Knee

Knee replacement surgery is indicated in patients who have severe arthritis affecting either of the three compartments of the knee joint. Knee arthritis causes a loss of the lining of the joint and most commonly affects the inner aspect of the knee. This would commonly result in severe pain and increasing stiffness. Many patients have difficulty in extending the knee. There will commonly be swelling around the upper part of the knee.

Diagnosis

insert picture knee1.Diagnosis is usually made after a full history and examination and a full x-ray examination of the patient to include the kneecap parts of the joint. Sometimes the severity of symptoms may not match the x-ray appearances and arthroscopic examination of the knee, with a fibreoptic telescope under a general anaesthetic may be required. Mr Clarke will discuss the options for treatment, including conservative treatments such as injection therapies, arthroscopy in the earlier forms of arthritis or total knee replacement if this has become more severe.

Operative Treatment

Mr Clarke uses only knee replacements that have been well tried and tested with over 7 years of continous clinical use. ThisĀ  give patients the peace of mind that manufacturing failures of implants should be very rare. The normal outcome of knee replacement surgery should mean a loosening rate of less than 5% at 10 years, which increases to approximately 10% at 15 years.

Gender Specific Knee Replacement

Women have slightly different anatomy to men with a narrower base and slimmer knee cap section of the joint. Weare able to use this new replacement which can achieve a better fit in this group of patients.

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