An experienced orthopaedic surgeon offering private knee arthroscopy and knee replacement surgery, based in Aberdeen.
Mr Kapil Kumar is Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Woodend Hospital. He provides private knee arthroscopy and knee replacement surgery at BMI Albyn Hospital in Aberdeen.
An experienced knee surgeon in Aberdeen
Experienced in all aspects of orthopaedic and trauma surgery, Mr Kapil Kumar undertook his undergraduate and early postgraduate training in India, completing his higher surgical training in Aberdeen. With a specialist interest in joint replacement surgery he offers the latest techniques to replace worn and damaged knees, including total knee replacement and partial knee replacement. He also provides diagnosis and treatment of knee conditions using arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery.
Knee conditions treated by Mr Kapil Kumar
Mr Kumar treats a range of knee conditions, including:
- Knee pain
- Knee locking or swelling
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Knee injuries
Knee arthroscopy for the investigation and treatment of knee problems
Mr Kumar is skilled in knee arthroscopy, a minimally invasive form of surgery that involves introducing a thin fibre-optic tube (arthroscope) into the knee joint through a small incision. The arthroscope sends back internal images of the knee joint to a video screen, allowing him to make a detailed examination of the cartilage, bone, tendons and ligaments. Using specially designed instruments inserted through further small incisions, Mr Kumar is also able to carry out a range of therapeutic procedures, including removing loose pieces of bone or cartilage and repairing damaged cartilage.
Knee replacement surgery in Aberdeen
The bones of the knee joint are covered with cartilage, a strong flexible material that allows the bones to move smoothly over one another. If the cartilage is damaged as a result of injury, disease or degenerative wear and tear, the bone surfaces can rub against each other causing symptoms of osteoarthritis, such as pain and stiffness. Other arthritic changes affecting the knee joint can include inflammation of the tissues and the development of bony growths known as osteophytes.
Often milder symptoms of knee arthritis can be controlled with painkillers or an arthroscopic procedure to clear any loose debris out of the joint, however in cases where the pain does not respond to treatment or mobility is severely affected, a knee replacement may be recommended.
Mr Kumar offers two main types of knee replacement surgery:
Total knee replacement
Most commonly performed on people over 65, total knee replacement (TKR) is now a routine operation, bring relief from pain and restoring mobility for up to 20 years. The procedure involves removing the worn ends of the thigh bone (femur) and shin bone (tibia) and replacing them with an artificial metal and plastic joint (prosthesis).
Partial knee replacement
Partial knee replacement (PKR) is a minimally invasive procedure to only replace the part of the knee joint that is damaged. Involving less bone and ligament loss than TKR, PKR is also associated with a quicker recovery time and a more natural feel and range of motion in the replaced knee. PKR is not suitable for everyone, however, and Mr Kumar is able to give his expert opinion on which type of knee replacement surgery would be most appropriate in each individual case.
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