New technology for treating hip and knee pain
Can new mini implants or stem cell therapy help you get back to what you enjoy doing?
If you suffer from hip or knee pain it is often difficult to understand where to seek treatment, and what type of treatment to have. The internet is full of promising remedies, ranging from special footwear to expensive robots helping the surgeon during your operation! In this article Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Imbuldeniya talks about some new therapies that he thinks are worth researching and understanding, as they have shown some early promise.
Stem cell therapy
Stem cells are cells that are harvested from your own body, and have the ability to transform into new cells. They are taken from your own bone marrow or blood, and whilst techniques can vary, generally they are re-implanted via injection (often on a mini scaffold) back into your knee to help form new cartilage. The formation of this new cartilage usually takes between 6-12 weeks, during which time the patient can only perform limited weight bearing activities.
Stem cell therapy treatments vary greatly in how they are administered, and their benefit is still being evaluated. In principle, however, they appear to be a safe option for patients, with low-quality research demonstrating at least some short-term improvement in patients’ symptoms. This is particularly the case for those with knee pain and localised areas of wear and tear.
Mini partial knee resurfacing
Active patients with small areas of wear and tear in their knees and hips have posed a difficult problem for Orthopaedic surgeons over the years. This is because treatment was mostly limited to painkillers and pain-relieving injections, meaning that the physical activities the patients enjoyed often had to be avoided.
Partial knee resurfacing is a new treatment that involves the surgical placement of ‘mini-implants’ within the knee that are typically between 1 and 2cm in diameter. These implants are specifically designed to replace small, problematic areas, and because they are strong, flexible and help provide lubrication they can help maintain the patients’ quality of life for a long time.
About Mr Imbuldeniya
Mr Imbuldeniya believes the 3 pillars for providing outstanding patient care are innovation, compassion and excellence, which is why he started the ICE Ortho Clinic. He treats a wide range of patients with hip and knee problems and is an advocate of utilising cutting edge, precise technology.
Mr Imbuldeniya has been fortunate to receive his education and training from some of the most prestigious institutions and surgeons in the world, and alongside his extensive Orthopaedic training has a Masters Degree in Health Policy. This has allowed him to collaborate with NGO’s, the medical device industry, researchers at Imperial College, NHS commissioners and allied health practitioners. Recent examples of his innovative work are computer assisted partial knee replacement surgery, virtual fracture clinics and sterile drill covers.
Regular clinics are held at:
- The London Clinic (London W1G 6BW)
- BMI Syon Clinic (Brentford TW8 9DU)
- BMI Clementine Churchill Hospital (Harrow HA1 3RX)