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Knee surgery in Windsor

Surgery for knee problems at The Princess Margaret Hospital

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Knee pain can make everyday tasks feel impossible. Whether you suffer from knee pain due to an injury or as a result of a long-term condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, the stiffness and reduced mobility that often comes with knee pain can be difficult to manage. 

But it doesn’t have to be this way. At The Princess Margaret Hospital, we have a network of brilliant orthopaedic consultants in Windsor who can help you to find the best course of treatment for your knee pain, allowing you to get back to life as normal.

For many people, conservative and non-surgical treatments will be enough to manage your pain. In other cases, if these options have not helped ease your knee pain, you might need surgery to get back to living life to the full. 

If you are looking for a consultant knee surgeon near you, look no further than The Princess Margaret Hospital. Your dedicated consultant will help you find the best treatment for your personal needs, building a bespoke plan for each individual. They will work with a team of pain management specialists, nurses, physiotherapists and more to ensure you recover as safely and quickly as possible from your knee surgery. 

We offer fast access to appointments with a consultant of your choice, and you’ll usually be able to book one within 48 hours. To find out more, call us on 0141 300 5009 or book an appointment with a specialist today.

There are many reasons why you might have knee pain, including:


This type of arthritis causes chronic pain and stiffness, which in turn has a negative impact on your movement. This is the most common type of arthritis in the UK. It happens when the smooth cartilage which protects your joints from damage becomes worn down over time. It tends to happen as you get older and your joints become worn down.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

This is a painful inflammatory joint condition caused by an autoimmune process, which occurs when your body mistakenly attacks its healthy cells. This often causes severe pain, swelling, inflammation and limited mobility.

Knee bursitis

Bursitis happens when the fluid filled sacs (known as bursa) that cushion and protect your joints become inflamed. This can result in pain and swelling in your joints. Usually it presents as a dull, aching pain that can persist even when you take traditional painkillers or try gentle stretching.

A torn ACL

Your ACL is a tough band of tissue in your knee joint that joins your thigh bone to your shin bone. It runs diagonally through the inside of your knee, helping to control the back-and-forth movement of your lower leg and to stabilise your knee joint. If you have a torn ACL, you might struggle to put weight on your knee, making walking and balancing difficult.

Whatever the cause of your knee pain, our consultants at The Alexandra Hospital in Manchester can help by providing both non-surgical and surgical treatment options.

A fracture

Fractures are typically caused by a traumatic injury such as a contact sports injury, but they can sometimes be caused by a condition that weakens your knee bone, such as osteoporosis. A knee fracture can cause symptoms such as bruising, swelling, and severe pain.

We offer a variety of surgical treatment options for knee pain, including:

Knee arthroscopy

An arthroscopy can help diagnose and treat a range of problems in your knee. It is a keyhole operation, which means it's performed using a few small cuts. Your surgeon will use specially designed surgical tools to access your knee joint through a few small cuts. One of these tools will be a camera (known as an arthroscope), allowing them to see inside your knee and perform surgery.

Knee replacement surgery

Knee replacement surgery involves removing bits of your knee joint that have become damaged and replacing them with artificial elements, also known as implants or a prosthesis. This should remove the source of your pain, helping you to walk more easily and letting you get back to living life as normal.

ACL reconstruction surgery

ACL reconstruction surgery is a type of knee surgery that involves repairing or reconstructing your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). This can be done using several different methods.

Knee osteotomy

An osteotomy is an operation to shorten, lengthen, or change the alignment of your bone. It is often performed to straighten a bone that has healed crookedly following a fracture.

Meniscus repair surgery

Meniscus repair keyhole surgery involves repairing your torn meniscus (passing sutures or special fixation devices into your knee through small cuts.

No matter the surgery you have with us, your treatment will be tailored to your exact needs and performed by a multidisciplinary team of dedicated healthcare professionals.

You can usually see an orthopaedic specialist for your initial consultation within 48 hours of booking your appointment with us. 

During this initial appointment, your consultant will ask about your general health and medical history. They will want to know about any existing medical conditions, as well as the current symptoms you are experiencing. 

