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About knee care

Our specialist knee surgeons are among the most respected in their field, offering significant experience in the accurate diagnosis and expert management of all knee conditions. 

We treat patients of all ages and all ranges of activity levels, from high-performance athletes to people with debilitating arthritis. This includes our specialist London Ligament Repair unit at The Portland Hospital, dedicated solely to the diagnosis and management of knee ligament injuries in children and young people. 

We offer expertise in partial and total knee replacement and the management of sports injuries such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and meniscal injuries.

Throughout our facilities we provide patients with access to many of the most accomplished knee surgeons in the United Kingdom, recognised internationally for their contributions to advancing the field of knee surgery.

We recently pioneered robotic-assisted partial and total knee replacement surgery at The Princess Grace Hospital, improving the accuracy and precision of joint replacement surgery and consequently helping to reduce recovery times.


As a result, we have gained an international reputation for clinical excellence in knee surgery, drawing patients from across the country and overseas.

Our expert knee consultants

Our knee surgeons are leaders in their field, pioneering robotic-assisted joint replacement surgery and other minimally invasive knee surgery techniques. Working within expert multidisciplinary teams involving specialist physiotherapists and nurses, radiologists and sports medicine consultants, our knee specialists are able to offer patients the highest possible levels of care. 

Double knee replacement Claire's Story

The Wellington gave me my life back and I am forever grateful.
Claire

Knee patient

After suffering from arthritis in both knees for many years, Claire was referred to an orthopaedic consultant who recommended a bilateral (double) knee replacement — a procedure where both knee joints are replaced at the same time. 

It is a complex and technically difficult operation to perform, so it was essential for Claire to find an experienced knee surgeon she could trust. After extensive research, Claire met Mr Howard Ware, consultant orthopaedic surgeon and director of the Knee Unit at The Wellington Hospital. 

Claire said: "I trusted Howard on sight and he didn’t fail me. I won’t say that I loved every minute of my stay, but I couldn’t have had better care." She thought she might be self-conscious about her scars but was pleased with the cosmetic outcome. Claire added: "My scars are amazing, you can hardly notice them. I have to point them out to people".

Our knee care

Whether you're an elite athlete with a complex anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, or you're experiencing debilitating knee joint arthritis, our world-class knee surgeons offer patients the highest levels of care. They continue to lead the field in both innovation and in the number of knee surgeries performed each year.

  • Anterior cruciate ligament injury

    Need to know

    The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is a band of strong band of cord like tissue that runs across and inside your knee to keep it stable. Tearing the ACL is a common sports injury, which may happen during an awkward landing, impact or sudden change of direction that results in a twisting mechanism. Our...

  • Knee pain

    Need to know

    If you have pain, discomfort, swelling or restricted movement in your knee, it can affect every aspect of your day-to-day life. These problems may result from an injury or wear and tear that gets worse over time. Our knee specialists are here to help diagnose a wide range of injuries and conditions,...

  • Knee sprain

    Need to know

    If you have pain, swelling or tenderness around or inside your knee, you may have a knee sprain. Sprains can happen if you've damaged or injured the muscles or one of the four ligaments that support the knee. Ligament sprains are graded (from one to three), depending on how bad your injury is. Common...

  • Cartilage injury

    Need to know

    Cartilage is the resilient, flexible tissue covering the internal surfaces of our joint, found throughout our bodies. It acts as a cushion and allowing bones to slide over one another. It can become damaged as a result of sudden injury or gradual wear and tear. Minor injuries may get better on their...

  • Meniscal injury

    Need to know

    A meniscus tear is a common sports injury, and can affect people of all ages. The menisci (plural of meniscus) are c-shaped structures which protect the knee. In younger people, they are tough and rubbery but can tear when twisted with force. In older people, the menisci become less elastic and can be...

  • Osteochondral defects

    Need to know

    An osteochondral defect is a localised area of surface cartilage damage. This also involves the underlying bone (osteo) beneath the surface cartilage and the overlying shock absorbing surface cartilage (chondral) itself. 

  • Patella instability

    Need to know

    The patella is a very important part of your knee joint forming part of the extensor mechanism. This is the chain of structures at the front of your leg that provide the ability for the knee to straighten. Patellar instability refers to a knee cap that moves out of position.

  • Patellofemoral pain syndrome

    Need to know

    Patellofemoral pain syndrome is a term used to describe pain at the front of your knee and around the kneecap (patella). The pain and stiffness can make it difficult to perform everyday activities such as using stairs, kneeling and squatting.

  • Ligament injuries

    Need to know

    Ligaments are tough, flexible tissues which connect one bone to another bone and hold them in place. When too much force is applied to a ligament, it can become injured or torn. This makes the joint unstable.

