Complex knee surgery

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At Practice Plus Group we offer fast access to high quality complex knee surgery via self-pay, insured and NHS routes.


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If you’re dealing with a complex knee injury, we understand it can be a difficult and daunting time. At Practice Plus Group, we aim to make the healthcare process as straightforward as possible for our customers. Which is why we offer fast access to high-quality complex knee
through several channels: self-pay, insured, and NHS. Our experienced orthopaedic surgeons specialise in treating a wide range of knee conditions and strive to deliver meticulous and bespoke care.

What is a complex knee injury?

A complex knee injury refers to damage to more than one structure in your knee. Almost all complex knee injuries involve either the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and/or posterior cruciate ligament (PCL). So, what makes knee surgery complex? Complex knee surgery deals with a combination of injuries, often to multiple ligaments during the same procedure. The following are some examples of complex knee injuries.

Complex tear in the knee

A complex tear in the knee often refers to large meniscal damage that may require repair. These tears can render the knee significantly less functional, whilst the torn fragments can cause symptoms of pain and instability.

Multiple ligament knee injuries

Your knee ligaments connect your thigh bone to your lower leg bones. The anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments (ACL and PCL) are the two main ligaments of the knee, while the medial collateral (MCL) and lateral collateral ligaments (LCL) are found on the sides of your knee.

Multi-ligament knee injuries occur when two or more of the four major ligaments in the knee are damaged. This can cause significant pain and instability. Athletes who participate in direct contact sports (such as football or rugby) are more likely to injure their multiple knee ligaments.

Torn ACL

A torn ACL is a common knee injury, particularly among athletes. It occurs when the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the knee is torn or ruptured, causing pain, swelling, and instability.

Types of complex knee surgeries

All knee surgery can be complex depending on the type of surgery that needs to be carried out. There is a range of complex knee surgeries, including:

Complex knee ligament knee reconstruction

Complex knee ligament reconstructive surgery is a surgical procedure that involves the repair or reconstruction of damaged knee ligaments. It is typically used to treat complex knee injuries that involve multiple damaged ligaments.

Complex knee revision surgery

Knee revision surgery is a complex procedure that involves replacing a patient’s previous knee replacement with a new prosthesis. This procedure can be challenging for both the patient and surgeon due to the difficulty of extracting the old implant.

What happens during complex knee surgery?

During your consultation, your surgeon will discuss with you in depth the different stages of your procedure. This will include the equipment used, challenges faced, and how long it is likely to last.

It’s highly likely you’ll be given a general anaesthetic for the procedure.

Who is complex knee surgery for?

Complex knee surgery is typically recommended for patients experiencing:

  • severe knee pain
  • instability
  • stiffness due to degenerative conditions
  • multiple injuries to the knee.

Your surgeon will evaluate your condition and determine if complex knee surgery is right for you.

Preparing for complex knee surgery

Your surgeon will provide specific instructions on how to prepare for your complex knee surgery. These will likely include some or all of the following:

  • recommended exercises
  • what to eat and drink pre-surgery
  • what medications to take or avoid
  • how to prepare your home for recovery.

Complex knee surgery costs

The price of complex knee surgery in the UK ranges from around £10,000 to £16,000, with the most common quote settling around £12,000.

The total cost will depend on the type of surgery you need, the damage to your knee, and the location of the hospital.

At Practice Plus Group, we offer a range of complex knee surgery payment options. These are self-pay, insured, and NHS routes.

Complex knee surgery risks and complications

Like any surgery, complex knee procedures carry risks and complications. These include:

  • knee stiffness
  • infection
  • blood clots (deep vein thrombosis)
  • nerve and blood vessel damage
  • ligament injuries
  • patella (kneecap) dislocation
  • local skin numbness
  • need for further surgery (revision).

Complex knee surgery benefits and results

When successful, complex knee surgery can provide a range of benefits and long-term results. These include:

  • relief from pain and discomfort in the knee area
  • improved range of motion and mobility
  • resumption of normal daily activities
  • correction of deformities or instability in the knee joint.

Your surgeon will discuss the expected results of your specific surgery with you.

Complex knee surgery recovery

Recovery varies depending on the type and extent of your surgery, your age, and your general health. It may take several months or longer to fully recover from knee surgery. This can vary depending on your age and general health. Most patients can resume their normal activities a month or two after surgery. However, returning to sports may take up to six months or beyond.

Physiotherapy is a crucial factor in your recovery. It will help you regain strength and mobility in the affected knee.

Most patients will be able to be discharged on the same day as their surgery.

Multiple ligament knee surgery recovery timeline

Recovery from multiple ligament knee surgery can be extensive and challenging. It may also take several months to fully recover. Your surgeon will provide specific instructions and a recovery timeline based on your individual situation.

Find complex knee surgeons and consultants

At Practice Plus Group, our team of experienced orthopaedic surgeons specialises in complex knee surgery.

Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our certified surgeons and consultants and get you the care you need to improve your knee health and mobility.

Why choose Practice Plus Group?

At Practice Plus Group Hospitals, we’re passionate about giving patients a positive experience and excellent clinical outcomes, with personalised care every step of the way. Whether you’re paying for yourself or using private medical insurance, with our short waiting times, unrivalled Care Quality Commission (CQC) ratings and high levels of cleanliness and infection control, we’ll make sure you’re looked after. In fact, we were the first provider to have all services rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC.

Complex knee surgery FAQs

Not yet found the information you’re looking for? Here are some FAQs about complex knee surgery.

Yes. Knee reconstruction is a major surgery that involves significant incisions and surgical techniques.

Knee replacement surgery is one of the most common types of knee surgery. This is because it can provide long-term relief from pain and discomfort caused by arthritis or other degenerative conditions.

There are many technological advancements in knee surgery. These include 3D printing of implants and advanced imaging techniques. Your surgeon can discuss these advancements and their potential benefits with you.

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