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Nikhil Shah: Consultant Knee Specialist, Manchester

Consultant Knee Specialist, Manchester: Nikhil Shah
Consultant Knee Specialist, Manchester: Nikhil Shah
A Manchester-based knee surgeon with a specialist interest in knee replacement surgery, knee arthroscopy and the treatment of knee arthritis.

Mr Nikhil Shah is Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at the Wrightington Hospital, Wigan.  He offers private knee surgery at the John Charnley Wing at Wrightington Hospital and at BMI The Alexandra Hospital, Cheadle.

A specialist in knee replacement surgery and knee arthroscopy

Following his trauma and orthopaedic training in India and the UK, Mr Shah undertook Fellowships in knee and hip replacement surgery, and knee and hip revision surgery at the Wrightington Hospital in Wigan, a world-renowned centre for joint replacement, going on to extend his knowledge and skills at the prestigious Orthopaedic and Arthritic Institute in Toronto, Canada.  A gold medal-winning surgeon, he focuses predominantly on knee and hip replacement surgery for cases of arthritis, trauma, congenital abnormalities and failed implants, providing a range of procedures that are suitable both for the elderly and for the younger patient.

Mr Shah is also a skilled arthroscopic knee surgeon, offering expert diagnosis and treatment for problems such as cartilage damage and meniscal tears.  He is highly experienced in medicolegal matters, providing reports on clinical negligence in cases of primary and revision knee replacement and on personal injuries to the knee

Knee conditions treated by Mr Nikhil Shah

Mr Shah offers assessment and treatment for a range of knee conditions, including:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Meniscal tear
  • Sports-related injuries affecting the bone

Knee replacement surgery in Manchester

Knee replacement surgery, to replace a worn or damaged knee joint with an artificial implant, is a routine and highly effective treatment for arthritis, relieving pain and restoring mobility to tens of thousands of people in the UK each year.   Mr Shah offers all the main types of knee replacement surgery:

Total knee replacement surgery

Most commonly performed in patients over 65 years of age, total knee replacement (TKR) involves surgically removing the damaged ends of the thigh bone (femur) and the shin bone (tibia) and replacing them respectively with a curved metal implant and flat metal implant.   A plastic spacer is placed between the two implants to reduce friction, allowing the knee to move smoothly.  Total knee replacements do wear out over time, but can last up to 20 years.

Partial knee replacement surgery

Also known as unicompartmental knee replacement, partial knee replacement (PKR) is a less invasive procedure to replace only the side of the knee that is affected by arthritis.  It is suitable for younger arthritis sufferers who have strong, healthy ligaments in their knees and usually results in a more natural range of movement compared to TKR.  PKR may also be a good option for older patients who are unable or unwilling to undergo a more major operation. 

PKRs in younger patients are more likely to need to be replaced (revised), with about one person in ten needing further surgery after ten years.  However, PKR is generally easier to revise than TKR, and many find it a very effective stopgap treatment.

Revision knee surgery

Around 90% of TKR implants survive 15 years or more, however a minority of cases may fail due to infection, loosening of the implant, excessive scar formation in the joint or just wearing out over time.  Revision knee surgery to replace a failed implant and resolve the underlying cause of failure is a more complex procedure than primary TKR and should always be performed by a specialist surgeon such as Mr Shah.

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Date of registration:


31 May 2002

390977 A


Accreditation and admitting rights at private hospitals

Mr Nikhil Shah sees private referrals at the John Charnley Wing at Wrightington Hospital and is an accredited consultant for the UK's leading private healthcare providers.


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Contact details

Consultantcare Ltd

Riverside Centre

Alexandra Hospital

Mill Lane




Email: Nikhil.shah@consultantcare.com

Sec: 0161 232 2426

Fax:  0161 850 1270


Treatments offered

  • Total knee replacement
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Revision knee replacement
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Sports injuries

Qualifications and memberships


  • FRCS (Tr&Orth)
  • FRCS (Glasg)
  • MCh (orth)
  • MS (orth)
  • DNB (orth)

Professional memberships

Places of work

NHS base

Wrightington Hospital, Hall Lane,
Appley Bridge,

Tel: 01942 244000


Private practice 

Spire Hospital, Russell Road, Whalley Range, Manchester,M16 8AJ

Tel: 01612 322 691

Fax: 01612 322 255

Email: nikhil.shah@consultantcare.com 


The Alexandra Hospital, Mill Lane, Cheadle

Cheshire, SK8 2WJ

Tel: 01614 957 000