An experienced and pioneering orthopaedic surgeon specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of knee problems in children and adults, including sports injuries, anterior cruciate ligament tears, congenital knee problems and kneecap dislocation, based in Southampton.
Mr Vel Sakthivel is Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He provides private treatment for knee conditions affecting children and adults at three independent hospitals in the Southampton and Poole area:
- Wessex Nuffield Health Hospital, Eastleigh
- BMI The Harbour Hospital, Poole
- BMI Sarum Road Hospital, Winchester
Areas covered for adult and paediatric knee surgery in Hampshire and Dorset
Mr Vel Sakthivel welcomes adults and children seeking treatment for knee conditions from a wide area that includes Bournemouth, Poole, Swanage, Shaftsbury, Salisbury, Winchester, Eastleigh, Southampton and Portsmouth.
A highly experienced adult and paediatric knee specialist in Southampton and Poole
Trained in Madras and Cardiff, Mr Sakthivel has over 14 years experience in the field of paediatric orthopaedics and the treatment of adult knee problems. He has a particular interest in sports injuries to the knee and is a leading voice in the media on the subject of sports injuries in children.
Working at the forefront of developments in the surgical treatment of knee conditions, Mr Sakthivel offers the very latest techniques for paediatric and adult knee surgery, including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair in children and adolescents, trochleoplasty for the treatment of knee cap dislocation and cartilage transplantation.
Knee conditions treated by Mr Vel Sakthivel
Mr Sakthivel offers expert assessment and treatment for a wide range of conditions affecting the knee in children, adolescents and adults, Including:
- Anterior knee pain
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury
- Meniscal injuries
- Congenital and traumatic dislocation of the kneecap
- Osgood-Schlatters disease
- Cartilage damage
Expert treatment of kneecap dislocation in Southampton and Poole
The kneecap, the thick triangular bone that covers and protects the front of the knee joint, slides up and down a groove (the trochlea) on the end of the thigh bone (femur) as the knee bends. In some people, the kneecap and femur are not properly aligned, causing knee instability and pain as the kneecap fails to track properly in the trochlea or comes out completely. Commonly seen as a developmental condition in children and adolescents, kneecap dislocation can also occur as the result of trauma or sports injury.
Mr Sakthivel offers both non-surgical and surgical treatment for dislocation of the kneecap. Initially, he uses braces, splints and physiotherapy to support the kneecap and strengthen the surrounding muscles. For those persistent cases that fail to respond to physiotherapy, he provides a range surgical procedures to stabilise the kneecap, including tightening the structures around the knee and re-routing tendons. Mr Sakthivel is also skilled in trochleoplasty, a highly specialised procedure to create a groove on the front of the femur in people in whom it has failed to develop.
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