Seven things you need to know about knee replacement surgery

Knee replacement surgery is a common procedure carried out to replace or resurface a worn, damaged or diseased knee joint with an artificial implant. In 2016, 108,713 knee replacements were carried out across England, Wales, Northern Island, and the Isle of Man[i]. 1. When should I have a knee replacement? If you have been living with…

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What does a knee replacement involve?

By Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Sam Rajaratnam FRCS (Tr&Orth) Osteoarthritis of the knee is a very common cause of knee pain, the feeling of the knee ‘giving way’ and swelling. Whilst conservative treatment including pain killers, steroid or cartilage protein injections and physiotherapy can be helpful in the early stages, most people with Osteoarthritis of the knee will…

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A small joint replacement that makes a big difference

Did you know that it is possible to do joint replacements for fingers? You probably know at least one person who has had a hip or a knee replacement for arthritis. Similar technology, on a much smaller scale, is available for finger joints which become painful as a result of arthritis. The hands are a…

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Seven things you need to know about hip replacement surgery

Our hips are joints that can take a lot of strain over time and, as we age, through injury or arthritic conditions, the cartilage between the ball and socket can wear down and cause pain or swelling around the joint. If you are experiencing severe pain and stiffness in your hip that has not been…

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Seven things you need to know about shoulder replacement surgery

Seven things you need to know about shoulder replacement surgery September 12, 2019/Health Information, Shoulder Shoulder pain can be something that people tend to live with, as they may find it is not as debilitating compared to the lower limbs. However, if you have severe arthritis or have damaged your shoulder joint from a fall…

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Recovering after a joint replacement

Recovering after a joint replacement May 14, 2019/Health Information You’re home and can’t quite believe it’s all over! If all’s gone to plan, you only spent two nights in hospital with your total hip replacement (THR) and three with your total knee replacement (TKR). The last thing we want you to feel is cut off…

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Why do I have hip pain?

By Alex Barnes, Physiotherapist Most hip pain has a simple explanation such as a muscle strain after doing some exercise, whereby the soft tissues become inflamed. This usually clears up after a few days. Pain of a more chronic nature can be due to particular conditions. The hip joint is a large ball and socket joint. This allows it…

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Back problems in the older age group

By Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Guy Selmon Wear and tear (aka degenerative arthritis) processes are regarded as a normal ageing process in the spine. In fact, these changes can start to begin to be seen from the age of about 20 onwards. Although a lot of patients who have wear and tear problems in their spine…

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How to treat an ankle sprain

Ankle sprains and inversion injuries (twisting your ankle) are the most common injury to occur in any sport. However, they are often poorly diagnosed and as a result can go untreated. It is very common for people to attend A&E after an ankle injury, however, if there is no fracture then they can often be…

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Take the weight off your shoulders

by Mr Jamie Buchanan, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, MB BS, FRCS (Orth) Shoulder replacements have been around for many years but have not enjoyed the same level of success as hip and knee replacements. This is due to the very different anatomy of the joint, the thin nature of the arm and shoulder blade bones and the fact…

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