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No more knee pain
Whether it’s work, sports, or even simple tasks such as walking and bending, knee pain can drastically affect your routine. And it’s not just the physical effects – dealing with knee pain can be emotionally and mentally exhausting, taking a huge toll on your mental well-being.
If you are looking for a solution, our consultants at Woodlands can offer you an accurate diagnosis, as well as a variety of treatment options to bring you relief and help keep you mobile. Woodlands provides treatment for various knee conditions to patients in and around Darlington, Richmond, Barnard Castle, and further afield.
Damage to the knee joint can be caused by injury or disease, and invariably this leads to pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility. Possible causes include:
Pain of the patella (kneecap), for example, rarely needs surgical intervention, and is often managed well with physiotherapy.
Corticosteroid injections into the knee help to relieve swelling and inflammation as well as providing pain relief. These can be repeated a number of times if they prove effective.
Weight loss can also have a significant effect on reducing your symptoms, as the knee has less pressure placed on it, therefore offering a greater chance of healing.
Cartilage problems can often be addressed with a knee arthroscopy. This is a form of keyhole surgery and can be done as a day case procedure, where your consultant makes small incisions in your knee, allowing them to introduce a camera and surgical tools to investigate and repair cartilage damage. ACL reconstruction is normally a day case procedure and is performed in a similar way.
Knee replacements are typically used for those with severe cases of osteoarthritis. This tends to require a 1-2 night stay on the ward, where you will be supported by staff until you are able to go home. Knee replacements can be carried out in one of two ways:
Partial Knee Replacement can be a good option when only part of the knee is arthritic. Patients often report having a more ‘natural’ functioning knee, with quicker recovery times as it involves less surgery.
Total Knee Replacement involves removing the entire damaged knee joint, replacing with an artificial joint. 90% of knee replacement surgeries at Woodlands take this form. It is a bigger procedure with a longer recovery, but gets it all done at once.
One of the huge advantages to knee replacement surgery at Woodlands is the availability of the MAKO robot for robotics-assisted surgery. This is only offered privately, and allows for a greater degree of accuracy when balancing the knee. Whereas standard knee replacements can be 5-10 degrees out, assistance from the MAKO robot ensures the surgery is accurate to one degree/millimetre. The greater precision also means there is less peripheral damage to the knee and surrounding muscles during surgery, further reducing recovery time.
This is then followed by a physical examination, where your consultant will press and manipulate the affected knee to investigate the symptoms you’ve mentioned. They will then wish to see an x-ray of your knee. You may already have had an x-ray previously, but if not, this can be arranged on-site at our Imaging facility.
This is often enough to make a diagnosis, but some conditions may require an MRI to assess the soft tissues in your knee. With these findings, your consultant can start to outline all your treatment options, allowing you to make an informed decision.
Sometimes, your consultant will suggest starting out with conservative measures, such as physiotherapy or injections, progressing towards surgery if these are ineffective in reducing your symptoms. For those with severe symptoms, surgery may be the logical choice from the beginning, and this will likely be evident during the diagnostic stage.
Whatever the diagnosis, your consultant will offer you a range of options, explaining the expected outcomes and addressing any recovery goals you may have. Supported by expert surgeons, radiographers, physiotherapists, and an experienced nursing team, you’ll be in capable hands at every stage of your journey.
If your knee has been causing you problems, why not book a consultation with one of our ophthalmologist specialists today? Our consultants can outline all treatment options for you promptly, arranging any necessary diagnostic scans, treatment and surgery if required. For peace of mind and expert care, please contact Woodlands to book an appointment now.
Consultant Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon
Queens University Belfast: MB BCh BAO (1985) Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh: FRCSEd (1991) Fellowship of Orthopaedic Surgeons of the Combined Royal Colleges UK: FRCS(Orth) (1997)
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