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The Wellington Hospital Facility

The London Knee Osteotomy Centre

The Wellington Hospital Facility

Bringing together leading Osteotomy surgeons from across Europe, passionate about joint preservation.

020 7483 5148

The Wellington Hospital South Building

St John's Wood

London NW8 9LE

Payment options available: This facility offers treatments at a fixed price

Specialising in knee pain

The London Knee Osteotomy Centre is led by Professor Adrian Wilson who has a global reputation in carrying out knee realignment (osteotomy) surgery. Knee osteotomy surgery offers a less invasive alternative to a knee replacement for patients suffering with arthritis caused by their legs being misaligned. This misalignment puts additional pressure on the knee joint, causing pain and increasing the damage to the knee.

A knee osteotomy is particularly relevant for younger patients, sportsmen and women, and active older patients, allowing them to get back to their previous activity levels more quickly, including competitive sport. The procedure involves taking pressure off the damaged side of the knee by dividing the bone and realigning the limb so the leg is straight.

This realignment allows body weight to be distributed evenly through the knee joint, relieving the pressure on damaged tissue, allowing it to heal, and preserves the joint in the correct position to help avoid problems in the future. Most people are able to bear their own weight within 24 hours of a knee osteotomy, while full rehabilitation takes between 6-12 weeks.

What is knee realignment surgery?

In the UK, the vast majority of patients with arthritis are offered knee replacement surgery, also known as an osteotomy. Osteotomy surgery works by restoring the normal alignment of the knee and removing the pressure off the arthritis in the knee.  

The advantages of knee osteotomy over knee replacement surgery

The UK is lagging behind other countries in Europe in terms of the number of patients who are offered a knee osteotomy rather than waiting to have a total or partial knee replacement. The main advantages of osteotomy over knee replacement include:  

  • Reduced knee pain without needing to remove/replace the knee joint
  • A better range of movement and function
  • Faster recovery
  • The knee can feel more stable than after knee replacement surgery
  • Patients can return to your normal activities including competitive sport, which isn’t recommended after a knee replacement as it can wear out the artificial joint
  • You are not having anything replaced, you keep your own knee

My knee osteotomy surgery: Ricky's story

Hear Ricky's story on how he handled daily knee pain which meant he could not jog or run anymore and how having a knee osteotomy managed to help him get his life back on track.

Identifying and treating knee pain

Orthopaedic Knee
Knee replacement with minimal intervention

The idea of having a knee replacement can often be daunting for younger patients who are active. That is why The London Knee Osteotomy Centre have developed a number of proven and innovative joint preservation techniques that are all about helping you get back to full fitness without the need for knee replacement surgery.

Sports injury repair

Our aim is to always restore your knee function without causing further damage to any of the surrounding tissue. Ligament injuries, particularly those affecting the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are very common in contact sports such as football, netball and rugby. The centre has developed a number of new procedures for treating ACL injuries in both adults and children.

Expertise in knee preservation and knee support

Collectively, The London Knee Osteotomy Centre team have performed more than 700 knee osteotomy procedures across Europe. Professor Adrian Wilson has co-founded the UK Knee Osteotomy Registry, which has outcome data on the results of more than 1,000 osteotomy procedures.

Knee treatments and services

Our leading experts, using the latest techniques and methods, are available to perform the most suitable procedure for your needs. With years of experience between them, our consultants are able to offer the very best advice and carry out complex surgery.
My particular interest is in knee preservation – restoring function to the knee, where possible with minimal intervention. In many cases we can delay, or even avoid, the need for knee replacement surgery.
Professor Adrian Wilson

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Knee Specialist

Childrens' knee problems

More and more children are involved in sports such as skiing and snowboarding and are generally more active at a younger age. At The Portland Hospital, Professor Adrian Wilson and his team regularly see and treat children with ligament damage, particularly common anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury among many other common knee conditions.
Nurse reassuring child patient

Knee rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is an integral part of your recovery.

The Rehabilitation Centre at The Wellington Hospital is home to the only CARF-accredited hospital based rehabilitation centre in London and the largest private unit of its kind in the UK.

The Unit provides you with access to a multidisciplinary team of specialist physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dedicated rehabilitation gyms and hydrotherapy pool. 

A multi-disciplinary team approach

The unit's globally recognised consultants work together again and again – constantly innovating, improving a technique, or developing an approach – to transform care for you. The unit is supported by a multi-disciplinary team of anaesthetists, radiologists and specialist physiotherapists using the very latest diagnostic technology. Our specialist nurses are chosen for their high level of training and experience. We have everything we need to care for our patients – including the highest level intensive care units (ICU).

Our knee consultants

Prof Adrian Wilson

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Knee Specialist

Mr Raghbir Khakha

Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics

Heidari Nima

Mr Nima Heidari

Our location

The Wellington Hospital South Building

St John's Wood

London NW8 9LE

Request an orthopaedic appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with an experienced orthopaedic or sports medicine consultant. We can also arrange imaging and outpatient physiotherapy appointments.

020 7079 4344
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