Children’s Knee Clinic is a specialist unit within The Portland Hospital dedicated solely to the diagnosis and management of knee ligament injuries in children and young people.
As children become more involved in extreme sports such as skiing and snowboarding and are generally more active at a younger age, Professor Adrian Wilson and his team are seeing increasing cases of ligament damage, particularly to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). As children’s bones and ligaments are not yet fully developed, they are at greater risk of damage.
Adrian is widely respected around the world for being the first surgeon to carry out anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) internal brace repair for sports injuries in children. He has the largest global experience in ACL repair with the internal brace technique in children and speaks frequently at conferences and courses about his results and experience. This new minimally invasive surgery is especially successful in enabling children to rapidly return to their normal activities. Recovery is significantly quicker than with traditional ACL surgery, something that is revolutionising the treatment of this common injury.
Children’s Knee Clinic specialises in this complex area of surgery and offers a truly unique service in this field. The unit is headed up by Adrian, who is joined by Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons Mr Paul Trikha and Mr Raghbir Khakha. They share a passion for addressing the current epidemic of knee ligament injuries being suffered by children.
Adrian, Paul and Ragbhir are three of only a handful of surgeons in the country able to perform these unique ligament repair techniques successfully and consistently. They are supported by Mr Ben Wilde, a specialist physiotherapist, who has spearheaded the design of both a preventative warm up protocol and post-operative rehabilitation programme for patients.
Adrian’s group have produced evidence for their ligament repair procedure that is altering the thinking of the orthopaedic community. Their methods are being touted as a future best-practice approach for all knee ligament injuries in the young.
Adrian also has particular expertise in treating a range of other children’s knee problems.
Professor Adrian Wilson
“My own daughter had a skiing accident aged 11 (she’s now 16) and needed ACL reconstruction. As a result, there have been few team sports – apart from swimming – that she can take part in. If ACL repair had been available at the time, I’d have chosen it for her. I am very proud of pioneering it – it’s been the best experience in terms of results.”