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Stephen Palmer: Consultant Knee Surgeon,Chelmsford, Essex

Consultant Knee Surgeon, Chelmsford, Essex: Stephen Palmer
Consultant Knee Surgeon, Chelmsford, Essex: Stephen Palmer

An Essex-based knee surgeon with a special interest in the treatment of osteoarthritis and sports injuries to the knee, offering all the latest arthroscopic, reconstructive and knee replacement techniques.

Mr Stephen Palmer is Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, Essex.  He offers private treatment for knee problems at Springfield Hospital in Chelmsford.

An experienced knee specialist in Essex

Following his medical training at St Thomas' Hospital, London, Mr Palmer undertook his specialist training in trauma and orthopaedics at various centres of excellence in East Anglia, going on to complete his training with a prestigious knee fellowship at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.  With over 13 years' experience at consultant level, he is an insightful and dynamic surgeon who always stays abreast of the latest developments in knee surgery to provide the best possible service to his patients.

Mr Palmer has a special interest and expertise in the treatment of sports injuries to the knee and osteoarthritis, and offers a range of modern procedures suitable for both the young and the elderly, including knee arthroscopy, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, knee replacement with the long-lasting Oxinium knee implant and Visionaire patient-specific total knee replacement.  As the clinical lead for the Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic at Springfield Hospital, he works in close collaboration with specialist physiotherapists to return patients to previous levels of fitness and activity in the shortest time possible.

Knee conditions treated by Mr Stephen Palmer

Mr Palmer offers expert assessment and treatment for a wide range of knee conditions, including:

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

Springfield Hospital is one of Essex’s leading private hospitals
Springfield Hospital is one of Essex's leading private hospitals

Oxinium knee replacement for younger patients

Modern knee implants made of cobalt chrome components separated by a polythene spacer have proved a very successful treatment for arthritis in patients over 65, usually lasting in the region of 15 to 20 years.  However, as sport has become increasingly popular for all age groups and people stay active well into middle age, the incidence of knee arthritis in younger patients has increased.  Conventional implants are often not suitable for these patients as they will almost certainly need to be replaced in the future and are more susceptible to wear in very active people.

Mr Palmer offers total knee replacement using an implant made of Oxinium, a durable and highly abrasion-resistant alloy of zirconium that in tests has shown an 85% decrease in the wear of the polythene spacer compared to cobalt chrome.

Visionaire patient-specific total knee replacement

Total knee replacement surgery is a procedure to replace the worn out ends of the shin bone and thigh bone with metal or ceramic implants separated by a plastic spacer.  The implants are fixed into the bones 

by using special cutting blocks that act as templates to drill holes into the bone that precisely match the shape of the implant.  In conventional knee replacement surgery, this process takes place during the operation and can be time consuming.

Using the very latest Visionaire technology, Mr Palmer is able to prepare cutting blocks that are customised to the patient's anatomy in advance of the operation, significantly decreasing the surgery time. Visionaire knee replacement surgery is also less invasive compared to conventional total knee replacement and is associated with better and more speedy recoveries.  It is also thought that the precise fit and alignment of Visionaire knee replacements may increase their longevity.

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doctor’s GMC registration

Date of registration:

01 Aug 1991


Special register

07 Mar 2002

Trauma and Orthopaedic surgery



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Mr Stephen Palmer

Tel: 01371 821454 (secretary)

Email: stephen.palmer@meht.nhs.uk

Web:  www.kneesurgeryessex.com



Areas of expertise

Treatments offered

  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
  • Total knee replacement
  • Oxinium total knee replacement
  • Visionaire total knee replacement
  • Partial knee replacement (patello-femoral and unicompartmental)
  • Revision knee replacement

Qualifications and memberships


  • MB BS
  • FRCS(Tr & Orth)


Places of work

Springfield Hospital, Lawn Lane, Springfield, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 7GU 

Web:   www.springfieldhospital.co.uk 

Call for appointments: 01245 234040

Practice manager Margaret Langridge: 07818 032910