Knee Treatments at Fitzwilliam Hospital
Here at Fitzwilliam Hospital we provide a complete service for the diagnosis, treatment and management of orthopaedic knee conditions.
Knee pain is a common complaint that can be severe. It has many causes so it’s important to make an accurate diagnosis in order to provide the right treatment. We offer rapid local access to an experienced multi-disciplinary team of professionals who provide the best of care for your individual knee problems, from diagnosis through to treatment and aftercare.
We have the latest imaging facilities, a physiotherapy gymnasium furnished with modern equipment, a fully equipped ultra clean air theatre suite and comfortable en-suite accommodation.
Our highly regarded consultant knee surgeons perform knee surgeries including: knee arthroscopy, ACL reconstruction and partial and total knee replacement surgery. They will discuss with you the best treatment options for your knee based on your diagnosis.
Knee arthroscopy is minimally invasive surgery that is used both to diagnose and treat knee pain.
Your orthopaedic knee surgeon will initially look inside your knee joint using a thin tube with a camera and light source, known as an arthroscope. The arthroscope sends images to a monitor or an eyepiece so that your surgeon can see inside your knee joint.
Whilst your surgeon has the arthroscope inside your knee joint and they can see what’s causing your knee pain and they may also treat it. If they decide to treat your knee condition at the same time they will insert medical instruments. They may wash out any loose material due to wear of the joint surfaces as these may get caught in your joint, trim a portion of torn knee cartilages (meniscectomy), remove the plica tissue or repair torn cartilage (meniscus repair) and ligaments (ACL/PCL repair).
ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) reconstruction
Your ACL is a ligament tissue that joins your shin and thigh bones together at your knee joint. It offers stability to your knee joint when you turn or move from side to side.
Your ACL can be torn when you slow down very quickly whilst turning or if you have a collision. ACL injuries are common in contact sports such as football, rugby and basketball. Skiers are also susceptible to ACL strains when landing jumps, skiing moguls or during twisting falls.
ACL reconstruction, also known as knee ligament reconstruction, aims to improve the stability and function in your knee joint. During the operation your torn ACL is replaced with a graft from another part of your knee or a donor.
Your knee surgeon will assess and discuss the extent of damage and its effect on your daily life when making a recommendation to have ACL reconstructive surgery.
Partial and total knee replacement surgery
Knee replacement surgery is most often performed on people with osteoarthritis in their knee joint, when there is more wear and less repair of the cartilage. It’s normally recommended if your knee joint is painful even when you’re resting and it’s effecting your ability to move around.
Knee replacement surgery, also known as knee arthroplasty, is performed to replace a damaged, worn or diseased knee joint with an artificial one. Surgery should relieve the pain in your knee and enhance your mobility.
Your knee surgeon will perform a partial or total knee replacement based on your knee’s condition. A total knee replacement (TKR) involves replacing both sides of your knee joint. A partial, or unicompartmental, knee replacement (PKR) only replaces one side of your knee joint.
Pre- Operative Joint School
All patients undergoing knee or hip replacement are encouraged to watch this short video before their operation. It summarises some key points from the joint replacement booklet you will receive at your pre-assessment appointment.