What’s Up Doc?

‘What’s Up Doc’ is a health column in association with Spire Gatwick Park, your local private hospital, which gives you the opportunity to ask questions regarding general health and wellbeing. Answers will be provided weekly from specialist consultants at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital. If it’s a long-standing illness or simply a worry which you would like to get off your mind then send your questions to Spire Gatwick Park is a private hospital located in Horley, Surrey providing a range of treatments, from orthopaedic to ophthalmic, ENT to cosmetic. You do not need private medical insurance to use Spire Gatwick Park Hospital facilities and patients can get appointments within 2 weeks.

Dear doc,

My dad who lives in Kent, has recurring knee problems.

The left knee is predominantly painful, what happens next?

Can he see a knee specialist soon?

What could be the possible outcome of his knee problems? I don’t want him to go through NHS as we have already been told there’s waiting list to see a consultant.

Hope you can help.


Annie, Surrey.

Dear Annie,

I assume your father is well into adulthood.

The most likely explanation for his pain is degeneration in the knee either in the form of a cartilage tear or arthritis.

There are other possibilities but what you really need is a firm diagnosis.

If you don’t want him to be seen in the NHS then you need to contact your GP to request a consultation with an orthopaedic consultant at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital. Here, he will be seen and assessed and any relevant investigations will be organised.

A treatment plan will be formed on the basis of the findings.

Hope this helps. Please contact Spire Gatwick Park Hospital to make an appointment.

Mr James Gibbs, consultant orthopaedic surgeon offers appointments at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital on Friday.

To book an appointment call 01293 778 906 or email info@spiregatwick.com.

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