Mr Henry Bourke is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises exclusively in problems with the knee. He qualified at Imperial College School of Medicine in 2002 and underwent his specialist orthopaedic training in the South West Thames Region. After obtaining his fellowship in the Royal College of Surgeons, he travelled to Australia to work in the world famous North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre under the guidance of Professor Leo Pinczewski. He was appointed as a substantive consultant at Heatherwood & Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Trust in October 2013.
Mr Bourke takes into consideration different management plans for any knee problems that patients might face and presents them in an understandable way, in particular the likely outcome of not having an operation. He is specialised in dealing with patients of all ages.
Mr Bourke keeps his knowledge and techniques up to date by regularly attending both national and international conferences. He has also published numerous articles on knee surgery and continues to actively participate in research.
Mr Bourke is married with two children. Outside of the hospital he enjoys a multitude of sporting activities including tennis, skiing and golf.
- Knee arthroscopy (key-hole surgery) and ligament reconstruction
- Sports injuries to the knee
- Treatment of early osteoarthritis
- Cartilage regeneration procedures
- Partial and total knee replacement
- Reconstruction and rehabilitation following anterior cruciate ligament injury
- Return to sports following injury
I am walking properly for the first time in 18 months. I have some stiffness in my leg and the odd twinge but this is minor compared to the difficulty I previously had walking. The robotic procedure seemed to leave me with much less pain than I had expected after surgery. When I had my final meeting with Mr Bourke, he told me how pleased he was with my progress telling me at the same time that a full recovery would take up to 12 months. I have been very happy and relieved with the whole process and the care I received before and after the operation.
Mr Bourke has performed medial unicompartmental replacements on both knees - he is a skilled and empathetic surgeon who has given me a new lease of life, moving without pain. I was even able to return to riding my horse six weeks after each procedure.
I had been suffering with my knees for many years and it was decided I would have my knee replacements done one at a time. I had a stress-free stay in hospital with each knee due to Mr Bourke being an extremely skilled surgeon with an efficient team behind him. Mr Bourke is a true gentleman with an exemplary bedside manner and I would recommend him to anyone.
It is six months since I underwent knee surgery for osteonecrosis .... The pain I experienced vanished almost immediately and, thanks to Mr Bourke's skill and expertise of his physiotherapist, I was able to return to normal life after about six weeks. I now attend the gym three times a week and have resumed our walk along the South Downs Way. Having been in discomfort for over a year, I had begun to think my active life might be coming to an end. Thanks to Mr Bourke's successful intervention that is patently not the case!
I have had many operations on both my knees over the years and on consulting, Mr Bourke explained the only option available was to have bilateral total knee replacement on both knees. The operation went very well with little pain or swelling post-operation. I have been very careful to follow all the advice given to me both by Mr Bourke and my Physiotherapist and after 6 weeks I am doing very well and walking with ease. I am really pleased that I had both knees replaced at the same time.
I am a farmer and my job entails me standing on the concrete floor around a live cattle auction ring every day whilst buying livestock, so coupled with the heavy work which farming demands and after years of playing sport in my younger days, my knees had become extremely painful and had started to deteriorate. The pain increased over the years and I was struggling to walk without limping. Being self-employed, I could not entertain having weeks, possibly months off work to recover. So, I decided to have bilateral simultaneous knee replacement surgery. My work life is so much easier, and I even walked up the steps to Edinburgh Castle and down again this Summer without a thought - something I could never have done less than a year ago. I would fully recommend Mr Bourke to anyone - his professional manner and expertise has given me a new lease of life with minimal disruption and recovery time.
The symptoms I experienced before my operation was constant pain of bone on bone, that then caused a baker’s cyst behind my knee. Mr Bourke said that the surgery was to be robotic-assisted, I was amazed and somewhat nervous, as it is a fairly new concept. However, the operation went extremely well, and my recovery was rapid. Four weeks after surgery found me completing a 10k bike ride. The scarring is minimal, and my knee is well on the way to a full recovery. The care and attention before and after my surgery from Mr Bourke and his team of physios has been second to none and I would not hesitate in recommending anyone to seek his professional help.
I wanted surgery done quickly with the least disruption to my life - so I opted for bilateral simultaneous knee replacements. I now feel more positive regarding my future fitness and I was thrilled to be able to cycle the 150-mile ride to Paris with my 73-year-old brother - it was great to share such a moment with him. Thank-you Mr Bourke for assuring my future mobility - and freedom.