Knee Health Center

1st Floor, Building 1 Open daily from 8.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m. +66 2022 2494-6

The Knee Health Center not only provides surgical treatment for knees but is also a holistic care provider that offers a complete range of knee care services, including those aimed at strengthening the joint, treating any symptoms related to the knee, and preventing knee problems. Additionally, the center offers tailored treatment programs designed by a team of doctors and medical experts who work closely with patients utilizing the latest equipment and techniques. Such care ensures patients can make a full recovery and return to their lives without worrying about their knees, uninhibited in the activities they undertake. Whether you are young, old, or a sports enthusiast, the Knee Health Center at Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital provides the treatment and support necessary to keep your knees working the way you need them to.


There are a myriad of factors behind the onset of knee pain. It could be a result of osteoporosis or overuse, such as runner’s knee, or it could be caused by an injury sustained while playing a sport, such as a dislocation of the kneecap or torn meniscus. Some knee pain can be attributed to deformities, such as foot shape abnormalities and wearing unsuitable footwear.

The Knee Health Center provides a complete range of services:

1. Injury resulting from trauma

Trauma treatment refers to the treatment of patients who have withstood an acute but severe injury from an accident, fall, or heavy impact. This often leads to injuries being sustained in many areas of the knee at the same time, such as bone fractures, dislocation, twisting, meniscus injuries, and tendon injuries. Bone and joint injuries must be assessed correctly and treated promptly.

Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital has a team of expert medical staff specializing in orthopedic injuries who have undergone specific training in the field and have extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries. This expertise and experience enables these medical professionals to provide professional treatment for their patients with a focus on speedy but safe recoveries, while also reducing the risk of handicap.

2. Treatment for sports-related knee injuries and overuse injuries

Currently, we are seeing more and more knee injuries resulting from sports, including torn ACLs, meniscus tears, arthritis, tendonitis, impact dislocations, and kneecap fractures. Nevertheless, whether you are merely a sports enthusiast or professional athlete, an injury or accident sustained while playing must be treated appropriately. This is where our team of specialists in orthopedics and sports injuries can help as they offer rehabilitation services through a range of tailored programs.

3. Treating naturally occurring knee osteoarthritis or cases caused by other general disorders

In some cases where patients have certain naturally occurring knee degeneration (primary knee osteoarthritis), or knee degeneration caused by other disorders or deformities (secondary knee osteoarthritis), such as osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), quadriceps muscle atrophy, or osteonecrosis of the knee, treatment will need to be tailored to the individual’s needs. This usually begins with lifestyle adjustments alongside physiotherapy but can also include knee replacement surgery. Fortunately, the Knee Health Center at Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital is staffed by a team of orthopedic surgeons who specialize in knee arthroplasty. Each of these specialist surgeons not only has extensive experience but has also furthered their studies abroad in countries including Germany, Switzerland, and America. With the experience and qualifications of our surgeons, patients can rest easy knowing the health of their knees is in good hands.

4. Treatment for cancer/tumors in the knees

Doctors specializing in orthopedic cancers at the Knee Health Center are committed to accurate diagnosis and treatment of tumors detected in the knee joints and associated tissue. This includes tumors found in the bones, cartilage, fatty tissue, blood vessels, and muscles, including benign or malignant tumors. Tumors in the bones and muscles can occur at any stage of life and require a team of multidisciplinary specialists to provide a complete course of treatment. For this reason, if you suspect that a tumor has developed in your knee, be sure to seek help from a specialist. An accurate diagnosis and detection of these conditions can enable a rapid assessment of your situation. The team of doctors specializing in orthopedic tumors at the Knee Health Center have extensive experience in treating patients suffering with tumors in the bones or muscle tissue. The international standard of care on offer here is matched by the warmth and care shown by the team.

5. Treatment for abnormalities that impact knee health

  • Treatment for spinal abnormalities that impact knee health
    There are many occasions when spinal problems, such as degeneration, tissue or bone deformation, and spinal disc irregularities, can cause injuries or damage to occur in the knees and legs. Examples include spinal deformities that cause pain to shoot down into the legs and feet. The Knee Health Center at Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital has a team of doctors who specialize in spinal injuries and have extensive experience in their fields, with each of these doctors responsible for treating hundreds of cases every year. This experience has been bolstered by their studies into arthroscopic surgery and minimally invasive surgery techniques undertaken overseas, including in England, America, and Germany, meaning the arthroscopic procedures they employ can be relied upon for their high standards and levels of safety.
  • Treatment for irregularities or injuries to the hips, which can affect knee health
    We often see cases of patients with hip irregularities or diseases that end up impacting knee health, which can result in deformities or disorders that cause knee pain, such as hip osteoarthritis, osteonecrosis of the femoral head, and trochanteric bursitis. The Knee Health Center at Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital is fortunate enough to have a team of orthopedic specialists on hand who have undergone thorough training and completed advanced studies in this field. Their extensive experience diagnosing and treating large numbers of patients means that our patients can always be confident in the professional level of care they receive.
  • Treatment for foot and ankle injuries or other abnormalities
    The close relationship between the knees and ankles means that there are some conditions related to the feet and ankles, such as congenital flat feet, that can lead to pain in the knees. Injuries from sports or accidents, such as fractured ankles, tendon injuries, twisted ankles, overuse, or joint instability, can cause pain that ranges from minimal to severe. Furthermore, some foot pain can be caused by unsuitable footwear, foot structure abnormalities, bone fractures, or resulting from osteoarthritis in the foot. This range of potential causes for any pain in the region makes a consultation with one of our expert doctors essential, as they will be able to accurately diagnose and treat the problem.

