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As the NHS begins to move a little closer to business as usual what does that mean for your knee operation?

At time of writing (27 May) the situation is as follows:

The first lists for elective surgery (that is, surgery planned in advance as opposed to emergency cases) will be released on Thursday 28 May.

Will my NHS knee op go ahead?

It’s important to say that the situation varies from hospital to hospital depending on local needs. Speaking with regard to Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, for which he is Head of Clinical Service for Trauma and Orthopaedics, Jim Newman said:

“Until the end of June the trust is using the capacity agreed between the NHS and Spire Methley Park Hospital [a private facility] to treat NHS patients at Methley Park.”

Jim has spent the last three weeks with his team developing the safest possible treatment pathways. For that reason, as surgery resumes, the first cohort of patients will be young, fit and otherwise healthy patients whose surgery can be completed as day cases.

“For me,” Jim confirmed, “That will mean meniscal repairs and some knee ligament reconstruction. We will be treating smaller numbers initially as we ensure safety procedures are robust. As part of those safety procedures, we have been asking patients to isolate with family for two weeks before their operation and they will be asked to continue this isolation for two weeks afterwards.”

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Whilst elements of lockdown remain this form of quarantine may be manageable for some patients but there is an acceptance that, as lockdown eases, the situation becomes more challenging as more patients are eager for a swift return to work. All procedures will therefore remain under constant review to ensure they respond to the changing situation.

If your operation is due to proceed you will hear from your hospital.

Can I have my knee operation privately?

Some private hospitals are now allowing urgent cases to proceed, although the capacity to do so varies from location to location depending on agreements with the NHS and other local factors. For other facilities it’s a case of no news yet, although that is likely to change soon.

If your procedure can be scheduled you will hear from your hospital.

I’m on an NHS waiting list. Can I switch to private?

Yes, although you should be aware that this will not necessarily mean your operation takes place immediately for the reasons noted above.

If you would like to explore your options for private orthopaedic treatment, please talk to us.

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James Newman

James Newman

Consultant Knee Surgeon at the Yorkshire Knee Clinic

“I’m walking normally now - no sticks or anything. I’d like to thank Mr Newman for what he’s done for me. It’s been life changing.”

Paul Morgan, YKC patient

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