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Mr David Elson
MBChB MRCS FRCS(Tr&Orth)
Orthopaedic Surgery
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SUBSPECIALTIES

Knee Surgery
Trauma Surgery

REGISTERED WITH

General Medical Council: 4698340

LANGUAGES

english

About

I am a consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon.  I specialise in complex knee surgery, particularly for younger patients who may have been told that they have to "wait for a knee replacement". 

I qualified in 2000 from Edinburgh University medical school.  My surgical training was completed in Edinburgh, Manchester and Newcastle, before fellowship training in Cardiff and Hampshire. 

I am the chairman of the United Kingdom Knee Osteotomy Registry (www.ukkor.co.uk) which is dedicated to improving outcomes for knee osteotomy patients.  

I have authored several papers on knee surgery in particular regarding knee pain and osteotomies around the knee.  I have spoken at many national and international conferences and Congress.  My NHS practice is at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead.  I conduct private consultations from the Spire Hospital in Washington (November 2018 onwards).

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Medical Procedures

Biological knee surgery


  • Knee Re-alignment Osteotomy
  • High Tibial Osteotomy
  • Distal Femoral Osteotomy
  • Double Osteotomy
  • Slope Changing Osteotomy

  • Patella Re-Alignment surgery
  • Tibial Tubercle osteotomy
  • Medial Patellofemoral ligament reconstruction

  • Knee Ligament Repair / Reconstruction
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction
  • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Reconstruction
  • Collateral ligament repair / reconstruction
  • MultiLigament Reconstruction

  • Meniscal reconstruction
  • Meniscal repair
  • Meniscal transplantation

  • Cartilage Regeneration
  • Chondroplasty
  • Micro fracture 
  • Autologous Matrix Induced Chondrogenesis

Bionic knee surgery

  • Partial Knee Replacement
  • Total Knee replacement
  • Custom made Total Knee replacement

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Special Interests

My clinical practice focusses on knee surgery and general trauma presentations.  I have a special interest in younger patients with knee problems, where I endeavour to offer biological (joint preserving) knee surgery rather than bionic (joint replacing) knee surgery if this is possible.  To do this I have surgical strategies to correct for malalignment, ligament injuries, cartilage and meniscal deficiencies.

If you do need a knee replacement then it may be possible to have a partial knee replacement rather than a total knee, or may be possible to fit a custom-made total knee replacement for you.  This is something to discuss at your initial consultation.

Education

Education:

  • 2000 MBChB at University of Edinburgh
  • 2004 MRCS Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
  • 2013 FRCS (Trauma & Orthopaedics) Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh


Memberships:

  • AO - AO Trauma group
  • BKS - Biological Knee Society

  • BOA - British Orthopaedic Association

  • BOSTAA - British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma Arthroscopy Association

  • BASK - British Association for Surgery of the Knee (executive committee)

  • Chairman - United Kingdom Knee Osteotomy Registry (www.ukkor.co.uk)

  • Co-convener - Northern Osteotomy Masterclass (www.northernosteotomy.co.uk)

  • Director - Which Orthopaedic Implant Ltd (www.whichorthopaedicimplant.com)

  • ESSKA - European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy
  • RCS - Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

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