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Mr Sudhir Rao

Mr Sudhir Rao
Job title
Consultant Orthopaedic Knee & Shoulder Surgeon
Primary specialtyOrthopaedic Surgery
Mr Rao qualified in Mumbai (MBBS) at the Seth GS Medical College (1985)
MCh(Orthopaedics) by the University of Liverpool in 1991
FRCS(Ed) and FRCS(Glas)
FRCS(Orthopaedics) in 1996
Year qualified
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A Consultant Orthopaedic and Sports surgeon who has a special interest in Knee and Shoulder surgery and does weekly specialist clinics at hospitals in London (Blackheath Hospital) and Kent (Chelsfield Park Hospital, Sloane Hospital). Mr Rao is happy to see self funded and insured patients. His NHS practice is at Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup, Kent. In addition to being fluent in English, he speaks fluent Hindi, Kannada and conversational Gujarati, Marathi. Since 1997 he has had specialist Knee Clinics, Shoulder Clinics and Sports Clinics both in the NHS and privately. He has carried hundreds of Arthroscopic Anterior Ligament reconstruction, multi-ligament and posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in addition to performing very large numbers of Knee replacements, Hip replacements, Birmingham Hip resurfacing and a full range of Arthroscopic Shoulder operations including joint replacement and the reverse shoulder (Delta) replacement over the last 10 years. Mr Rao keeps up to date by regularly attending the American Academy meetings and British Knee and Shoulder meetings. He is able to offer a very high quality of care, that is up to date, focused on the patients activity and using his skills is able to draw on a range of treatments that is focused on the patients needs and requirements whether it is injuries or arthritis or sports advice. He works closely with an excellent team of physiotherapists, osteopaths, podiatrists and colleagues who are focused on rehabilitation after surgery helping rapid recovery of function.
Clinical interests

Areas of expertise

  • Sports injury and sports surgery of the Knee, Hip and shoulder

  • Knee, Hip & Shoulder - Arthroscopic surgery (keyhole surgery)

  • Knee arthroscopy, Knee replacement and revision knee replacement

  • Shoulder arthroscopy surgery and shoulder replacement

  • Hip arthroscopy surgery, Hip replacement and Hip resurfacing

Specialist expert treatment tempered by experience

  • Arthroscopic (keyhole) knee surgery, arthroscopic hamstring cruciate reconstruction, complex knee injuries (skiing, football, rugby)

  • Autologous chondrocyte implantation (growing your cells and putting them back to cover damaged areas)

  • Specialist experience for football, rugby and skiing injuries

  • Knee and hip replacement/resurfacing catered to the level of activity of the patient

  • Hip & Shoulder arthroscopic surgery for all that addresses both common and uncommon lesions

  • Second opinions for patients who would like expert specialist advice in knee, hip or shoulder surgery.

  • Modest cost for high quality advice (within insurance maxima)

  • Using modern keyhole (minimally invasive) techniques for arthroscopy and joint replacement and short hospital stay that reduces the very small risk of infection (eg MRSA etc).

Research interests
  • High tibial osteotomy for treatment of osteoarthritis in young patients – Thesis MS(orthopaedics) – currently assessing the Tomofix device for stabilization.

  • Anatomic ACL reconstruction – anatomical issues on hamstring graft positioning and radiology. Currently assessing Anatomical ACL results using endobutton, RCI screws for fixation with staple.

  • A surgical technique for correction of stiffness after total knee replacement – A rare complication that requires infrequent surgery – surgical technique described.

  • Hip arthroscopy – for extra-articular and intra-articular hip problems. Investigating and innovating in this exciting new developing flield.

  • Analysing the painful total knee replacement – investigating the reasons for poor results

Professional memberships
• British Association for Surgery of the Knee (BASK)
• British Shoulder and Elbow Society (BESS)
• American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
NHS Hospital
Queen Mary’s Hospital NHS Trust
Private hospital/Private clinic
The Blackheath Hospital
40–42 Lee Terrace
Greater London
Mr Sudhir Rao
40–42 Lee Terrace Blackheath
United Kingdom
Private practice tel:
0208 297 4550
Call for appointments:
0208 297 4583
0208 297 4581