Mr Mark Forster

Mr Mark Forster

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
MB, ChB, FRCS, FRCS (Orth)

Practising at

Spire Cardiff Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Mark Forster at Spire include:


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Professional profile

I have been a consultant orthopaedic surgeon since 2007. I am a specialist knee surgeon and have particular expertise in knee replacement, ligament reconstruction, patellofemoral disorders and adolescent knee problems.

As a specialist knee surgeon, I treat all aspects of knee surgery and perform over 300 knee operations per year. My specific interests include arthroscopic surgery, ligament reconstruction, primary and revision knee replacement, patella disorders, osteotomy, adolescent knee problems and treatment of knee arthritis in young and active patients.

To date I have performed over 800 primary knee replacements, 100 revision knee replacements, 350 knee ligament reconstructions, 200 patellofemoral operations and over 1200 knee arthroscopies.

I have been the lead knee clinician for the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board since march 2012.

I am also Honorary clinical teacher at Cardiff University.

Clinical Interests

Knee surgery
Paediatric orthopaedics
Soft tissue injuries
Sports injury

Private contact details

Telephone 029 2073 1112
Private secretary Cheryl Forster
Private secretary fax 014 4677 1359
Private secretary email
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Qualification and professional memberships

MB ChB / University of Sheffield / 1993
Bachelor of medicine, bachelor of surgery

FRCS (Ed) / Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh / 1998
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

FRCS (Tr & Orth) / Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh / 2004
Intercollegate Fellowship in Trauma & Orthopaedics

Professional memberships

British Association for Surgery of the Knee
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
British Medical Association

Professional leadership

Lead Knee Clinician for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (March 2012 to Present)

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon, University Hospital of Wales & Llandough Hospital.

Lead Knee Clinician, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board.

Honorary Clinical Teacher, Cardiff University. 

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Research and Publication

I am heavily involved in research, with over 40 papers in peer reviewed journals and over 50 national and international presentations. I am also a reviewer for The Knee and The American Journal of Sports Medicine.

Below are some examples of journal articles I have contributed to.


The use of rivaroxaban for chemical thromboprophylaxis following total knee replacement.
December 2013

Review of Kinemax total knee replacements performed at the NHS Treatment Centre, Weston Super Mare: Five year results.
April 2012

Lateral unicompartmental knee replacement: fixed or mobile bearing?
September 2007

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Personal Profile

I enjoy travelling to unusual places off the beaten track and have been fortunate to travel to many amazing places around the world. I love the great outdoors and spending time walking up hills or along the beach. I enjoy good food and good company. I am a keen football fan. I am married with one son.

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