasound, so these can all be quickly and easily arranged for you if needed.
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 conditions, your consultant may carry out a type of keyhole surgery known as a knee arthroscopy. An arthroscope is a thin telescope with a camera and light at one end. Small cuts are made in your knee and the arthroscope is placed into the knee to give your consultant a clear view inside the joint. If any issues are discovered during this procedure, like a ligament tear or cartilage damage, these may be able to be treated during the arthroscopy, cutting down the need for further surgery.
For osteoarthritis, BMI The Park hospital offers a full range of treatment options from physiotherapy and injections to surgical treatment, including partial and total knee replacement. Your consultant will discuss the full range of options available and help you to choose the optimum treatment option for your individual needs.