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Orthopaedic Knee Services at The Priory Hospital 

Knee pain is one of the most common conditions seen in UK adults. In fact around one in five over-50’s will experience a knee problem at some point. Knee conditions can have many causes, from injury to osteoarthritis, but they all share one thing in common: The potential to seriously impair an individual’s quality of life. Knee pain can make it difficult to climb stairs, kneel, crouch, or even walk.

When you’re in pain the last thing you need is a lengthy and frustrating wait for the right care. At The Priory Hospital you can speed things up, with fast-track access to a consultation with one of our experienced orthopaedic practitioners. After a thorough examination you will be immediately referred for any appropriate diagnostic tests before receiving your tailored treatment plan.

Then you can look forward to getting back to normal as quickly as possible and start doing the things you enjoy once again. 

Our knees have a lot to cope with. Not only do they carry our full weight, but they have a lot of parts that can get damaged, including tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bones that can be torn, dislocated, and fractured.

While knee problems can affect almost anyone, you’re more likely to develop issues if you experience a sporting injury - or have a job that’s physically demanding. Ageing is also another major cause of knee joint damage, due to osteoarthritis.

We treat an extensive range of complex knee issues at The Priory Hospital however these are some of the most common problems.

Tears to the meniscus (the cartilage between the thigh bone and the shinbone). These injuries are often caused by extreme rotation or twisting of the knee, resulting in pain, swelling and stiffness. Sufferers may also feel a locking sensation and have trouble extending the knee. Treatments range from rest and medication to surgical repair. Many meniscus tears are degenerate and occur without trauma. These are classified as ‘tears’ in people aged over 35 and are treated with three months of non-surgical treatment – with surgery becoming an option if things don’t improve.

Damage to the ligaments (ligaments are the bands of tissue that help to stabilise the knee by holding the bones together). Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) damage is a knee injury we see often at The Priory Hospital. It usually arises from knee trauma that can occur in e.g. a sporting activity, or from sudden twists, or jolts. Joints may initially be extremely painful and while the pain may diminish joints may become unstable over time. In which case surgery may be the best option to get patients back on track as quickly as possible.

Kneecap problems These can include a dislocated kneecap, or patellar tendonitis, a condition known as ‘jumper’s knee’. A severely ruptured tendon can require surgical repair.

Osteoarthritis of the knee Over time the surfaces of knee joints can wear away either as a result of arthritis or a previous knee injury causing them to become stiff and inflamed, causing extreme pain. Even simple things like getting dressed can become difficult, and this can affect quality of life. While there is no cure for arthritis it can be managed with exercise and medication, or, in more extreme cases, joints can be replaced to improve mobility and reduce pain.

Other common knee complaints include bursitis and fractures. Less common are metabolic problems including gout or infection which can result in knee pain and swelling.  

Specific diagnostic tests could include an X-ray, CT scan or MRI scan. An X-ray will determine whether you have any fractures or deterioration, a CT scan can detect bone problems and subtler fractures, while an MRI scan uses magnetic waves to create 2D images of your soft tissue.

When the results are in, you’ll be invited to your next appointment with your consultant. At this second consultation, your doctor now has an in-depth view of your knee condition, and they will be in a position to discuss your treatment options with you and identify the way forward. 

Depending on the cause and severity of your problem, treatments could include braces, arch supports or joint injections. Pain relief can also be administered. 

In many cases your treatment will involve some kind of physiotherapy to strengthen the muscles around the knee. Your consultant will work closely with one of our expert physiotherapists to create a tailored rehabilitation plan for you. Physiotherapy sessions will take place at The Priory Hospital’s new, state of the art rehab centre and private gymnasium, located just across the road.  

Our highly skilled orthopaedic surgeons are experts within their field so if knee surgery is the appropriate option for your treatment, you’re in safe hands. Surgical options range from total knee replacement surgery and knee arthroscopy (keyhole surgery) to ACL reconstruction, partial knee replacement and revision surgery.

Your clinician will discuss all aspects of your surgery with you beforehand as well as what to expect during your post-operative care - and how long it will take to recuperate. 

Out of over 300 hospitals in the UK, The Priory Hospital, Birmingham is one of the group’s flagship hospitals. Every year we see and treat thousands of patients with all kinds of knee conditions.

Our tailored treatments range from physiotherapy and medication to expert surgical procedures to help get you back on your feet. By opting for knee care at The Priory Hospital you will benefit from:

  • Fast access to expert care from some of the best knee orthopaedic consultants in the UK.
  • A thorough diagnosis of your condition, using the latest scanning technology. Equipment can be brought in if required for specific cases.
  • Signature, personalised care with seamless inter-departmental communication ensuring you experience a speedy journey back to full health.
  • An onsite intensive care unit (ICU). The Priory Hospital, Birmingham is one of only a handful of private hospitals in the UK with its own ICU unit. This minimises the chances of having to be transferred to another hospital in the event of any unforeseen care requirements.
  • Laminar flow operating theatres to regulate air flow and minimise risk of infection.
  • Brand new rehabilitation facilities reserved for The Priory patients along with a private, state-of-the-art gym – providing the perfect facilities for building your way back to full mobility and health.
  • A care package geared entirely around you with a wide range of treatment options.
  • A range of payment plans – you don’t need to have private medical insurance to enjoy the benefits of superior care at The Priory Hospital.

Our team of surgeons, physiotherapists, nurses, and healthcare professionals are here to help. So, if you are suffering from knee pain, or unsure about the next steps get in touch with us today to discuss your options.

Specialists offering Orthopaedic Knee Service in Birmingham

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Professor Martyn Snow

Consultant Knee and Shoulder Surgeon

MBchB, MSc (Orth Eng), MRCS, FRCS (Trauma&Orth)

The Droitwich Spa Hospital 1 more The Priory Hospital

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Mr Akshay Mehra

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon


The Priory Hospital 1 more The Droitwich Spa Hospital

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Mr Faisal Hussain

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS, FRCS (Trauma and Orthopaedics)

The Priory Hospital

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Mr Nadim Aslam

Consultant Orthopaedic & Knee Surgeon

BMSc, MBChB, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Orth), MFSEM (UK)

The Droitwich Spa Hospital 1 more The Priory Hospital

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Mr Alaa Moftah

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon


The Edgbaston Hospital 2 more The Meriden Hospital The Priory Hospital

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Mr Samir Nabil Massoud

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon


The Droitwich Spa Hospital 1 more The Priory Hospital

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