Orthopaedic Specialists brings together a team of leading knee experts from across Europe, who are all global leaders in their respective fields and have been instrumental in developing many of the ground-breaking treatments they use. Working individually or as a team, patients can be reassured that they will get the most appropriate treatment.
Professor Adrian Wilson is a world-leading knee and sports injury specialist who has pioneered a number of evidence-based techniques for knee preservation and repair. These include new, minimally invasive procedures for knee realignment (osteotomy) and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair.
Professor Wilson and Mr Raghbir Khakha have together developed a revolutionary way of carrying out knee replacements, offering patients less pain, a quicker recovery and shorter operating time. They regularly work as a team, treating patients with osteoarthritis, sports injuries and run dedicated clinics for children’s knee problems at The Children’s Knee Clinic at The Portland Hospital for Women and Children in London.
Professor Philip Schoettle is an internationally recognised expert in reconstructive knee surgery, and is known most widely for his surgical expertise in treating kneecap (patella) dislocation and instability.
Mr Kristian Kley is known worldwide for his pioneering new techniques in knee osteotomy surgery, many of which have become accepted practice across the globe. Based in Hannover, Germany, he brings his vast experience to the Orthopaedic Specialists team.
Together, Professor Wilson, Mr van Heerwaarden, Mr Kley and Mr Khakha have set up the London Knee Osteotomy Centre, which brings together leading osteotomy surgeons from across Europe, all passionate about, and dedicated to, joint preservation.
The knee joint is made up of two parts. The part of the knee between the end of the thigh bone (femur) and the top of the shin bone (tibia) is called the tibiofemoral joint. The patellofemoral joint is between the end of the thigh bone (femur) and the kneecap (patella).
The knee joint is surrounded by synovial fluid which keeps it lubricated. The bones are covered by smooth joint surface (articular) cartilage that allows them to glide smoothly together without friction. If the joint surface is damaged through wear and tear or a knee injury, arthritis can develop.
These are found inside your knee joint. They cross each other to form an “X” with the anterior cruciate ligament in front and the posterior cruciate ligament at the back. The cruciate ligaments control the back and forth motion of your knee.
These are found on the sides of your knee. The medial or “inside” collateral ligament (MCL) connects the femur to the tibia. The lateral or “outside” collateral ligament (LCL) connects the femur to the smaller bone in the lower leg (fibula). The collateral ligaments control the sideways motion of your knee and brace it against unusual movement.
There are two meniscal cartilages in the knee that act as shock absorbers – one on the inner and one on the outer side. They sit between the curved lower part of the thigh bone and the flat upper part of the shin bone. Their job is to evenly distribute the load from the thigh bone to shin bone when walking and to provide knee stability. If the menisci are damaged, this can cause the cartilage beneath to become damaged and develop arthritis.