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Prosthetics and orthotics

Replacement or support for body parts

Our team of orthopaedic surgeons are experts at determining when a prosthetic or orthotic may be the best option for your treatment

Overview

Prosthetics are artificial body parts for people who have a natural limb missing or a joint that has become damaged. Orthotics provide supportive braces and splints for people with conditions of the limbs or spine. Our experienced, multidisciplinary team can determine when a prosthetic or orthotic may be the right option for you. A prosthetic may be appropriate when a long-term condition causes you pain (which can't be relieved with medication) and effects a vital aspect of your daily life, such as walking. Hip replacement and knee surgery are two examples. There are many variations in the design of prosthetics, and they can be made from metal, ceramic or plastic. In some cases, an off-the-shelf or custom-made orthotic may be the right option for improving your movement. For example, an arch support for the treatment of lower limb injuries to correct poor foot alignment.

Expertise

Our team of orthopaedic surgeons have the expertise to treat complex orthopaedic conditions using the latest prosthetics and orthotics

  • Knee 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 total or partial knee replacement involves replacing the damaged joint surfaces with an artificial implant.

  • Hip replacement surgery

    Need to know

    If you suffer from hip pain that hasn't responded to other types of treatment, such as steroid injections, your consultant may recommend a hip replacement. During this type of surgery, your hip joint is replaced with an artificial one (known as a prosthesis). It may be metal, ceramic or plastic.

  • Ankle replacement

    Need to know

    Ankle arthritis is an uncommon condition, but because it can happen after ankle fractures and severe ankle sprains, it can affect young working adults. Your consultant may recommend ankle replacement surgery if you have advanced arthritis or if your painful symptoms haven't responded to other treatments....

  • Shoulder joint replacement surgery

    Need to know

    Your shoulder is a ball and socket joint. The ball should move freely in its socket. If it is damaged by injury or worn away it can become painful and stiff. Your consultant may recommend shoulder joint replacement surgery if non-surgical options like physiotherapy and medication aren't working.

  • Elbow replacement surgery

    Need to know

    If your elbow joints have suffered wear and tear, a condition like arthritis or an injury, moving them can become progressively painful. Your consultant may recommend elbow replacement surgery if other options like physiotherapy and medication haven't helped alleviate your condition.

  • Foot orthotics

    Need to know

    Foot posture refers to the the arch of your feet and how weight is distributed across your heel, toes and the ball of your foot. Flat feet (overpronation) or high arches (supination) are two extremes of foot posture. Both can be an underlying cause of chronic pain, potentially affecting your legs, hips...

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Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 3131 7216
    Enquiries 020 3130 6833

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

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