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Orthopaedic surgery

Our private orthopaedic service offers a number of innovative procedures

Albyn Hospital is the only independent private hospital serving Aberdeen, Angus and Moray. Our private orthopaedic service offers a number of innovative procedures including robotics-assisted joint replacement (hip and knee) and bespoke knee replacement surgery.

If you’re experiencing joint pain or have suffered a sporting injury, we could put you on the path to recovery.

Orthopaedics is the area of medicine that looks after our muscles, bones and joints. Our specialist team can diagnose and offer private treatment plans for all common orthopaedic conditions. Get in touch and you could have a consultation within as little as 48 hours.

To make an appointment with one of our private consultants, you can either ask your GP to refer you or book with us directly.

You can also book an appointment with one of our experienced physiotherapists. They will assess your symptoms and function and can direct you to an appropriate consultant if required.

People come to us if they’re experiencing pain, stiffness, injury or other discomfort in their:

  • Shoulder or elbow
  • Hand or wrist
  • Back
  • Hip
  • Knee
  • Foot or ankle

We offer a wide variety of private treatments, both surgical and non-surgical. If your pain is affecting your quality of life, and less invasive methods aren’t working any more, you may be recommended surgery. Some of our most common procedures are:


Private Hip Replacement Surgery in Aberdeen

This involves removing a damaged hip joint and replacing it with an artificial one (known as a prosthesis or implant).

The aim of this surgery is to alleviate the symptoms of pain and allow you to return to the normal activities that you enjoyed previously. Our physiotherapists can then work with you on a programme to encourage successful recovery.

We also perform other private hip surgeries including hip resurfacing and hip arthroscopy.

At Albyn Hospital we now offer hip replacements using the Mako® robotic arm surgical system. This can offer benefits including faster recovery, less post-operative pain and improved function.


Private Knee Arthroscopy in Aberdeen

If you have a knee injury, your consultant might recommend an arthroscopy, which is keyhole surgery to look inside your knee.

This can allow your surgeon to assess or even treat certain causes of knee pain including torn meniscus, torn anterior or posterior cruciate ligament, or torn cartilage around the joint.


Private Knee Replacement Surgery in Aberdeen

Depending on the causes of your knee pain, you might be recommended a total or partial knee replacement.

This is a significant but common operation. To encourage successful healing, our physiotherapists will build an individualised recovery plan for you.

At Albyn Hospital we now offer knee replacements using the Mako® robotic arm surgical system. This can offer benefits including faster recovery and better function.

We also offer a bespoke private knee implant service. Speak to your consultant for more information. 


Private ACL Reconstruction Surgery in Aberdeen

The ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) is an important part of your knee. It helps it to stay stable and stops it giving way when you make twisting or turning movements.

If you have torn or ruptured your ACL, we can perform surgery to reconstruct it using a graft.

At Albyn Hospital we will work with you both before and after ACL surgery on a strengthening and reconditioning programme, which optimises the post-operative outcomes.

If your surgery and your physiotherapy programme are successful, you should be able to return to any sporting activities you participated in previously.


Private Shoulder Impingement Surgery (Subacromial Decompression) in Aberdeen

Subacromial decompression surgery is used to treat a condition called shoulder impingement, where the bones and tendons in your shoulder rub together. This condition can cause you pain as well as restricting your shoulder movement.

Decompression surgery is usually performed through keyhole incisions. Your consultant surgeon will remove any inflammation and spurs of bone that are causing your symptoms.

Following surgery, you should have reduced pain and improved movement in your shoulder. Recovery can vary, with some people only seeing a significant improvement after three or even six months.

Successful recovery will depend on your participation in an individualised physiotherapy programme.


Private Carpal tunnel Surgery in Aberdeen

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is where a nerve in your wrist (the median nerve) becomes compressed. It can cause pins and needles, weakness and clumsiness and sometimes pain.

If your CTS is severe, you may be recommended surgery, though there are less invasive treatments that will normally be tried first.

The operation involves reducing the compression on the median nerve by releasing a ligament in your wrist.

You should see some improvement within a couple of weeks after your operation. Full recovery will happen over several months; exactly how long will depend on how long your nerve has been compressed for.

Accessing private healthcare is easy, whether you choose to pay directly or use private medical insurance.

If you are paying for yourself, we can usually offer an upfront cost which you can then choose to pay in full or access one of our easy payment options.

If you have insurance, we can arrange direct settlement with your insurance provider, although you should check in advance to see if your treatment is covered. For more information, visit our private medicalinsurance page.

Specialists offering Orthopaedic surgery

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Mr David F Lawrie

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MB ChB FRCSEd (Tr and Orth)

Albyn Hospital

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Mr Christopher Munro

Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBChB FRCSEd (Tr & Orth)

Albyn Hospital

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Professor Alan Johnstone

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon


Albyn Hospital

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Mr George Ashcroft

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Bsc, MBChB, FRCSEd (Tr&Orth)

Albyn Hospital

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Ms Louise McCullough

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBChB,FRCSEd (Tr & Orth), Dip SEM

Albyn Hospital

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