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Matthew Dawson

Consultant Orthopaedic & Knee Surgeon

, Cumbria and Lancashire

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Matthew Dawson: Consultant Orthopaedic & Knee Surgeon in Cumbria and Lancashire

Matt Dawson is an Internationally renowned Knee Surgeon who specialises in sports injuries and degenerative conditions affecting the joint. He is one of the World's leading authorities on Osteotomy and Joint Preservation surgery lecturing around the globe and convening international congresses on the subject.

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Mr Dawson believes in the principle of joint preservation in order to prolong knee activity and function to the highest level. His philosophy is to assess patients individually with the appreciation that alignment and stability of the knee are the bedrock to successful knee function and effective surgery. This enables the patient to perform activities at the highest level for as long as possible.

Mr Dawson consults and operates privately at BMI Hospital in Lancaster and also holds private clinics in Carlisle and Whitehaven.

Specialist knee training

Having completed his specialist orthopaedic training programme at Kings College Hospital London, Mr Dawson undertook a year long Sports Knee Fellowship in Dublin. He joined North Cumbria University Hospital as a Specialist Knee Surgeon in 2001.

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An initial consultation with Mr Dawson costs £200 and follow up appointments cost £150. Telephone follow up appointments cost £50.

A comprehensive range of specialist knee treatments are performed by Mr Dawson, including:

  • Arthroscopy
  • Femoral and tibial osteotomy
  • Total and partial knee replacement
  • Articular cartilage surgery
  • Cruciate ligament reconstruction
  • Patella realignment and stabilisation
  • Combined complex procedures for deformity and instability.

Mr Dawson holds special interest in soft tissue knee procedures is reflected by the performance of more than 200 arthroscopies annually. This includes treatment of cartilage injury, meniscal tears are kneecap problems such as pain and dislocation. In addition to this, Mr Dawson performs over 50 ACL reconstructions using key hole surgery per year.

Mr Dawson provides one of the largest knee replacement services in the region, having performed over 1000 procedures which including around 300 partial knee replacements. He consistently completes these procedures at above the national standard as confirmed by the National Joint Registry. Only the most advanced equipment is used during knee replacement treatments as Mr Dawson only utilises gold standard implants.

He has developed one of the largest UK practices in osteotomy with over 470 cases to date. As well as tibial or femoral osteotomy Mr Dawson performs double osteotomy, bilateral osteotomy and where appropriate combined osteotomy and ligament procedures.

Mr Dawson’s philosophy is a patient centered approach to surgery that embraces an enhanced recovery programme. This champions pre-operative information and targets a reduction in pain, anxiety and sickness as its main goals. He has successfully introduced this programme into several hospitals including the BMI Hospital Lancaster.

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Committed to the education of healthcare professionals, Mr Dawson hosts a successful fellowship in Osteotomy and Knee surgery at North Cumbria University Hospital and lectures locally, nationally, and internationally. He has published in peer-reviewed journals on the subject of osteotomy. He is a UK member of the European Knee Society, ESSKA and vice chairman of it’s Osteotomy committee.

In June 2015, Mr Dawson launched the annual Northern Osteotomy Masterclass. This acclaimed course runs annually and attracts experts from around the globe and provides high-quality training for consultants and the surgeons of tomorrow. He is a co-convenor of the Basingstoke Osteotomy Masterclass and founder member and committee member of UKKOR, the world’s first national osteotomy registry.

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Pioneering knee surgery

Mr Dawson is working at the leading edge of knee osteotomy surgery with device technologies, surgical applications, and teaching techniques. He is a driver in several research projects in the field. Currently Mr Dawson is collaborating with a leading American company and European colleagues with ground-breaking technology aimed at increasing the accuracy of osteotomy surgery. This innovative technology permits correction of alignment to occur under precise post-operative control using a magnetic remote control device. Mr Dawson is the first UK surgeon to perform this surgery.

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In the media

As a nationally regarded knee specialist, Mr Dawson regularly appears in media publications. A few examples of his media presence can be seen below:

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What patients say about Mr Dawson

The work you have done on my knees has really changed my life. After my operation I went back working as a Sailing Instructor in the summer and as a Ski Rep in the winter. I have since returned to work in the UK but I am still sailing competitively and skiing on a regular basis.

Felicity, 26

Thank you to Matt for my new knees, two years ago today. They are great. Golf, full walking and salsa, it's fantastic.


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Accreditation and admitting rights

Matthew Dawson is an accredited consultant for the following hospitals, clinics and groups...

Professional details


MB ChB, FRCSG (Tr&Orth)

Qualified in 1988

Registrations and licensing

  • General Medical Council (GMC)

    Registration no.: 3358414
    Date of registration: 01-Feb-1989

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