Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon - Knee

Mr Sudhir Rao

Schoen Clinic Orthopaedic and Spinal Hospital London

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon - Knee


Mr Sudhir Rao is a leading Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in all aspects of knee and hip surgery. He is a very experienced knee and hip surgeon having performed in excess of 2500 knee and hip procedures over the last 25 years. He was a NHS Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon at Kings College Group of hospitals but works only privately now. He was the Lead Clinician of the orthopaedic department and the Clinical Chair at one of the Circle Group of hospitals. Mr Rao specialises in sports injuries of the knee, knee replacement surgery, customised knee replacement surgery (Conformis), arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery, knee ligament surgery and hip replacement surgery, knee osteotomy surgery (high tibial osteotomy and distal femoral osteotomy).

Knee and hip replacement surgery
Mr Rao is a member of the British Association of Knee surgeons (BASK) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). He firmly believes in "rapid recovery and enhanced pain relief" following Hip and Knee replacement surgery to ensure high quality pain relief after surgery and early mobilisation. He has lectured internationally on the subject and has trained local surgeons. His outcomes on the UK National Joint registry (NJR) are excellent with very low revision or complication rates (below).

The UK National Joint Registry (the leading joint registry in the world) regularly publishes data on Consultant Specific Revision Rates, where any implant that has been revised due to a complication is logged and monitored. Mr Rao has very low revision rates on the UK NJR. He is a very safe and experienced surgeon.

He will be working at the Schoen Clinic with a team of intensive care consultants, specialist nurse practitioners, sports and exercise medicine consultants and physiotherapists to work together to achieve optimal results. He performs include both partial and full surface replacements and will be performing customised knee replacement for patients (3D printed knee - Conformis) and will be using in appropriate patients computerised alignment methods and he has an interest in robotic surgery for the appropriate patient.

Customised knee replacement surgery (Conformis) and Stryker knee replacement
Mr Rao performs customised knee replacement surgery in patients who choose this procedure. He also performs standard (off the shelf) Stryker Knee replacement surgery. He has performed in excess of 2500 Knees and Hips over the last 25 years with very low complication and revision rates as evidenced by the National Joint registry (NJR) UK.

Knee osteotomy surgery
To avoid knee replacement in patients who are young (<60?), he performs knee osteotomy surgery which can avoid the need for a knee replacement for 15-20 years. For precision, he uses special X-rays and calculations to give reliable outcomes for this group of patients who have often had previous meniscal surgery and are still in pain.

Soft tissue knee injury
Mr Rao has trained in the US for expertise in knee soft tissue surgery (ligaments/meniscus/cartilage) and treats numerous semi-professional and amateur sportsmen. His clientele includes football players, rugby players, skiers and other contact/non-contact sports. He has performed hundreds of successful ACL reconstructions and customises the operation and graft to the individual patient. Most patients are able to comfortably walk out of hospital the same day. His operations are entered into the National ligament registry to ensure his patients are monitored post-surgery.

Cartilage, tendon and ligament injuries
Mr Rao performs several biological solutions to cartilage defects in the knee and hip. He uses chondrocyte implantation and cartilage transfer quite often and this is done simultaneously with ligament surgery. Tendon and ligament injuries around the hip and knee are also treated by biological means with surgery only as a last resort.

Hip replacement surgery
Mr Rao performs hip replacement surgery for Hip arthritis/dysplasia using Un-cemented and Cemented hips depending on the age, bone quality and activity of the person wants to do. This includes ceramic hips, dual mobility hips and standard hips based what is most appropriate. Using pain relieving medicines, careful soft tissue techniques, resulting in minimal blood loss and high stability patients go home within 2/3 days after surgery.

His outcomes on the UK National Joint registry (NJR) are excellent with very low revision or complication rates.

Training and Awards

  • Mr Rao trained at King Edward Memorial Hospital and GS Medical College in Mumbai. He was university rank holder and obtained distinctions in Anatomy and Surgery (MBBS) and the Shirwalkar award in clinical medicine.
  • In the UK, he trained at the Wessex region training rotation and the North-West Region training rotation and was appointed as Consultant in the London South-East region in 1996.
  • Mr Rao has done his knee fellowship in the UK in Manchester and the sports injuries training in the US at Boston. He has also done his hip fellowship in the UK in Manchester. He has worked at numerous centres of excellence in the UK and has been a Consultant in the South-East of London.
  • Mr Rao is a member of the British Orthopaedic Association, British Association for Surgery of the Knee and an international fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
  • Mr Rao has numerous publications on Knee and Hip surgery and has written a chapter in book of hip surgery. He lectures internationally on knee surgery and has been a Senior Trainer to the London and Kent, Sussex and Surrey Deaneries in the past training Specialist Registrars in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Customised knee replacement (Conformis - patient specific)
Mr Rao performs customised knee replacement surgery based on patient specific anatomy to give the best fit for each patient rather than an off-the-shelf for knee replacement. This can result in a much better fit for you, lesser bone loss and better satisfaction from the surgery. 

This requires scans of your knee to get an exact picture of your knee so that the knee replacement can be manufactured for you. This may take 6 – 8 weeks from the time the scans are done to schedule your surgery.

You can see the animation of the operation below or by looking up the Conformis website here and here.

Read Mr Rao's Conformis patient experiences here.

Patient stories following Conformis knee replacement

Eliot's bilateral knee replacement result: YouTube video of Eliot's story

Molly's knee replacement result: YouTube video of Molly's story

Michele's knee replacement result: YouTube video of Michele's story

Consultant Mr Rao’s website: www.kneehipandshoulder.com

Mr Rao’s secretary: alison.hagerty@hotmail.com or phone: +44 7988 642988

Professional membership:

  • British Association for Surgery of the Knee (BASK)
  • British Shoulder and Elbow Society (BESS)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)


  • Sports injury and sports surgery of the knee, hip and shoulder
  • Sports tendon and ligament injuries
  • ACL reconstruction
  • Knee arthritis
  • Hip arthritis
  • Knee arthroscopic surgery
  • Knee full and partial replacement
  • Revision knee replacement
  • Hip arthroscopic surgery
  • Hip replacement
  • Revision hip replacement