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Don’t let knee pain put your life on hold

Knees are used and relied on for many everyday activities and movements, from walking downstairs, standing up from a chair or driving a car. It can be easy to pay no attention to them most of the time. Indeed, it is only when something goes wrong in them that we realise just how much we depend on them working properly!

Knee pain is a particularly common problem, usually caused by a sports injury or general ‘wear-and-tear’ in the joint as we age.

Some knee injuries will get better naturally over time, but if your symptoms continue or are bad enough to affect daily life, it is sensible to get things looked properly.

Similarly, if general ‘wear and tear’ in your knee is causing only relatively mild symptoms, you may be able to ignore them for a while. If your symptoms are more severe, they are often far harder to ignore, and you will probably quickly realise the value of getting expert guidance about the best way forward.

If you're looking for knee treatment in West Dorset, North Dorset and Weymouth and Plymouth, BMI The Winterbourne Hospital is the best place to visit. At BMI The Winterbourne Hospital in Dorset, our experienced Consultant Knee Surgeons provide you with fast assessment and bespoke treatment to help get you out of pain and back to better movement and function in your knee again. and knee function. Why not book your appointment with them now?

Many people come to visit a knee surgeon assuming they will require knee surgery to resolve their symptoms. Knee surgery will be necessary to treat a number of knee conditions, but many symptoms and conditions can be well treated with non-surgical (conservative) options.

These treatments include:

  • Pain relief medication (analgesia) – if over-the-counter medications are not able to help, your consultant can prescribe stronger painkillers if appropriate
  • Physiotherapy – can help to strengthen and balance muscles in and around the knee, back and hip to correct pain caused by poor alignment or instability
  • Joint injections – usually a corticosteroid, but Hyaluronic acid or Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) may be helpful for some conditions

If these treatments do not relieve your symptoms, or become less effective should your symptoms worsen, surgery may be an option.

Whatever symptoms you are experiencing, whether relatively mild or far more debilitating, your consultant will fully investigate the cause and will make sure you receive any treatment required as quickly as possible.

At BMI The Winterbourne Hospital, we provide a range of knee treatments, including:

Many types of knee surgery can be carried out with keyhole surgery (knee arthroscopy). This minimally invasive approach to treatment can be used for diagnosis and treatment of many conditions, and provides less pain, reduced scarring and improved recovery times.

When you meet with your consultant at the hospital, they will take a detailed medical history and ask you about your symptoms.

They will carry out a detailed examination of your knee. Your hip, back and leg may also be examined if they suspect your knee pain is referred from a problem in one of these areas.

Additional investigations may be needed, such as X-ray, MRI or ultrasound, and these can all be easily arranged for you in the hospital. Once a diagnosis has been made, your consultant will discuss this with you and talk through suitable treatment options.

Treatment will always be tailored to your specific needs and what will be best for you. Your consultant will always explain the benefits you should expect to see from treatment, as well as any risk and possible complications. You will always have the information you need to make an informed choice about treatment. The decision to have any treatment will always be yours to make.

As the only local private hospital, many of our patients are from Dorchester and other parts of Dorset, but we also treat people from further afield, like Yeovil and other parts of Somerset.

A number of people come to us because a friend or family member has recommended us. Others are referred by their GP, physiotherapist, osteopath or private medical insurance provider. You can also self-refer in order to get the help you need sooner.

When you choose to have your knee treatment at BMI The Winterbourne Hospital, you will benefit from:

  • Short waiting times – Whether you are struggling to see your GP for an appointment or concerned by the long waiting lists for knee surgery on the NHS, it can be reassuring to know that good, effective help is available for your problem, fast. We can book you and appointment with an experienced knee surgeon, so that you can access the help you need quicker.
  • Flexible appointments – With a number of experienced consultants providing treatment for knee problems, it is easy to book an appointment that fits your availability. As well appointments in the hospital, we can also offer remote consultations by telephone or online video call if required (and where clinically appropriate).
  • Tailored treatment – Treatment will be carefully planned to meet your specific requirements to ensure you are out of pain and back to better movement, strength and function in the knee again as quickly and fully as possible.
  • Custom recovery programme – The results of any knee surgery are always improved with proper recovery and rehabilitation. Our excellent physiotherapy team will support you before and after surgery, helping you to recover safely and at the right pace for you.
  • A multidisciplinary team: With experienced Consultant Hip Surgeons, radiologists, nurses, physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals, you will always receive the best treatment, rehabilitation and care for your particular knee concern.
  • Patient satisfaction – In an independent survey, 98.4% of the people we treated said they were likely or extremely likely to recommend BMI The Winterbourne Hospital to their friends and family. We don’t take this for granted and continue to work hard on delivering the highest level of care to everyone who visits us for help with their knee problem.
  • Location – BMI The Winterbourne Hospital is located just one mile south of Dorchester town centre and has a car park with 40 spaces.

If you are concerned about a problem with your knee, it is important to know that you are not alone. Good help is available, sooner than you may think.

We can provide a range of treatments for you, both surgical and conservative, to help get you out of pain and back to better movement and function once more.

For peace of mind and known expert care, why not book your appointment with an experienced Consultant Knee Surgeon now?

We look forward to welcoming you to BMI The Winterbourne Hospital and helping to get you out of knee pain as soon as possible.

Specialists offering Knee surgery

Mr James Oliver Smith

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

BM BSc DM FRCS (Tr&Orth)

The Winterbourne Hospital

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Mr Iain Adam Findlay

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBChB, BSc(Hons), FRCS (Tr&Orth).

The Winterbourne Hospital

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Mr Matthew Hall

Consultant Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon

BSc(Hons), MBChB, MRCS, FRCS(Tr&Orth)

The Winterbourne Hospital

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Mr Peter Ward

Consultant Orthopaedic, Trauma & Reconstruction Surgeon


The Winterbourne Hospital

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Mr Graeme Nicholas Fernandez

Consultant Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon


The Harbour Hospital 2 more The Winterbourne Hospital Circle Reading Hospital

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Mr Ian William Barlow

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MB ChB FRCS (England) FRCS (Orth)

The Winterbourne Hospital

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