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  • Category Archives: Knee Surgery

    Fresh from his latest fell run, Yorkshire Knee Clinic’s Jon Smith explains why running isn’t so hard on the knees after all. Osteoarthritis is a painful and debilitating condition. It happens when the cartilage within the knee wears away, leaving bone to rub on bone. And if I asked 100 people about the everyday thingsContinue Reading

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    As a BBC article explores what one surgeon believes is a growing dexterity problem with trainee surgeons, Yorkshire Knee Clinic’s Jon Smith considers whether robots are likely to help or compound the problem. It’s really not the trainee surgeons’ fault. In an NHS creaking at the seams, with growing patient numbers and the constraints ofContinue Reading

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    As York CCG restricts surgery for 2,500 patients, Jon Smith explores the technical, clinical and ethical debate surrounding healthcare rationing. We’ve written about healthcare rationing on these pages before, but an article in the York Press brought things rather closer to home recently. Since York Clinical Commissioning Group (the body that decides who gets theContinue Reading

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    Can you really have a knee replacement operation and be home the same day? Yorkshire Knee Clinic’s Jon Smith explains why, in the case of partial knee replacements, the answer is often ‘yes’. We’ve referenced the US healthcare system many times in these pages, often in relation to insightful research and studies; occasionally for theContinue Reading

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    A partial knee replacement carried out by Yorkshire Knee Clinic’s Professor Nick London has given one retired nurse a new lease of life, and made the pages of the Yorkshire Evening Post. Carol Thornton, from Horsforth, told the Post that osteoarthritis had left her in agony. Walking was extremely painful and she’d had to giveContinue Reading

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    Yorkshire Knee Clinic’s Jim Newman explores the relationship between mental health and knee pain. In one of the least surprising research outcomes I can remember, a study from the University of Virginia recently revealed patients with knee pain “have lower subjective mental health and physical health than healthy individuals”. It’s difficult to argue with theContinue Reading

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    How many partial knee replacements has your surgeon carried out? The National Joint Registry will tell you. As funding for knee surgery on the NHS becomes ever tighter, the numbers of people choosing to see our knee consultants privately is increasing. In many ways, that puts the power with you. Rather than accepting the surgeonContinue Reading

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    In the latest in our season of articles exploring the role of technology in knee surgery, Jim Newman discusses one tool that’s proving particularly useful in partial knee replacements where patients have unusual anatomy. A huge part of knee replacement surgery takes place long before the patient ever reaches the operating theatre. As a kneeContinue Reading

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    …And how will you and your knee surgeon decide which is the right graft for you? Yorkshire Knee Clinic’s Jim Newman explores the options. If you read the sports pages of your newspaper, ACL reconstruction is a phrase you’ll be all too familiar with, although you may not know what’s involved. If you’re unlucky enoughContinue Reading

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    In the latest in our season on the emerging technology in knee surgery, Prof. Nick London cuts through the marketing to explore the decisions that really are critical to the success of your knee surgery. Do a quick Google search of the latest news surrounding total or partial knee replacements and you could be forgivenContinue Reading

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