Jason Auld: Consultant Knee Surgeon, Northamptonshire
Consultant Knee Surgeon, Northamptonshire: Jason Auld
A Northampton based knee surgeon with a special interest in knee arthritis and sports injuries, offering the full range of treatments for knee conditions, including arthroscopic repair of cartilage and ligaments, and knee replacement surgery.
Mr Jason Auld is Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust. He offers private treatment for knee problems at BMI Three Shires Hospital, Northampton.
A highly trained knee surgeon in Northamptonshire
Trained in London, Oxford and Sydney, Mr Auld is an experienced trauma and orthopaedic surgeon with specialist expertise in knee surgery. While he has a particular interest in the arthroscopic (keyhole) treatment of cartilage and ligament injuries to the knee, and knee replacement surgery, he is skilled in the management of all traumatic and degenerative conditions affecting the knee joint.
Knee conditions treated by Mr Jason Auld
Mr Auld offers expert assessment and treatment of a wide range of knee conditions, including:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury
- Posterior cruciate ligament injury
- Medial collateral ligament injury
- Postero Lateral Corner injury
- Mensical cartilage tear
- Lower limb fractures
- Sports injuries to the knee
- Genu valgum (knock knees)
- Genu valrum (bow-leggedness)
Expert assessment and treatment of knee arthritis
The surfaces of the knee joint are covered with
cartilage, a smooth, flexible material that allows the bone surfaces to
move easily over one another. If this cartilage becomes damaged, as a
result of the degenerative changes associated with ageing, traumatic injury
or disease, the resultant friction and rubbing in the joint causes
the bone destruction associated with arthritis.
Mr Auld offers expert assessment of arthritic symptoms
such as knee pain and swelling. In many cases he is able to manage the condition non-surgically using treatments such as physiotherapy,
painkillers and other medication, cortisone injections and advice on
lifestyle changes. In cases where these types of treatment fail to have
an impact, or the joint is very badly damaged affecting day-to-day
activities, he may recommend replacement of part, or all, of the knee
joint with an artificial implant.
Knee replacement surgery in Northamptonshire
Knee replacement surgery, also known as arthroplasty, is now a routine
operation in the UK, with more than 70,000 being carried out each year,
mostly in people over 65. A specialist in knee replacement surgery, Mr
Auld is able to offer a range of procedures and implants depending on
the nature of the damage to the joint:
Total knee replacement surgery
Total knee replacement (TKR) involves replacing the whole of the
knee joint. The worn ends of the thigh bone and the shin bone are cut
away and the end of the thigh bone is replaced with a curved piece of
metal and the end of the shin bone is replaced with a flat metal plate.
The implant is fixed in place with a special 'cement' that encourages
the remaining bone to fuse with the components of the implant. A
plastic spacer between the metal surfaces reduces the friction in the
joint. Most commonly performed in cases of severe osteoarthritis, a TKR
can bring relief from pain for up to 20 years.
Partial knee replacement surgery
Partial knee replacement (PKR) or unicompartmental knee replacement is a
procedure to replace a localised area of damage in the knee joint.
Suitable for around 25% of people with knee arthritis, it is a less
invasive operation compared to TKR, involving a smaller incision and
less bone removal. In some cases it may also result in a better range
of movement compared to TKR.
Where only the kneecap has been affected by arthritis, it may be
resurfaced in a procedure known as patellofemoral replacement.
Involving less major surgery than TKR, kneecap replacement surgery
preserves the unaffected areas of the knee joint.
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