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Knee pain can develop at any time, ranging from young adults to older people.
Usually the age at which you experience knee pain, fits into a loose pattern:
Younger age (under 50 years): Sports injury or trauma related, meniscal injuries, patella dislocation, early osteoarthritis, juvenile arthritis, developmental disorder of the knee, radiating pain (from hip or ankle), quadricep or patella tendinopathy
Middle age (50 – 70 years): early Osteoarthritis, sequelae of trauma (tibial plateau fractures) or knee conditions, Spontaneous osteonecrosis of the knee (SONK), radiating pain (from hip or ankle), quadricep or patella tendinopathy
Older age (above 70 years): sequelae of trauma, Osteoarthritis, radiating pain (from spine or knee), quadricep or patella tendinopathy
Are you looking for treatment of Knee pain or Knee replacement?
You may have seen or tried alternative treatments. This could range from analgesia (pain killers), optimising medical conditions (diabetes, heart disease, chest/ lung conditions), walking aids, losing weight, physiotherapy, injection therapies (Platelet rich plasma (PRP), Ostenil (hyaluronic acid) or steroid/ cortisone), knee arthroscopy (keyhole surgery) or knee replacement surgery.
Symptoms: You may experience pain at various times in the day, but particularly what patients mention is pain at night and difficulty either getting to sleep or staying asleep. It can result in a significantly disturbed sleep which can have an impact on your next day. Another symptom is stiffness, this can be particularly exacerbated when you wake up in the morning and go to stand up from a seated position. It can take you a few steps before your joint starts to lubricate itself and you can get moving. It can even happen when you have been seated for any length of time and you go to stand, you can find yourself taking a few hobbling steps before you start walking normally.
Analgesia (pain killers) for knee pain: These can range from simple pain relief such as Paracetamol (provided you have no contraindications) and Ibuprofen (provided you have no contraindications), following the World Health Organisation’s ladder of pain.
Knee replacement surgery: This has been reported as one of the main break throughs in medicine and has been proven as one of the best operations to improve the quality of life of patients.
It is essentially indicated if you have significant painful symptoms as it is primarily a pain-relieving procedure. In my opinion I believe it can also improve your function as, once you remove the painful stimulus from the knee, it should move better, hence allowing you to walk again pain-free and even run in some instances. Jogging however is not recommended as the jarring motion can affect the prosthesis. As opposed to walking and running which are smoother movements.
A knee replacement removes the degenerative knee (hinge) joint and replaces it with an artificial joint. The two prostheses (what are implanted into your body – one at the end of your thigh (femur bone) and one on top of the shin (tibia) bone).
The prosthesis can either be cemented into position or be uncemented. At Canova Medical in Wilmslow, we will provide a bespoke solution after discussing with you the pros and cons of each.
Why choose Canova Medical for your knee replacement in Manchester, Stockport and Cheshire?
- Highly experienced team: The Canova Medical team is skilled, qualified and experienced – you can meet the team here.
- Realistic about the results you’ll achieve: It’s very important to us that you’re aware of what kind of results you can expect from your surgery for knee pain, so that you’ll be happy again. You can see what our patients say about us.
- Enjoy VIP discretion: You’ll never see another patient at Canova Medical, so your knee surgery will be in utter confidence.
Pre-treatment Consultation: In order for our Surgeon to give you the results you need, he will take the time to get to know you and your preferences. This takes place at a one-hour Consultation; the entire appointment will be with the Surgeon who will be performing your knee surgery in Cheshire, Stockport and Manchester hospitals.
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How can I be sure that I’ll be happy with the results of knee replacement surgery?
There are 3 reasons why you can certain that you’ll be thrilled with your knee surgery at Canova Medical:
- Experienced Surgeons: The surgical team at Canova is highly experienced and has an excellent worldwide reputation. You can meet the team here.
- Happy Customers: Read what our patients say about Canova Medical.
- In-depth Consultations: The Surgeon will spend an hour with you to get to know your goals, likes and dislikes. He’ll ask you all the questions necessary for him to understand the results you’re looking for, and he will be honest about the kind of results you can expect from your surgery. Your Consultation will be with the Surgeon who’ll actually be performing your knee surgery.
What can I expect at the Consultation with the Surgeon?
At your one-hour Consultation with your Surgeon, he will assess your overall physical health. Any medical conditions will be discussed and evaluated to ensure that you are a good candidate for knee surgery. You need to be fit and healthy to ensure that the operation will be successful.
The Surgeon will also discuss in detail the kind of results and outcomes you can expect from your surgery. Once he is happy that you’re a good candidate for knee replacement, he will inform you about how to prepare for this surgery.
Who performs the knee replacement?
Mr Numan Shah is a knee replacement specialist and consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at our Wilmslow clinic.
He has published and presented both nationally and internationally at Orthopaedic meetings. Mr Shah sub-specialises in Lower limb arthroplasty, Revision and Infections at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.
How do I prepare for the knee surgery?
You will be fully informed about what you can eat and drink before the procedure, and any precautions regarding medications and smoking.
These are guidelines that you should follow to help ensure that your surgery will go smoothly and without any complications.
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What if I can’t have a knee replacement surgery?
We occasionally come across patients who are not suitable or are unable to have surgery due to their medical conditions being significant or their weight may be prohibitive to surgery. In these very small number of cases we do explore the possibility of nerve ablation therapy. This carried out in partnership with one of my Pain consultants. They firstly anaesthetise the nerves in turn to identify the ones which are causing the pain. Once identified those specific nerves are targeted and ablated.
Can your knee pain get better?
YES…provided we identify the source of it.
Our surgeon therefore ensures that my patients are investigated prior to any treatment being advocated so we address the source of the problem and not just the symptoms. If you have been suffering with knee pain then you may have already looked at different options to help yourself. Some of these alternative treatments for knee pain include: Glucosamine or Turmeric tablets, various gels like Flexiseq and also some other remedies. Unfortunately, we do not have any evidence in the medical literature to advise us whether or not these treatments are helpful or not.
What if I have any other questions?
Please contact the friendly team at Canova Medical – we’d be delighted to help you and answer any questions you may have.
What’s the next step?
If you do not want to wait for the NHS to arrange your surgery, the next step is to arrange a Consultation with us. This will be with the Surgeon who’ll be performing your surgery. He will take the time to get to know you and your desired outcomes; obtain your medical history; and make recommendations based on your specific needs.