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When performing Total Knee Replacement it is important to have the implants well aligned. This enables the weight bearing axis to fall evenly through the implant, and thus ensure its longevity. In much the same way as poor wheel alignment in your car causes uneven tyre wear, if your knee replacement is poorly aligned it […]
Patello-femoral Osteoarthritis: What are the options?
Patello-femoral Osteoarthritis: What are the options? Isolated osteoarthritis of the Patello-Femoral Joint (PFJ) is a common source of pain and disability for a wide range of patients. It can affect patients in their teens all the way through adulthood. In most cases, the osteoarthritis develops as a consequence of patello-femoral maltracking, dysplasia or imbalance, and […]
Should I have Bilateral Simultaneous Knee Replacement?
Should I have Bilateral Simultaneous Knee Replacement? Many patients suffer from bilateral knee osteoarthritis and want to consider having the surgery in one go, rather than as two separate procedures. As with most things there are pros and cons to this question. The patient who may be considered suitable for bilateral simultaneous surgery is that […]
When can I drive after knee replacement?
When can I drive after knee replacement? I am often asked by patients when they can return to normal activities such as driving. There are two main considerations here: comfort and safety. The patient must be comfortable enough to not require strong painkillers which could cause drowsiness. They must be able to get in and […]
Hip Replacement Technology Bearings
Hip Replacement Technology – Bearings At the heart of every hip replacement is the bearing, or ball and socket joint. Originally the bearing choice was very simple. You could only have a metal femoral head (or ball) on polyethylene cup (or socket) bearing. This was the bearing that English orthopaedic surgeon, Sir John Charnley settled […]
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Rupture
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Rupture: Who should have surgery? Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture is a common injury among athletes. It usually occurs after a rotational injury whilst pivoting off the affected leg. The injury usually causes acute pain and swelling which often settles within a few weeks. There is, however, residual instability in the knee, […]