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Orthopaedic Surgery

SIX Orthopaedic Surgery

Management of the

Over the last few decades, human life expectancy has increased

and is set to continue to do so. Fortunately, many people stay

fit and remain active in the later stages of life; however, certain

conditions can be common in this older age group.

Improved implants for the hips, knees

and other parts of the musculoskeletal

system have proven to be very beneficial

for elderly patients – however, less

attention has been paid to pathologies

affecting the foot and ankle. Arthritis and

malalignment of the ankle and foot can

have a huge impact on the lower limbs and,

subsequently, on the patient’s quality of life.

Conservative treatment can often alleviate

symptoms, but at times, only an operation

will achieve the function and pain relief that

the patient is looking for. Patient selection

is very important, as is arranging

pre-operative clinics. Even more

important is post-operative care, which

is crucial for elderly patients.

The ankle joint is the only joint in the

hind foot that can be replaced and

with improved implant systems, this

has shown to be very successful. Other

joints in the foot might benefit from a

fusion (arthrodesis), which can eradicate

pain, realign the foot and improve gait

and function massively.

Sometimes, pain is triggered by a

deformity within the foot rather than

the degeneration of a joint – this can be

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For more information on our Orthopaedic Services, please contact the GP Liaison Department on:

T: 020 7234 2009