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Mr Sudhir Rao: Consultant Knee Surgeon, London and Kent

Consultant Knee Surgeon, London and Kent: Mr Sudhir Rao
Consultant Knee Surgeon, London and Kent: Mr Sudhir Rao

A highly experienced knee surgeon with a specialist expertise in the management of sports injuries, including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture, meniscal tear, tendinitis and cartilage damage, based in London and Kent.

Mr Sudhir Rao is Consultant Orthopaedic and Sports Surgeon at The Princess Royal University Hospital in Orpington, Kent.  He offers private assessment and treatment for knee conditions at BMI The Blackheath Hospital in London, BMI Chelsfield Park Hospital in Orpington and BMI The Sloane Hospital in Beckenham.

A knee and sports injury specialist

Following extensive training in India and the UK, Mr Rao undertook a knee fellowship in Manchester and specialist training in knee and sports injuries in Boston, USA.  With over 16 years at consultant level, he has enormous clinical experience in procedures such as arthroscopic ligament reconstruction and knee replacement, always keeping up to date with the latest technology and techniques to offer the best treatment options to his patients.

Knee conditions treated by Mr Sudhir Rao

Mr Rao offers expert assessment and treatment for a comprehensive range of knee conditions, including:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture
  • Multi-ligament damage and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) rupture
  • Knee cartilage damage
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Meniscal tear
  • Anterior knee pain
  • Jumper's knee
  • Kneecap dislocation
  • Referred knee pain

Rapid assessment and treatment of sports-related injuries to the knee

Injuries to the knee joint are very commonly sustained during sporting activity, particularly in those sports that involve jumping, tackling or sudden changes in direction.  It is not uncommon for such injuries to be overlooked or misdiagnosed initially: the swelling and pain experienced from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) often resolves on it own, for example.  Early diagnosis and treatment of these types of knee problem is crucial, however, as left untreated they can lead to long term damage and early osteoarthritis of the knee.

Mr Rao offers expert assessment and diagnosis of knee injuries, using the latest imaging techniques, including MRI.  With a special interest and expertise in football, rugby and skiing injuries, he works closely with physiotherapists and other allied health professionals to help return sportsmen and women to pre-injury levels of activity and fitness in the shortest time possible.

Expert treatment of knee arthritis in South-East London and Kent

The surfaces of the knee joint are covered with articular cartilage, a strong, smooth material that enables the bones to move easily over one another.  Over time, or as a result of injury, the articular cartilage of the knee becomes worn or damaged leaving areas of exposed bone that can rub against each other causing pain, swelling and instability (osteoarthritis).

Mr Rao offers a range of treatments for knee arthritis, always aiming to keep the natural joint working effectively for as long as possible.  Treatments for mild or moderate arthritis may include therapeutic injections, physiotherapy or knee osteotomy, a procedure to take the pressure off the arthritic area of the joint.  Where patients are experiencing severe pain that affects everyday activities and fails to respond to more conservative treatment, he offers partial and total replacement of the knee joint using modern and well established implant systems.


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Private Secretary: Alison Hagerty 

Tel: 0208 297 4583

Fax: 0208 297 4581

E-mail: alison.hagerty@bmihealthcare.co.uk

Account enquiries: 01689 857173




Areas of expertise

Treatments offered

  • Knee arthroscopy

  • Articular cartilage repair (microfracture, cartilage transplantation)

  • Meniscectomy and meniscal repair

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction

  • Posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) reconstruction
  • Patellar dislocation correction
  • Patellar tendon surgery
  • Anterior knee pain surgery
  • Knee osteotomy
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Total knee replacement
  • Second opinion service


Qualifications and memberships


  • MBBS – Distinction in Anatomy, Dr Shirwalkar Award of Clinical Medicine

  • DNB(Orth) – Diplomate of the National Board

  • FRCS(Ed) – Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh

  • FRCS(Orthopaedics) – Intercollegiate Speciality Qualification

  • MCh(Orthopaedics) – Master of Surgery in Orthopaedics  (Univ of Liverpool)


Professional memberships


Places of work

NHS – South London Healthcare NHS Trust

Queen Mary’s Hospital – Knee Clinic, Shoulder Clinic

Princess Royal Hospital – Knee Clinic, Hip Clinic


Private hospitals

BMI Blackheath, 40 – 42 Lee Terrace, Blackheath, London, SE3 9UD

Appts: 0208 297 4550

Fax: 0208 297 4581 


BMI Chelsfield Park, Bucks Cross Road, Chlesfield, Orpington, Kent, BR6 7RG

Appts: 01689 877855 

Fax: 01689 837439



BMI Sloane,125 Albemarle Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 2RS

Appts: 0208 4664000 

Fax: 0208 4664001