With our specialist consultant led knee surgery, we’ll help you to get back on your feet and on with your life. We offer the latest treatments, carried out by some of the most well-respected orthopaedic surgeons in their field. And you’ll be cared for in our safe, welcoming and supportive environment.
The most common cause of knee joint pain is osteoarthritis. Some of the cartilage covering the ends of the bones gradually roughens, becomes thin and the bone underneath thickens. All the tissues within the joint become more active than normal as they try to repair the damage. When the cartilage is lost or damaged, the bones rub against one another, causing severe pain.
Surgery is a common and effective solution to chronic knee pain. The pain maybe affecting your life by limiting your ability to walk, sit comfortably, exercise or perform daily activities. You may find that the pain tends to be worse when you move your joint at the end of the day, or the joints stiffens after rest, but the pain will then wear off as you get moving.
Knee surgery should only be considered if your knee is causing you a great deal of pain and interfering with your day-to-day activities. As a patient, only you can decide when you can’t bear the pain any longer and if you wish to be considered for surgery.
In some cases, and as an alternative to surgery, braces are used to improve the knee alignment, providing some additional stability to the knee and preventing the knee from giving out during activity.
To help determine if surgery is necessary, your surgeon may recommend a knee arthroscopy.This is a keyhole surgery procedure where a camera is inserted through a small cut in the skin to investigate the knee joint.
There are several options for surgery. For example, if the joint pain is only affecting one compartment of your knee, your consultant may decide on a partial knee replacement rather than a complete replacement. Your surgeon will spend as much time as you need to discuss the most suitable treatment.
Treatment is usually recommended sooner rather than later. The greatest risk to delaying surgery is the deterioration of joint tissue and the progression of joint disease. As the disease progresses, the joint will continue to grind away with the onset of increased pain. When you’re fitter and have greater mobility, the recovery is far quicker.
- At your initial appointment, you’ll have any necessary diagnostic tests, discuss the best course of action with your consultant and book a date for your treatment. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet your anaesthetist, pharmacist and physiotherapist who will each discuss the process in more detail.
- In most cases, the procedure lasts no more than two hours. And, once back in your private en-suite room, you can relax and recuperate in peace with the help of our compassionate, caring and experienced nursing staff
- Any pain felt directly after surgery is skilfully managed and most patients report a dramatic increase in mobility soon after recovery, simply because the joint is functioning smoothly again.
- Most patients can start moving around soon after the operation. With the support of crutches or a walking frame, you will be encouraged to walk within 12–18 hours and return home within two to three days. Our physiotherapists will aim to get you back to living a normal life as quickly as possible.
You can access these services at Benenden Hospital in a number of ways: as a self-paying or privately insured patient; as a discounted self-paying Benenden member: or as an NHS patient, through the NHS e-referral system.
Self-funded or paying through medical insurance?
If you’re interested in coming to Benenden Hospital for your knee replacement surgery, and you’d like to discuss your options or book a consultation, please call 01580 242 521. We’ll be happy to give you an all-inclusive no-obligation quote once we fully understand your individual needs.
A Benenden member?
Knee replacements are not covered under Benenden membership.
Seeking treatment through the NHS?
Your GP can refer you direct via NHS e-Referral service, by going online to www.chooseandbook.nhs.uk or by calling 0345 6088 888 requesting Benenden Hospital.