Hip and Knee Surgery


The Hip and Knee Team offer a range of services, including:


  • Knee Arthroscopy and Ligament Reconstruction
  • Hip Arthroscopy and Impingement Surgery (joint preserving)
  • Osteotomy surgery in Young Persons (joint preserving) – an operation to move the painful forces going through an affected joint, without replacing it, by moving the position of the bones.
  • Hip and Knee Replacement and Complex Joint Replacement - to replace an arthritic or damaged joint or for patients with inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid disease, gout or psoriasis. This includes abnormal joints, young people, elderly people, previous operations on joints or Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • Revision Hip and Knee Replacement and Complex Reconstructions -Revisions can be done several times but become much more complicated and are best undertaken in a centre with high volumes of such surgery. This includes loosened joint replacement, infected hip and knee replacement and painful joint replacements


Hip and Knee replacement surgery


The Hip and Knee Replacement Unit at RJAH specialises in complex primary and revision joint replacement, otherwise known as arthroplasty.


As one of the top specialist hip and knee replacement centres in the UK, performing over 2,600 joint replacements each year, the hospital has also developed as a leading referral centre for the treatment of difficult joint replacements, revision joint replacements and infected joint replacements.


The development of new prostheses and grafting techniques are a particular speciality utilising a range of donor bone grafts to tantalum and titanium augments. 


Patients can be reassured by our specialist expertise and our consistently low infection rates.


At RJAH, we have been leading the way in enhanced recovery, meaning that patients can walk on the day of surgery reducing the risk of complications such as blood clots. These patients usually leave hospital on the day of their operation, or as soon as possible after when safe to do so. Please visit our dedicated Enhanced Recovery pages for more information.


The implants we use for joint replacement vary according to the individual patient’s need from simple replacements to sophisticated implants for complicated cases.


The hospital specialises in revision surgery, accepting over 300 referrals from other hospitals both locally and nationally making us a ‘tertiary referral centre.’ We have fellowship trained surgeons to undertake this very specialist area. This means they have undertaken extra training at world renowned centres in specialist areas covering the fields of infection, fractures and joint failure.


We also offer hip arthroscopy to treat problems that do not require joint replacement in younger patients, such as groin pain.


We have an established specialist Knee and Sports Injuries service to treat soft tissue, cartilage and ligament problems of the groin, knee, shoulder, ankle - problems associated with sporting injuries in athletes. The majority of this is carried out as day case arthroscopic (key hole) surgery and followed by intensive physiotherapy under the care of our specialist sports physiotherapy team.


We also have a Young Hip Team which treats congenital hip dislocations and childhood hip problems. Please click here to view more information about our Children's Unit.