What's up doc - knee

‘What’s Up Doc’ is a health column in association with The Crawley Observer, which gives you the opportunity to ask questions regarding general health and wellbeing.

Answers are provided weekly from our specialist consultants at Spire Gatwick Park Hospital, Surrey. If it’s a long-standing illness or simply a worry which you would like to get off your mind then we would like to help.

This question appeared in The Crawley Observer on 6 February 2013, to readers across Surrey and Sussex. The question and answer is below, as it appeared in the newspaper.

Read the response by Mr James Gibbs, consultant orthopaedic surgeon:


“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”. Thanks, 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.

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