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To protect you, your family and the staff of RNOH Private Care, we now have the facilities to offer video consultations. Your consultant will tell you if your appointment is to be carried out in this way and their practice secretary will provide you with all of the information you need to do this.

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If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), however mild, do not leave your home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. The symptoms are:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999. You can find the latest information and advice at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – alcohol gel is effective against respiratory viruses
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

News & Innovation

Pioneering robotic arm assisted surgery revolutionises hip and knee joint replacement

We have welcomed the Stryker Mako robotic-arm to the hospital, a revolutionary piece of technology assisting our surgeons with hip and knee replacements. RNOH has always strived to be at the forefront of medical advancements, and the arrival of Mako serves to cement the hospital’s reputation for excellence. The technology will be used by our surgeons to offer patients in North London and surrounding areas an alternative to traditional methods of joint replacement surgery.

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RNOH Private Care Patient-specific hip and knee replacements

By James Donaldson
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
Joint Reconstruction Unit

Patient-specific hip and knee replacements are a relatively modern concept and are increasingly being used in an effort to improve clinical and functional results and long-term implant survival.

Patient-specific instruments (PSI) are custom made on a case-by-case basis, specific to both the anatomy of the patient and the surgical plan created by the surgeon.

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Complex lower limb reconstruction

By Mr Panos Gikas
Consultant Orthopaedic and Sarcoma Surgeon
Honorary Lecturer, Department of Physics, UCL

Mr Panos Gikas is a Consultant Joint Reconstruction and Sarcoma Surgeon based at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. He completed his medical and postgraduate training in London then completed a Seddon Travelling Fellowship in orthopaedic oncology at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney where he further developed his specialist skills in the management of bone and soft tissue tumours and complex joint reconstruction. In addition, he has also completed a clinical fellowship in Geneva in developing the use of the anterior muscle sparing approach to the hip joint before taking up a consultant post at the world-renowned Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

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Young Adult Hip Problems By Mr Tahir Khan Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the RNOH PPU

By Mr Tahir Khan
Consultant Orthopaedic

Hip joint is pivotal to normal bipedal ambulation. Any deformity in the articulation leads to significant disability in young, active individuals. Patients with hip problems, typically complain of the following:

  • Groin pain after physical activity
  • Dull ache or Discomfort after walking, running, dancing or prolonged sitting
  • Stiffness affecting hip movements
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Chronic Pain – A global concern  By Dr Tacson Fernandez

By Mr Panos Gikas
Consultant Orthopaedic and Sarcoma Surgeon
Honorary Lecturer, Department of Physics, UCL

Recently there has been an increase in interest in performing hip replacement surgery by less invasive means, and by smaller incisions. Some of these so called minimally invasive techniques however are only reduced skin incision techniques and are associated with the same muscle and/or tendon injury as “conventional” approaches.

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Chronic Pain – A global concern  By Dr Tacson Fernandez

By Dr Tacson Fernandez
Consultant in Chronic Pain Management
Lead Clinician for Neuromodulation
Lead Clinician for Acute Pain Management

People who through no fault of their own have their lives demolished by pain deserve our help. Professor Henry McQuay from Oxford clearly highlights the plight of chronic pain sufferers in his article in the BMJ 2008, “Help and hope at the bottom of the pile1

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Mr Robert Lee - Minimally Invasive Anterior Column Reconstruction in Spinal Adult Degenerative Deformity

By Mr Robert Lee
Consultant Spinal Surgeon

Spinal adult degenerative deformity encompasses a wide range of pathologies including spondylolisthesis (slip of one vertebra on another), scoliosis (sideways curvature of the spine) and positive sagittal balance (unable to stand upright due to flattening of the curves in the spine). Often all three of these conditions can present in one patient. Patients present with severe back and in particular leg pain due to degeneration of the intervertebral discs leading to compression of the nerves and ‘sciatica’.

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Birth Brachial Plexus Palsy  (BBPP - Erb’s Palsy) Mr. Tom Quick  MB MA(Cantab)FRCS

By Mr Tom Quick
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

A 19th-century Bavarian doctor, Wilhelm Heinrich Erb, gave his name to a nerve injury which happens to babies during birth. Erb’s Palsy is a weakness of shoulder and elbow muscles.

Arm nerves come from the spine in the lower neck at C5, C6, C7, C8 and T1. These nerves come together at a major junction called the brachial plexus. During birth, as the child squeezes out of the mother’s pelvis, the neck can be over-stretched damaging the nerves. Injury can be mild, recovering rapidly and completely, nerves can be partially or totally snapped, or pulled clean from the spinal cord.

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