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David Pemberton: Consultant Knee Specialist, Cardiff, Wales

David Pemberton
Consultant Knee Specialist, Cardiff, Wales: David Pemberton
A Cardiff-based knee specialist with extensive experience of sports injuries to the knee, offering expert diagnosis and treatment for the full range of knee problems, including ligament damage, soft tissue injuries, cartilage damage and arthritis.

David Pemberton is Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Vale Healthcare, South Wales's leading provider of private orthopaedic care.  He practices at both The Cardiff Bay Clinic and The Vale Hospital in Hensol, Vale of Glamorgan.

A highly experienced knee specialist

David Pemberton is a Fellowship-trained knee surgeon with over seventeen years' experience at Consultant level in the management of knee injuries and degenerative conditions affecting the knee.  As Honorary Orthopaedic Surgeon to the Welsh Rugby Union and other regional teams, he has an active interest in the treatment and management of sports injuries to the knee in athletes of all levels, working with specialist knee physiotherapists to ensure a successful and swift return to sporting activity.  A large part of Mr Pemberton's practice also involves the assessment and treatment of painful and disabling degenerative knee conditions, such as arthritis and cartilage tears, and he is skilled in the most up-to-date techniques for knee joint replacement.

Knee conditions treated by David Pemberton

David Pemberton provides expert assessment and treatment for the full range of knee conditions, including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Anterior cruciate ligament damage
  • Meniscal tears
  • Knee cartilage damage

Knee replacement surgery in Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan

When the pain and swelling associated with knee arthritis start to affect the ability to carry out everyday activities, knee replacement surgery may be recommended.  Mr Pemberton offers a number of procedures based on the age, lifestyle and bone health of the patient, including total knee replacement (TKR) and unicompartmental or partial knee replacement.  Usually performed on patients over 65 years of age, TKR is a very successful operation to replace the whole of the worn knee joint with a metal implant.  If only part of the knee joint is damaged, some patients may be suitable for the less invasive unicompartmental knee replacement, in which only the arthritic parts of the knee are replaced.

With today's active lifestyles and the trend to continue sporting activities well into middle age, knee arthritis is an increasing problem in younger people.  While a knee replacement may easily last 15 to 20 years, younger patients by virtue of their age are more likely to need a potentially more complex revision knee replacement in the future.  Mr Pemberton takes a special interest in the treatment of knee arthritis in younger patients and is pioneering the use of interpositional implants for early knee arthritis in young, active patients, and dual compartment replacements that preserve the patient's cruciate ligaments.

Expert anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction surgery

Accounting for 40% of all sports injuries, rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) results in loss of the full range of movement of the knee and chronic knee instability.  Some people find that the injury does not impact on their life sufficiently enough to warrant surgery, however for sports people and those with active lifestyles, surgical reconstruction of the ACL is a generally a very successful procedure to restore function to the knee.

David Pemberton offers reconstruction of the ACL using a hamstring graft harvested from the patient's own body.  ACL injuries are often accompanied by damage to the menisci (small discs of cartilage that act as shock absorbers in the knee), which can be repaired in the same procedure, if necessary.  Recovery can take from 6 months to a year, and Mr Pemberton works with specialist knee physiotherapists to provide a structure rehabilitation programme geared to the individual's needs.

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Date of registration:

01 Jul 1984





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Mr David Pemberton

Tel: 02920 836752


Areas of expertise

Treatments offered

  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction
  • Knee ligament repair
  • Meniscal repair
  • Knee cartilage repair
  • Unicompartmental knee replacement
  • Total knee replacement

Qualifications and memberships


  • MB BCh Wales, 1984

  • FRCS, 1988

  • Fellowship lower limb surgery Adelaide, 1993-994


Places of work

Private practice

Vale Healthcare's,  Cardiff Bay Clinic, Celtic Gateway, Dunleavy Drive, Cardiff, CF11 0SN 

Tel: 0292 083 6700  

Web: www.vale-healthcare.com