An experienced Southampton-based orthopaedic surgeon specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries in children, adolescents and adults, including anterior cruciate ligament damage, meniscal injury, cartilage damage and unstable kneecaps.
Mr Vel Sakthivel is Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. He offers private treatment for sports injuries affecting children, adolescents and adults at Wessex Nuffield Health Hospital, Eastleigh, BMI The Harbour Hospital, Poole, and BMI Sarum Road Hospital, Winchester.
Areas covered for the treatment of paediatric and adult sports injuries in Hampshire and Dorset
Based in Southampton, Poole and Winchester, Mr
Sakthivel's private practice covers a wide area that includes
Portsmouth, Eastleigh, Shaftesbury, Salisbury, Newport, Swanage and
Expert treatment of sports injuries in children in Southampton and Poole
Participation in sporting activities has undoubted health and social benefits for children. However the fact that their bodies and bones are still growing, and motor and cognitive skills still developing, makes them prone to injury, with children aged 5-14 accounting for 40% of all sports injuries presenting to casualty departments in the UK. Increased training regimes for young people in some sports has also led to a rise in ligament damage, fractures and sprains, as well as chronic injuries such as Osgood Schlatters's disease.
With over 14 years' experience in children's orthopaedics, Mr Vel Sakthivel offers expert assessment and treatment of sports injuries in children and young adults, using minimally invasive arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery where possible, and cutting edge techniques that do not damage the growth plates. He is an active voice on the subject of sports injuries in children, sharing his views in the local, national and international media.
A pioneering knee surgeon
In addition to his paediatric work, Mr Sakthivel offers assessment and treatment of sporting injuries affecting the adult knee, using pioneering surgical techniques such as trochleoplasty, a specialist technique to prevent recurrent kneecap dislocation, and cartilage transplantation, an exciting new technique to repair knee cartilage.
Sports injury conditions treated by Mr Vel Sakthivel
Mr Sakthivel offers investigation and treatment for a range of sports injuries affecting children, adolescents and adults, including:
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) damage
- Knee ligament damage
- Kneecap instability
- Jumper's knee
- Runner's knee (chondromalacia)
- Meniscal tear
- Osgood-Schlatters disease
- Anterior knee pain
- Soft tissue injury
Treatment of ACL injuries in children and adolescents
Playing a crucial role in knee stability, the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) is frequently damaged during sporting activity in adults. Though uncommon in children, injuries and tears to the ACL are becoming more prevalent in adolescents, perhaps as more intense training methods are adopted for young people. ACL reconstruction in adults involves drilling tunnels through the growth plates and placing a graft into the knee joint though the tunnels, a technique that is problematic in a young person who is still growing.
Mr Sakthivel offers expert treatment of ACL injuries in children and adolescents, ranging from physiotherapy to strengthen the structures around the knee to the latest surgical technique to repair the ACL while preserving the growth plates. The technique adopted will depend on the age of the patient and how much growing they have left to do, and he is able to offer his considered opinion in each individual case.
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