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Don’t be held back by hip and knee pain

Are you one of the thousands of people in the UK who suffer from hip or knee pain?

Man and woman walking in the park with two young children

It’s the second most common reason for visits to doctors, accounting for about 25% of all GP appointments.

The London Clinic hospital on Harley Street can help you get back to your everyday activities.

Hips and knees are the two largest joints in the body. They work closely together to support the body’s weight and assist movement; so it’s not surprising that pain in these joints can be debilitating.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE HIP OR KNEE PAIN?

Often, pain will improve with rest, over-the-counter painkillers, and advice from your GP or physiotherapist. Depending on the severity of your hip or knee pain, your doctor may prescribe medication or refer you:

  • For a scan to establish the cause of pain
  • For physiotherapy
  • To an expert orthopaedic consultant

Get back on track

Surgery at The London Clinic hospital by world-leading consultants and expert nursing teams is also fully supported by dietitians, strength and conditioning coaches, occupational therapists and physiotherapy teams throughout your journey.

This multidisciplinary approach of having all the relevant experts looking after you encourages an easy transition from inpatient to outpatient care. This may mean you have a shorter hospital stay, helping you resume an active life faster.

Pay for your own treatment

Many of our patients choose to pay for their own treatment, which gives fast access to your choice of specialist consultant and all the facilities of The London Clinic. 

If the procedure or treatment you require is available under our fixed-price treatment plan, you can take comfort in knowing that you will pay one simple, agreed price that will not change.

INNOVATIONS IN SURGERY AT THE LONDON CLINIC HOSPITAL

Some of the latest surgical innovations being pioneered at The London Clinic to benefit patients include:

The London Clinic is one of the only private hospitals in the UK to offer NAVIO for partial and full knee replacements.

All patients undergoing robotic assisted knee surgery are supported by the clinic’s enhanced physiotherapy recovery programme, aiming to get patients back on their feet and home within two days.

Mr Dinesh Nathwani, consultant orthopaedic surgeon, says: “This surgical system uses robotic technology to help minimise the amount of bone removed from the damaged knee and removes the need for a CT scan. NAVIO aims to aid more precise placement of the implant leading to a more normal feeling knee.”

A complication of hip replacement surgery can be difference in leg length following surgery. With recent technological advances, experts are able to provide personalised patient solutions to prevent this problem. The use of 3D printed technology provides a more accurate way of precisely measuring where to position the new artificial joints.

Advanced imaging techniques capture the bony anatomy of the hip with precision and accuracy; computer software can then use this information to 3D print a replica of the hip to position the new joint correctly.

Professor Alister Hart

Professor Alister Hart, consultant orthopaedic surgeon, nicknamed the ‘hip detective’ by the BBC, says: “Better imaging, advanced computer software and the emergence of 3D printing has enabled us to make tailor-made solutions for our patients. The ultimate goal of personalised orthopaedic hip surgery is to achieve optimum position of the artificial hip.

"This determines the final leg length and range of motion within the hip joint and longevity of the hip implant; all of which are very important for ensuring we improve the patient’s mobility and quality of life.”

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of four important ligaments that stabilise the knee. In the UK, men most commonly injure their ACL playing football, followed by rugby and skiing. The most common mechanism of
injury in women is skiing followed by netball.

The standard surgical treatment for an ACL tear is an ACL reconstruction. However, through advances in surgical techniques, there’s a renewed interest in trying to repair the ACL rather than reconstruct it.

Mr Deepu Sethi

Mr Deepu Sethi, consultant orthopaedic knee surgeon who has a specialist interest in sports injuries explains: “There are many theoretical advantages to repairing rather than reconstructing. A faster recovery, a faster return to sport - one would normally wait one year after an ACL reconstruction before you return to pivoting sports - preservation of normal blood vessels and nerves in the ACL which may result in a more ‘natural’ feeling knee after surgery.

"To maximise the chance of a repair being successful, it should probably be performed within the first month of injury.”

DIAGNOSTIC AND SCAN SERVICES

The London Clinic offers rapid access to a comprehensive range of X-ray, DEXA, CT and MRI scans with many services available six days a week. Results are delivered quickly to consultants (same day service available) who can then use detailed imaging data to make a diagnosis and start a course of treatment.

LEADING ORTHOPAEDIC CONSULTANTS

In a small number of cases, surgery may need to be carried out to repair, strengthen or replace a patient’s damaged joint.

The London Clinic has world-leading orthopaedic consultants. Its consultants are leaders in their respective fields; almost all hold NHS teaching posts.

PHYSIOTHERAPY

The London Clinic’s physiotherapy department offers a patient-centred holistic approach to the management of all joint problems.

It tailor-makes its treatment plans to fit in seamlessly with your goals. Some of the innovative equipment at the hospital includes:

The London Clinic's physiotherapists provide a wide range of assessment and treatment techniques to improve function, aid recovery and improve mobility and movement.

Hydrotherapy pool

Appointment enquiries: +44 (0) 20 3944 1073 Concierge service: +44 (0) 203 219 3323 Self-Pay service: +44 (0) 203 918 7301International office: +44 (0) 203 219 3266 Invoice and payment enquiries: +44 (0) 207 616 7708 General enquiries: +44 (0) 20 3918 9135

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