Our current waiting times

First appointment From appointment to treatment*
2 weeks 2 weeks
*This will be dependent on how long it takes for your consultant to agree your treatment plan, following your consultation and the results of any tests.

Please note: waiting times displayed are indicative and can change on a daily basis.

You have the right to choose where you have your NHS treatment.

At Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre we offer free NHS treatments to all patients. You are not required to pay if you are an NHS patient and have been referred for treatment by your GP.

Please note: All our surgical procedures will be carried out at our in-patient hospital at Shepton Mallet, even if you have an outpatient appointment at a different hospital.

Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction

ACL reconstruction is a surgical procedure that involves the repair of one or more damaged cruciate ligaments. This can be done by using tissue grafts or manufactured grafts. The surgery is performed using keyhole (minimally invasive) surgery to reduce scarring and bruising.

Knee arthroscopy

A knee arthroscopy is used to investigate knee conditions, including inflammation and injury, or to repair damaged tissue. An arthroscope, an instrument through which other instruments can be passed, and a camera which shows the pictures on a large computer screen, is inserted through small incisions in the skin. This technique enables faster recovery from surgery.

Total knee replacement

Total knee replacement surgery involves replacing diseased or damaged joint surfaces in the knee with metal and plastic components shaped to allow continued motion of the knee.

Knee revision

This surgical procedure involves replacing an artificial knee joint with a new one because it has become loose, infected or worn out.

Patella resurfacing

A surgical procedure to replace the joint surface of the patella. It is usually performed as part of a total knee replacement but may be done in isolation if the joint surface damage is confined to the patella.

Uni-knee replacements

Unicompartmental knee replacement (or uni-knee replacement) is an option to treat osteoarthritis of the knee if it is confined to a single part or compartment of the knee.

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