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Anatomy of the knee

The main knee joint is between the upper leg / thigh bone (femur) with the larger of the lower leg bones (tibia). There is a second joint between the femur and the knee cap (patella) on the front (anterior) side of the knee.

Anatomy Of The Knee

The main knee joint is between the upper leg / thigh bone (femur) with the larger of the lower leg bones (tibia). There is a second joint between the femur and the knee cap (patella) on the front (anterior) side of the knee.

Anatomy Of The Knee Diagram

A pair of ligaments run on either side of the joint, forming the outer edges of the joint capsule – the medial and lateral collateral ligaments. These run along the inner and outer sides of the leg respectively.

A second pair of ligaments lie within the centre of the knee, the anterior and posterior cruciate ligaments. These stabilise the joint and prevent excess movement.

Anatomy Of The Knee Diagram
The joint capsule contains two horseshoe shaped articular cartilages, the medial and lateral meniscus, collectively known as the menisci. These lie in the inner and outer side of the knee respectively.

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To ask a question about the anatomy of the knee or to book an appointment, contact our specialist team available Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm and on Saturday from 9am – 1pm. Our knee specialists team have a dedicated and caring approach and will seek to find you the earliest appointment possible with the correct specialist for your needs.

 If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP. You can simply refer yourself and book an appointment. 

If you have medical insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa PPP, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer for authorisation for any treatment and, in most cases, you will require a referral letter from your GP. If you do not have a GP, then we have an in-house private GP practice that you can use. Alternatively we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstance.

Call us on 020 7432 8328 or email us at londonkneespecialists@hje.org.uk

Knee Clinic

The Knee Unit at St John & St Elizabeth Hospital comprises a dedicated team specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of knee pain and stiffness caused by knee conditions or injuries.

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Patient information

Our Hospital is renowned for providing exemplary levels of care across more than 90 services. From orthopaedics, to urology, our private GP practice and Urgent Care Clinic, our services are led by some of London’s leading Consultants. For more information, and to find a service suitable for your care, find out more about the services that we offer.

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If you have any questions relating to treatment options or pricing information, get in touch with us by filling out one of our contact boxes or giving us a call on 020 7432 8328.

Our Appointments Team have a dedicated and caring approach to finding you the earliest appointment possible with the best specialist.

If you are self-paying you don’t need a referral from your GP for a consultation. You can simply refer yourself* and book an appointment.

If you have health insurance (e.g. Bupa, Axa Health, Aviva), you will need to contact your insurer to get authorisation before any treatment, and in most cases you will also require a referral letter from your GP.

If you are not registered with a GP, we have an in-house private GP practice you can use. Alternatively, we can suggest the most appropriate course of action for you to take, given your location and individual circumstances.

*Please note – for investigations such as X-rays and MRIs, a referral will be required. However, we may be able to arrange this for you through our on-site private GP.

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