Osteoarthritis knee treatment
If you have been diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis, we consult with you to select the best-possible therapeutic approach. In many cases, we can use conservative treatment to stop or greatly delay the degenerative process in your knee. This way, your knee joint may be preserved for longer. We believe in giving patients good professional advice on the condition of their knee, and agreeing on a treatment plan together.
If the degenerative process is more advanced, we may offer surgical procedures as a solution. Our team of experts will be happy to give detailed advice on the appropriate procedure and discuss the pros and cons of each option so that shared decision making can occur between patient and clinician.
Conservative treatment of knee osteoarthritis
Surgery is not always necessary. Often, conservative treatment includes physiotherapy, injections and medication. Through conservative measures, we try to decrease your pain and strengthen the knee musculature to relieve the strain on your knee.
Our surgical treatment methods
Joint replacement surgery
Knee replacement surgery has evolved tremendously in the last 40 years. At Schoen Clinic, our leading surgeons are experts in joint replacement surgery and have some of the best results on the UK National Joint Registry.
Although called a knee replacement, the procedure could also be referred to as a resurfacing of the worn part of the knee. You surgeon will carefully discuss the type and make of the replacement surface and the latest techniques on sizing and alignment of the knee with you at your consultation.
Prior to surgery, you will normally have a thorough pre-assessment with a Consultant Anaesthetist, nurse and physiotherapist and be prepared for surgery.
Surgery now generally takes 30-60 minutes and is very successful.
We use the latest rapid recovery techniques both during and after surgery to keep you comfortable and most patients will be walking approximately 3-4 hours after surgery.
Schoen Clinic London is the first and only elective orthopaedic hospital to have resident intensive care consultants looking after its patients 24 hours a day on the ward. This enables us to pick up any post-operative medical issues early and deal with them before complications occur. It also enables us to use advanced local anaesthetic techniques on the ward which in turn helps keep patients pain free and mobile during the first few days after joint replacement surgery.
You will usually be discharged home two or three days after your joint replacement surgery and will usually be expected to have outpatient physiotherapy to make a full recovery. Some people may choose to go to a specialist rehabilitation facility for inpatient physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.