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The Bristol Knee Clinic

The Bristol Orthopaedic Clinic

• The Glen Spire Hospital, Bristol
• St Mary's Hospital, Bristol
• St Joseph's Hospital, Newport
• The Lister Hospital, London

Appointment Bookings:

• Tel: 0117 970 6655


The "Glen" Spire Hospital
Redland Hill
Bristol BS6 6UT

Tel: 0117 980 4080

Bristol Nuffield Hospital at St Mary's
Upper Byron Place
Bristol BS8 1JU

Tel: 0117 970 6655

St Joseph's Hospital
Harding Avenue
Newport NP20 6ZE

Tel: 01633 820300

The Lister Hospital
The Lister Hospital
Chelsea Bridge Rd.

Tel: 01179 706655

Early Arthritis Of The knee - Indications / Contra-indications

When Surgery May Help

When pain and swelling and stiffness cannot be controlled by non-operative or conservative measures surgery may be indicated. The criteria may just be pain or swelling after sporting activities or the symptoms may be more disabling with a permanent swelling, limitation of movement and a restricting in the ability to walk or undertake the usual activities. There are several different types of surgical techniques that are available according to the exact nature of the artistic problem. Most of these techniques can be undertaken using the arthroscope as a day-case procedure. This often results in a rapid resolution of the symptoms and a rapid return to daily activities and sport.

When the joint surface or articular cartilage has completely worn away to bare bone and the knee is painful and arthritis is present, arthroscopic debridement of the knee may not prove to have a lasting benefit and a joint replacement may be indicated.

This may affect 1, 2 or 3 of the major areas or compartments of the knee. These areas are under the kneecap (patello famoral arthritis), between the major bone ends on the inside of the knee (medial arthritis) and the same bones on the outside (lateral arthritis)


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