In order to assess your symptoms and make an accurate diagnosis of your pain, your consultant will next carry out a gentle physical examination of your knee. In some cases, they might also send you to get an X-ray, which will be done onsite by one of our radiographers. All of this helps your consultant to make a diagnosis of the cause of your knee pain.

Once they have identified what's causing your knee problems, they will share more information about surgery and whether it could be the right treatment for you.

The time you'll wait between your initial consultation and having surgery (or any other treatment you're recommended) will differ from person to person. For example, someone who has suffered a traumatic injury may need to be seen very quickly. Your consultant will provide you with a fixed timeline for treatment. 

At The Princess Margaret Hospital in Windsor, we offer private treatment to people living in Windsor, Maidenhead, Ascot and further afield. Having opened in 1980, we’ve provided healthcare to the local community for over 40 years. We offer a variety of services, including a rapid access breast screening clinic, as well as an oncology suite lead by specialist nurses who deliver a wide range of chemotherapy treatments and regimes under the care of dedicated consultant oncologists. 

Our facilities: what you can expect

We continually invest millions in our state-of-the-art facilities, which include MRI machines and sophisticated scanning units managed by specialist radiologists. We offer robotic-assisted knee surgery, helping us tailor your treatment to your unique anatomy. Our robotic technology uses a 3D software that helps our consultants build a joint replacement based entirely on your anatomical needs.

We have specialist physiotherapy gyms to help you recover as soon as possible follow your treatment. These gyms are fully equipped with a rower, specialist balance equipment, a bike, and more. We also have a restaurant open daily with a wide selection of hot and cold foods, catering to all dietary needs.

Your private room: what you can expect

Your private room will be complete with temperature control, as well as a television and nurse call system. The ensuite will feature an accessible toilet and shower to help you use the bathroom safely. Your healthcare team will be on hand to get you whatever you need to feel as comfortable as possible during your stay with us.

“I was greeted with such a friendly welcome and swift consultation process when I arrived at The Princess Margaret Hospital. The staff in the imaging department were so kind and explained everything clearly and looked after me.” – patient review on Google.

If you’re looking for a private hospital near you offering clinical excellence as well as outstanding compassion, get in touch today. 

We answer your frequently asked questions about our hospital.

How do I get to The Princess Margaret Hospital?

We are based within a residential area on a main road, less than a five-minute drive from Windsor Castle, and a 15-minute drive from Heathrow airport. We are also a 10-minute walk away from Windsor town centre. 

Is there parking at The Princess Margaret Hospital?

Yes, we have 80 parking spaces, including disabled spaces. We also have two electric charging points.

Does The Princess Margaret Hospital offer treatment for children?

We see children from zero to 18 years through our outpatient services, and people from three to 18 years for day-case and inpatient procedures.  

Does The Princess Margaret Hospital offer robotic surgery?

Yes, we offer Mako® robotics-assisted surgery, helping your consultant perform your surgery with greater precision and accuracy. Traditional surgery is highly effective, but robotics-assisted surgery can offer additional benefits, including a faster recovery time.

How long do I have to stay in hospital after knee surgery?

How long you stay in hospital will depend on which type of hip surgery you are having as well as your individual circumstances. You might well go home on the same day, but for a knee replacement most people stay at least one night. We will advise when it is safe for you to leave, and ensure you have all the information and equipment you need to continue your recovery at home.

When you choose to go private with Circle Health Group, you can expect:

  • Flexible appointment times to fit your schedule
  • The freedom to choose your consultant
  • Bespoke, consultant-led treatment plans tailored to your individual needs
  • Private ensuite rooms as standard
  • Tasty and nutritious meals cooked onsite to your dietary requirements
  • Support from the same compassionate clinical team from beginning to end
  • Affordable, fixed-price packages with aftercare included
  • Flexible payment options to help spread the cost of your care

If you want to know more about knee surgery at The Princess Margaret Hospital, find out if it's the right treatment for you, book your appointment online today or call a member of our team directly on 0141 300 5009.

Content reviewed by Circle in-house team in January 2023. Next review due January 2026.

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