Chris Rees: Consultant Knee Surgeon, Chelmsford, Essex
Consultant Knee Surgeon, Chelmsford, Essex: Chris Rees
A highly trained knee surgeon with a special interest in the management of sporting and traumatic knee injuries, offering the full range of modern reconstructive techniques, including arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, cartilage transplantation and Oxinium knee replacement, based in Essex.
Mr Chris Rees is Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex. He provides private assessment and treatment for knee problems at Springfield Hospital, Chelmsford.
A specialist in reconstructive knee surgery
Mr Rees qualified in medicine from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in 1994 and undertook his basic surgical training at a number of London hospitals, including the Hammersmith Hospital and the Royal Brompton Hospital. Choosing to specialise in trauma and orthopaedic surgery, he underwent further training at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) in Stanmore, Middlesex, completing his training with a prestigious British Association for Surgery of the Knee (BASK) Fellowship at the Derbyshire Royal Infirmary, Derby and the Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham.
While committed to using surgical implants and techniques that are clinically tested and based on 'Best Practice' guidelines published by the British Orthopaedic Association, Mr Rees works at the forefront of new developments in knee surgery and is happy to discuss the very latest treatment options, such as computer-assisted and minimally invasive surgery, cartilage transplantation and the long-wearing Oxinium knee implant, with patients of all ages to find the most appropriate solution in each individual case. He always works closely with experienced radiographers and skilled physiotherapists to offer a comprehensive team approach to diagnosis and treatment.
Knee conditions treated by Mr Chris Rees
Mr Rees offers expert assessment and treatment for the full range of conditions affecting the knee, including:
- Fractures around the knee
- Knee ligament damage
- Meniscal tear
- Anterior cruciate ligament rupture
- Knee cartilage damage
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Kneecap instability
From left to right: an Oxinium knee implant during total knee replacement surgery, an X-ray after knee replacement, arthroscopic ACL reconstruction
Knee cartilage transplantation in Essex
The bones of the knee joint are covered with articular
cartilage, a smooth, frictionless material that allows the bones to move
smoothly over one another. Unfortunately, articular cartilage does not have any blood
vessels and therefore has a very limited ability to heal itself after
injury. Damage as a result of a sudden direct blow can cause persistent
pain and knee instability and will eventually lead to the development
Mr Rees is one of only a few surgeons in the UK
currently trained in cartilage transplantation surgery, a revolutionary
new procedure to create a graft from a sample of a patient's own knee
cartilage cells in the laboratory. Following guidelines established by
NICE, the procedure involves two arthroscopic (keyhole) operations, one
to remove the sample of cartilage, and the other to cover the defect
with the graft. Although still experimental, early results for
cartilage transplantation appear to be favourable, with one study
reporting very good results in 80% of patients at one year follow-up.
Springfield Hospital is one of Essex's leading private hospitals
Oxinium knee replacement
Knee replacement surgery is now a very commonplace and
successful operation, however conventional implants made of two cobalt
chrome components separated by a plastic spacer are eventually prone to wear and
usually need replacing after 10 to 15 years, and even sooner in
younger, more active patients.
Mr Rees is among the few surgeons in the UK currently
offering knee replacement surgery using an implant made of Oxinium, an
alloy of zirconium that forms a ceramic surface when it is oxidised,
while retaining a metal core. Combining the properties of an
exceptionally friction-free surface with strength, in tests Oxinium has
shown an 85% decrease in the wear of the polythene spacer when compared
to cobalt chrome, greatly increasing longevity and making it a suitable option for patients under 65
years of age.
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