  • Microfracture surgery

    Need to know

    Surface cartilage covers the ends of the bones that form your joints. Smooth, healthy cartilage allows the bones to glide across each other smoothly and painlessly as you move. If you have significant damage to an isolated patch of the surface cartilage in your knee, your consultant might recommend microfracture...

  • Arthroscopic meniscectomy

    Need to know

    Damage to the cushioning cartilage within the knee (meniscus) can happen at any age. A meniscectomy is a key hole procedure to remove the damaged part of this cartilage. This procedure aims to reduce pain and swelling in the knee and improve function.

  • Chondroplasty

    Need to know

    This procedure smoothes over loose, roughened surface cartilage covering your bone. It is normally an option for mild cartilage wear and is done as arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery, and is best placed for mechanical symptoms such as clicking and catching.

  • Knee arthroscopy

    Need to know

    If you have pain or stiffness in your knees, arthroscopy is a straightforward procedure that allows your consultant to see inside your knee joint using a small surgical camera (arthroscope) and identify the problem. Arthroscopy is used to diagnose and treat a range of common knee problems without the...

  • Knee re-alignment surgery

    Need to know

    This procedure can redistribute weight in an an arthritic knee joint, taking pressure off the painful part of your joint. Your leg is surgically broken and then re-set. The main benefits of this surgery is that the joint surface and bones will be saved for the time being. However, if the knee deteriorates...

  • Knee replacement surgery

    Need to know

    The most common cause of knee joint pain in the older age group is arthritis, which can be brought on by wear and tear (osteoarthritis), inflammatory disease (rheumatoid arthritis) or injury (post-traumatic arthritis). A total or partial knee replacement involves replacing the damaged joint surfaces...

  • Kneecap joint replacement surgery

    Need to know

    The most common cause of knee joint pain is arthritis, which can be brought on by age (osteoarthritis), inflammatory disease (rheumatoid arthritis) or injury (post-traumatic arthritis). A partial knee replacement involves replacing the damaged kneecap with a joint-shaped implant.

  • Partial knee replacement

    Need to know

    This procedure treats advanced osteoarthritis affecting just one compartment of the knee joint. During the surgery, worn bone and cartilage is resurfaced with metal and plastic implants. As partial knee replacement involves a smaller incision, it's a preferred alternative to total knee replacement,...

  • Revision anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction

    Need to know

    You might need to undergo revision ligament reconstruction in your knee for a number of reasons. This includes infection, incorrect positioning of the graft at the time of the first procedure, or injuring the graft through a further injury.

  • Fracture

    Need to know

    A fracture (or broken bone) refers to a loss in the continuity of a bone. They are normally caused by a high-force impact, stress (over a period of time) or as a result of another bone-weakening condition, such as osteogenesis imperfecta, osteoporosis or bone cancer. If you've suffered a bone fracture,...

  • Joint inflammation caused by sport injury

    Need to know

    Many sports put sustained pressure on joints, leading to overuse injuries and pain. Sometimes injuries in sport lead to traumatic damage to joints, causing joint swelling and synovitis.

  • Muscle strains and sprains

    Need to know

    Muscle strains and sprains can be a common consequence of playing sport. These may occur from physical contact or not warming up properly before playing. You will likely experience pain, swelling and tightness in the pain area. Your consultant can help to diagnose and discuss a range of treatment options...

  • Osteoarthritis

    Need to know

    Over the years, wear and tear affects cartilage in the joints, causing pain, weakness and stiffness. This is known as osteoarthritis (OA). It can affect any joint but is most common in the knees, hip, and spine. It is a degenerative condition and often starts in people over 50-years-old but can affect...

  • Osteoporosis

    Need to know

    Osteoporosis is a condition that weakens bones, making them fragile and more likely to break. The condition develops slowly, as people lose bone mass after the age of 35. Post-menopausal women are particularly susceptible. The most common injuries in people with osteoporosis are wrist and hip fractures,...

  • PRP injections

    Need to know

    Stem cells and platelets are naturally occurring substances found in blood, and they can be injected into the body to help promote the recovery of injured muscles, tendons, joints and ligaments. They are referred to as platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections. The substances are injected into injured tissue...

  • Autologous cartilage-cell implantation

    Need to know

    Autologous cartilage-cell implantation provides pain relief and delays the need for partial or total knee replacement surgery. The aim is to allow you to return to your old lifestyle; regaining mobility, returning to work and even playing sports again. It forms part of a clinical research project.

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Knee technology

Robotic technology has transformed the way we plan and perform partial and total knee replacement surgery. At The Princess Grace Hospital, we offer the MAKO robotic arm-assisted joint replacement surgery — a ground-breaking piece of technology, which offers minimally-invasive surgery and pin-point precision and implant placement. This means less tissue damage during surgery, reduced pain after surgery and quicker recovery times.

Knee facilities

Our state-of-the-art knee units are available at convenient locations across the UK and offer swift diagnosis and access to leading knee surgeons.

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