Stephen Palmer: Consultant Knee Surgeon,Chelmsford, Essex
Consultant Knee Surgeon, Chelmsford, Essex: Stephen Palmer
An Essex-based knee surgeon with a special interest in the treatment of osteoarthritis and sports injuries to the knee, offering all the latest arthroscopic, reconstructive and knee replacement techniques.
Mr Stephen Palmer
is Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex. He offers private treatment for knee problems at Springfield Hospital in Chelmsford.
An experienced knee specialist in Essex
Following his medical training at St Thomas' Hospital, London, Mr Palmer undertook his specialist training in trauma and orthopaedics at various centres of excellence in East Anglia, going on to complete his training with a prestigious knee fellowship at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. With over 13 years' experience at consultant level, he is an insightful and dynamic surgeon who always stays abreast of the latest developments in knee surgery to provide the best possible service to his patients.
Mr Palmer has a special interest and expertise in the treatment of sports injuries to the knee and osteoarthritis, and offers a range of modern procedures suitable for both the young and the
elderly, including knee arthroscopy, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
reconstruction, knee replacement with the long-lasting Oxinium knee implant and Visionaire
patient-specific total knee replacement. As the clinical lead for
the Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic at Springfield Hospital
he works in close collaboration with specialist physiotherapists to return patients to previous levels of fitness and activity in the
shortest time possible.
Knee conditions treated by Mr Stephen Palmer
Mr Palmer offers expert assessment and treatment for a wide range of knee conditions, including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Anterior cruciate ligament rupture
- Knee ligament damage
- Knee cartilage damage
- Meniscal tears
Springfield Hospital is one of Essex's leading private hospitals
Oxinium knee replacement for younger patients
Modern knee implants made of cobalt chrome components separated by a
polythene spacer have proved a very successful treatment for arthritis
in patients over 65, usually lasting in the region of 15 to 20 years.
However, as sport has become increasingly popular for all age groups and
people stay active well into middle age, the incidence of knee
arthritis in younger patients has increased. Conventional implants are
often not suitable for these patients as they will almost certainly need
to be replaced in the future and are more susceptible to wear in very
Mr Palmer offers total knee replacement using an implant made of Oxinium
a durable and highly abrasion-resistant alloy of zirconium that in
tests has shown an 85% decrease in the wear of the polythene spacer
compared to cobalt chrome.
Visionaire patient-specific total knee replacement
Total knee replacement surgery is a procedure to replace
the worn out ends of the shin bone and thigh bone with metal or ceramic
implants separated by a plastic spacer. The implants are fixed into
by using special cutting blocks that act as templates to drill
holes into the bone that precisely match the shape of the implant. In
conventional knee replacement surgery, this process takes place during
the operation and can be time consuming.
Using the very latest Visionaire technology,
Mr Palmer is able to prepare cutting blocks that are customised to the
patient's anatomy in advance of the operation, significantly decreasing
the surgery time. Visionaire knee replacement surgery is also less
invasive compared to conventional total knee replacement and is
associated with better and more speedy recoveries. It is also thought
that the precise fit and alignment of Visionaire knee replacements may
increase their longevity.
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