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Charles Willis-Owen

Consultant Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon

, Poole and Bournemouth

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Charles Willis-Owen: Knee and Sports Specialist in Poole and Bournemouth

Mr Charles Willis-Owen is an Oxford-trained orthopaedic surgeon specialising in knee surgery and sports injuries. With a private practice based in Poole and Bournemouth, he offers personalised treatment using the very latest technologies and techniques for the full range of knee conditions, including sports injuries, torn cartilage and ligaments and knee arthritis. Charles Willis-Owen is available for video consultations. 

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Training and experience

Charles graduated in medicine from Oxford University in 2000. He undertook his specialist orthopaedic training on the prestigious North West Thames training rotation. In his spare time, he also qualified in Sports and Exercise and Sports Psychology, becoming triple-qualified in orthopaedic surgery, sports medicine and sports psychology.

During his specialist training, Charles was awarded a fellowship at Sportsmed SA, South Australia’s leading sports clinic, which gave him the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s best sports knee and hip surgeons.

Charles was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in 2011, working initially at the major trauma unit at St Mary’s Hospital in Central London and then for four years in South East London. Having developed his skills and reputation in the capital, he relocated with his young family to Dorset.

Charles is passionate about all forms of sport. He has represented Great Britain in the cycling World Championships, competed at international elite level for marathon running and rowed at Oxford University amongst other achievements. This unique experience coupled with his unique training has provided him with a deep understanding of the challenges that athletes and active people of all abilities face and the frustration that injury can cause.

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Charles is committed to helping patients from all walks of life to continue with their chosen sports or pastime and to reach their full potential, and you don’t have to be a professional athlete to benefit from his expert attention. Charles offers an extensive range of cutting-edge treatment options:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction with ALL reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic (keyhole) knee surgery
  • Cartilage regeneration with stem cell based treatment
  • Computer-designed patient-specific instruments for perfect knee replacements
  • High performance Knee replacement, for an active lifestyle
  • Partial knee replacement / Knee resurfacing
  • Robot-assisted knee replacement surgery
  • Shockwave therapy for overuse injuries
  • Therapeutic injections including biological injection therapy

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Charles is available for consultation at Nuffield Health Bournemouth on Thursday mornings, The Bournemouth Private Clinic on Thursday evenings and BMI The Harbour Hospital in Poole on Friday mornings. He gives direct advice by email so if you’re unsure if he is the right man for the job, just ask him.


Charles specialises in seeing self-funded patients and works with the hospitals to offer cost-effective fixed price surgery packages. No referral is necessary, just get in touch.

New consultation fee: £275 (£260 if paid on the day)

Follow up consultation fee: £175 (£160 if paid on the day)

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Research interests

Charles has played an active role in clinical research and academia throughout his career. He has published over 40 papers and has presented at international scientific meetings. His current interest is in speeding up recovery by protecting and perfecting sleep.

Charles acts as an advisor to the orthopaedic industry and is currently developing his own surgical device. He has been advising on the development of new robotic surgery technology.

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What patients say about Charles Willis-Owen

Aside from being a top-class surgeon, Mr Willis-Owen really understands the concerns and psychological pressures of major sports injuries. The confidence he instilled in me that the surgery would work, and it would be possible to return to high-level competitive sport was priceless. Thank you!

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Accreditation and admitting rights

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Professional details



Qualified in 2000 in United Kingdom

Registrations and licensing

  • General Medical Council (GMC)

    Registration no.: 4731210
    Date of registration: 01-Aug-2001

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