Orthopaedic surgery

We see patients who might benefit from an operation to treat problems affecting their joints, muscles or bones.

You may be offered an appointment with one of our orthopaedic surgeons directly from your GP referral. You may also be transferred to us after first being seen and assessed by an extended scope practitioner (ESP) who is part of our therapies service. ESPs are specialist physiotherapists who are able to provide simple non-surgical treatment for a range of conditions.

What happens at the clinic?

Before your operation you will be assessed by one of our orthopaedic surgeons. They will talk to you and examine the part of the body affected. They may arrange for you to have more investigations such as blood tests, x-rays, MRI scans, CT scans and ultrasound scans to help them with their diagnosis and to plan the most appropriate treatment for you.

Preparing for your appointment

Please bring a list of your current medications and any allergies you have to your first appointment. It would also be helpful if you wear loose fitting clothing, or skirts/shorts for hip and knee examinations.

What we treat

Common problems that we treat include:

  • arthritis affecting all types of joints
  • other joint problems
  • cartilage, ligament nerve and tendon problems in all limbs.

Our Self-help section gives you more information about the range of problems we care for and what you can do to manage your condition.

Treatments we offer

We offer a full range of surgical treatment for a variety of conditions. These include:

  • joint replacement
  • revision joint replacement
  • arthroscopic (keyhole) knee, ankle and shoulder surgery
  • ligament and tendon repair.

We also advise you about things you can do yourself, such as losing weight and exercising to keep the muscles around the problem joint(s) strong.

Where can I have my treatment?

We hold outpatient clinics at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup. Most of our patients have their surgery at King’s Orthopaedic Centre at Orpington Hospital, but if your consultant thinks it is more appropriate you may have it at King’s College Hospital.

If you would like your consultation at another NHS hospital, please tell your consultant.

What happens next?

Once you have been discharged after surgery, you may be transferred to our therapies service at Queen Mary’s Hospital for physiotherapy to help with your recovery.