Our areas of expertise

Total knee arthroplasty (TKA)

This form of treatment for osteoarthritis is a surgical procedure to remove the whole or the damaged area of the knee joint, including the femur and tibia bones and both medial and lateral compartments. An artificial joint (prosthesis) made of metal alloys, high-grade plastics and polymers to decrease friction is used to replace the damaged sections.

Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (UKA) or Partial Knee Replacement

This surgery can be done when the damage is confined to a particular compartment of the knee, which can be either the medial or lateral compartment. Only the damaged part of the knee cartilage is replaced with a special alloy material and polyethylene to support and replace the meniscus. UKA is an innovative, new minimally invasive form of surgery that reduces disruption to any undamaged areas of the knee joint including knee ligaments and tissue around the knee. Another key benefit to this form of surgery is the natural feeling felt by patients following their recovery from surgery.

Takatsuki General Hospital and Samitivej Hospital

Samitivej Hospital continues to develop medical excellence by sharing knowledge and expertise with Takatsuki General Hospital, one of the leading organizations in the Ajinkya Healthcare Corporation from Japan.

Takatsuki General Hospital offers highly specialized medical care across a range of fields, including neonatal and perinatal medicine, and orthopedics for which it has been recognized for its innovation in knee replacement procedures. Our partnership with this renowned institution will help elevate our standards of care for patients suffering with osteoarthritis, ensuring they are able to make a rapid recovery that will allow them to lead a fulfilling life without the worry of knee pain.

Resident medical team at the Knee Health Center

Wichian Jiraboonsri, M.D., orthopedic specialist specializing in sports injuries and knee arthroplasty with a diploma from the Thai Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He later attended a fellowship of sports medicine in Germany.

Werayu Chayapinun, M.D., orthopedist specializing in sports injuries and knee arthroplasty with a diploma from the Thai Board of Orthopedic Surgery, and a certificate of knee arthroscopy training at Malmo University Hospital, Sweden.

Kriskamol Sithitool, M.D., specialist in knee arthroplasty with a diploma from the Thai Board of Orthopedic Surgery, and a Certificate of Fellowship in Arthroplasty in Germany.

Srihatach Ngarmukos, M.D., specialist in knee arthroplasty with a diploma from the Thai Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He later attended a fellowship in joint replacement in the USA.

Bunyat Ketmalasiri, M.D., specialist in knee arthroplasty with a diploma from the Thai Board of Orthopedic Surgery, and a Certificate as a Fellow in Knee Reconstruction and Sport Medicine, USA.

Initial self assessment for osteoarthritis

Diagnosis and Treatment

1. Initial screening: In terms of initial assessments for osteoarthritis in the general population, if you suspect osteoarthritis due to knee stiffness in the mornings, knee cracking, or knee deformities, click here for an initial self assessment for osteoarthritis.

2. Diagnostics for knee injuries: Diagnosis usually involves the following screening:

  • X-ray used to detect narrowing in the spaces within the patient’s knee joint, as well as to diagnose an enlarged tibial tubercle around the knee.
  • Blood tests used to assist doctors in ruling out other causes of the degeneration, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

3. Doctor analysis: A doctor will assess the severity of the degeneration by using a scoring system as an assessment tool.

4. Appropriate treatment: Once the medical team has assessed the extent of degeneration, they will recommend the treatment most suited to the patient’s needs, being sure to consider individual requirements as each patient will have their own unique set of limitations and indicators.

  • Exercise regimen can be used to strengthen the muscles in the thighs and those surrounding the knee joint which will help stabilize the knee during times of exertion, including when weight is placed on it.
  • Biological therapy is a medical technique used to treat abnormalities of cartilage and synovial fluid. It involves the use of hyaluronic acid injections to relieve pain and reduce tension in the joint. Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections may also be used to achieve the same result.
  • Medicine treatment is used to reduce pain that is disrupting a patient’s lifestyle. The medication may be orally or intravenously administered before or after surgery.
  • Physiotherapy is utilized to relieve pain and generally includes ultrasound, laser treatment, and physical rehabilitation of the knee following surgery.
  • Arthroscopic surgery is a relatively new form of surgical procedure that involves inserting a microscopic camera into the knee. The camera then transmits images to a screen to provide surgeons a clear picture of the internal knee situation. This technique is usually used to treat patients with meniscus or tendon tears, cartilage damage, or locked knees, although such treatment is only undertaken after careful consideration by medical professionals.
  • Arthroplasty is another option available to patients seeking treatment for knee pain. Such procedures can increase a range of movement to the joint, thus improving the lives of those suffering with osteoarthritis. There are currently two arthroplasty procedures available to patients: total knee arthroplasty and unicompartmental knee arthroplasty. Each of these procedures has its own benefits and limitations.