Joint Preservation Techniques
Simply put, Joint Preservation techniques are those used to treat damaged joints in a way that avoids or delays the need for joint replacement. Many people are understandably reluctant to undergo a joint replacement where other treatments might help. We always aim to treat damaged joints with the most modern treatments possible including biological treatments.
The joints that mother nature gave us are undoubtedly the best joints of all, until they become so damaged that they cannot function well and cause pain and loss of independence. Joint preservation techniques can sometimes be used in these situations.
A variety of techniques are used in joint preservation, and these aim to repair, replace or offload damaged structures within the knee or hip joint. Examples include meniscal repair, ligament reconstruction, cartilage regeneration, and joint offloading using a realignment osteotomy. A combination of techniques are sometimes used.
When these are not possible or have been exhausted and pain is severe then joint replacement is considered.
Joint replacement is the ultimate end-stage treatment for severely damaged or arthritic joints. Modern joint replacement is very successful and effective, but there is little debate about the fact that it is best reserved until it is absolutely necessary and then performed by surgeons who are expert at performing such procedures.
What our patients say
I was suffering from arthritis and was absolutely dreading the thought of a hip replacement and despite pressure from my caring family kept putting it off. Finally when the physio warned me that hips could… Read more “Amazing skill and care”
I would like to say how much I appreciated the informative guidance I received from Mr Sood during the initial consultation for my knee problem, and the care from him and the team at all… Read more “Nothing but praise for results achieved”
I have had two knee replacements, the first in November 2009 and the second in November 2011. My recovery from the first operation was trouble free so I had no qualms having the other knee… Read more “Complete faith in Mr Sood”
I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the professional and caring treatment that I received from the Specialist Hip & Knee Surgery team following an accident that I had, resulting in a serious… Read more “Very satisfied with results”
For some years I could not run anymore and any impact on my right knee was very painful. Mr Sood diagnosed a tear in my meniscus, fixed it and the result is astounding. Recovery was… Read more “Operation a 100% success”
My left knee was deformed due to osteoarthritis. I was unable to straighten my leg and the knee was swollen. I was still able to walk but my knee ached constantly and it was very… Read more “Highly Competent, Extremely Skilled”
It is 10 years since you operated on my right hip and I would like to express my sincere thanks for the ten years of improved quality of life I have had. I have had… Read more “Ten years of improved quality of life (and counting!)”
I ruptured my ACL and could not do any sport. The knee was moderately painful to walk on. Mr Sood was very efficient and clear every time I spoke to him. I had multiple consultations… Read more “Efficient and clear. I felt happy throughout”
My only regret is that I wished that I had gone to see Mr Sood sooner. After my operation to repair a torn meniscus and cruciate ligament I could not believe how much better I… Read more “No hesitation in recommending to others”
I am a fitness instructor and my life and work were severely affected when I developed arthritis of both hips. I had severe stiffness and pain. I was very worried about how successful hip replacement… Read more “Excellent job…a brilliant surgeon”
I was suffering from left hip arthritis. This was very painful and limited walking, gardening and other daily activities. I was very satisfied with the care that I received and well looked after. Mr Sood… Read more “Caring and capable surgeon”
Before my knee replacement operation I had a problem bending my knee because it had stiffened through arthritis which was also making me walk bow-legged. It was painful and difficult to do general chores like… Read more “Walking straight-legged and pain-free!”
Although I was naturally apprehensive on learning I needed a new hip, this was dispelled after a positive consultation with Mr Sood. The operation was a great success and I am once again partaking in… Read more “Operation and aftercare first class”
I have had the good fortune to have been treated by Mr Sood over a period of several years during which he carried out both a hip replacement and a knee replacement. During this time… Read more “The go-to Specialist… excellent”
I was suffering with a cartilage tear in my right knee causing limping and affecting mobility in walking. Appointments were arranged efficiently and consultations took place at a convenient time and place. I found the… Read more “Operation was a success”
I was suffering from painful knees due to arthritis which was very restrictive in my life and with my daily life. I am very happy with the treatment that I received. Everything was explained in… Read more “Recommend to others”
I had pain and clicking when my knee was in certain positions eg. sitting with legs crossed. I couldn’t do certain activities and sports that I enjoy. I felt well looked after and was pleased… Read more “Full recovery very quickly”
I became a patient of Mr Sood in January 2012 after developing an Achilles tendon problem that had failed to heal after 12 months of physiotherapy treatment. I had been unable to run or participate… Read more “Delighted with treatment”
I had an arthritic knee that was extremely painful and severely limited the amount of activity that I could undertake. Even simple things like shopping were a challenge. Walking up and down stairs was difficult.… Read more “Thoroughly professional, pleasant and reassuring”
I was suffering from knee pain. I was unable to do sport or even run without pain. Work and everyday jobs were a struggle. I have been extremely impressed by the whole process from the… Read more “I don’t think that I have ever dealt with a better medical professional”