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  • The open meeting of the Valencia European Knee Society earlier this month saw an important consensus reached that shifted the balance from total to partial knee replacement. Prof. Nick London explains. The European Knee Society (EKS) holds two types of meetings. Annual closed meetings (such as the one that took place in France earlier thisContinue Reading

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    The cost/benefit of robot assisted knee surgery: Prof. Nick London explores why, for the time being, the computer still says ‘no’. The recent meeting of the European Knee Society in Valencia saw a robust discussion about robot assisted knee surgery between advocates of the process who are starting to produce some supportive medium-term data, andContinue Reading

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    Jon Smith explains a technique he’s using in ACL reconstruction. *Photo courtesy of KARL STORZ Endoscopy UK Ltd The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is one of the main restraining ligaments of the knee. It sits in the centre of the knee and runs from the back of the thigh bone to the front of theContinue Reading

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    YKC’s Jon Smith looks at the implications of a report designed to ensure fewer knee procedures require revision. Earlier this month, a study was published which looked at the guidance available to knee surgeons for classifying knee revisions (that is, work to correct or revise previous surgery). Revision knee classification is important, because only whenContinue Reading

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    Jon Smith explores the high points from the recent BASK Conference in Brighton. The British Association for Surgery of the Knee (BASK) is one of the largest surgical sub-specialist organisations in the UK, bringing together knee surgeons with the single aim of improving patient care. Every year, members gather for an annual conference where theyContinue Reading

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    What is the posterolateral corner and how might an injury to the corner affect you? Jon Smith explains. You don’t have to be a knee surgeon to have an understanding of some anatomical terms for the knee. If you follow or play sport, chances are you’ll be familiar with ACL injuries and meniscal tears. AndContinue Reading

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    Jon Smith queries a new procedure to reduce the pain of osteoarthritis. If you have osteoarthritis (OA), you won’t need me to tell you how painful it can be. Caused by the grinding of bone against bone as your protective knee cartilage wears away, OA is a chronic (i.e. long lasting) pain condition that canContinue Reading

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    We speak with Yorkshire Knee Clinic’s Jim Newman about the importance of the patient conversation. “Mr Newman … told me about the total knee replacement – he carefully explained what would happen and even showed me the implant.” Anthony Malcolm “Nick talks to you as if you’ve got a brain (and not all surgeons doContinue Reading

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    A recent report suggested that almost 300,000 extra operations could be carried out in England if surgeons planned their holidays in advance. Yorkshire Knee Clinic’s Jim Newman agrees. Ideally, your local NHS hospital should be able to run operating theatres 52 weeks a year. That it can’t is down to several factors – not leastContinue Reading

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    Jim Newman looks at a new prototype designed to help monitor knee loads – and has some concerns. Knee loading is of critical importance to a knee surgeon. For most of us, balancing the loads (that is, the forces passing through our knees) is something we do naturally. Whenever you shift your stance, perhaps becauseContinue Reading

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