Mr Michael McNicholas

Mr Michael McNicholas

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

BSc, MB, ChB, FRCS (Edin & Glas) MD, FRCSEd (Tr & Orth), FFSEM RSCI

Specialises in

  • Knee arthritis treatments
  • Sports injury
  • Complex knee injuries
  • Keyhole surgery
  • Medicolegal negligence in knee surgery

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I was trained in St Andrews, Manchester, Dundee, Inverness and Edinburgh. I was appointed as a consultant trauma and orthopaedic surgeon in 2001 to Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. My clinical practice covers all aspects of adult musculoskeletal disorder with particular emphasis on knee surgery, arthroscopy and ligament reconstruction of the knee, sports injuries and knee joint replacement.

In the last 15 years I have performed over 1,000 knee replacement procedures, 6,000 arthroscopies and 1,500 ACL's (figures correct May 2016). I have studied outcomes of meniscus repair, anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, multiple ligament reconstruction, hip and knee replacements, including their effect on return to golfing.

I am involved in international collaborative clinical and basic science research, mainly related to knee disorders and have won awards for this. I have participated in studies comparing different techniques of articular cartilage resurfacing, the active trial and the summit trial. My continued interest in sports medicine has been recognised by election, without examination, as a Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.

I am regularly invited to teach at national and international meetings, training juniors and other consultants on arthroscopic surgery, ligament reconstruction, knee replacement and trauma surgery. I teach on courses for orthopaedic surgeons in trauma surgery, arthroscopic surgery, ligament reconstruction of the knee and hip and knee replacement surgery. I have been awarded an honorary professorship by the directorate of sport at the University of Salford. This was in recognition of our continued successful collaborations in research and teaching on the rehabilitation of injured sportsmen and women.

I am an honorary professor, directorate of sport – University of Salford. I am also a member of the National Ligament Registry Steering Committee, promoting better outcomes data for anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions.

The Mersey regional training rotation nominated me as trainer of the year in 2012. I am a faculty for train the trainer, training assessment in the clinical environment and advanced arthroscopy courses of the Royal College of Surgeons.


General Medical Council Number: C3405309

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Michael McNicholas at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Arthroscopy and ligament reconstruction in the knee
  • Articular cartilage repair
  • Focal knee arthroplasty implant treatment
  • Medacta personalised “My Knee” minimally invasive total knee replacement
  • Revision knee replacement
  • Sports injuries
  • Total knee joint replacement

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Additional information

Knee surgery
Orthopaedic medicine
Pain relief
Soft tissue injuries
Sports injury
Sports medicine

BSc / University of St Andrews / 1986
Bachelor of Science

MB ChB / University of Manchester / 1989
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

FRCS / Edinburgh / 1994
Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons

FRCS / Glasgow / 1994
Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons

FRCSEd (Tr and Orth) / Nottingham / 2000
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons

MD / University of Dundee / 2000
Doctor of Medicine

FFSEM RCSI / Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland / 2004
Speciality Fellowship Exam

Professional memberships

British Orthopaedic Research Society

British Orthopaedic Association

British Association of Surgery of the Knee

International Cartilage Repair Society

International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

British Medical Association

Arthroscopy Association of North America

UK Biological Knee Society

British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma Association

European Society of Sports Traumatology Knee Surgery & Arthroscopy

European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Professional leadership

UK Biological Knee Society - President and Director of the charity
The International Cartilage Regeneration & Joint Preservation Society - Committee member
UK National Ligament Registry - Steering Group Industry Liaison Officer
Nat. Inst. for Health and Care Excellence - Clinician advisor
Advisory Board Member EPSRC - University of Leeds
Honorary Senior Lecturer - University of Manchester
Liverpool University Hospitals - Co-chair Orthopaedic Research Committee
Orthopaedic Product News Knee Conference Leeds - Chair
University College London - MD (Res) External Examiner

Michael McNicholas is an Honorary Senior Lecturer the University of Manchester since 2019. He was Honorary Professor at the University of Salford 2006 to 2018 and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Liverpool 2014 to 2020.

He has also been awarded grants of over £1.3 million.

Mr McNicholas is involved in international collaborative clinical and basic science research, mainly related to knee disorders and has won awards for this. Current research interests include graphene and stem cell applications in knee injury; ligament reconstruction, osteotomy, cartilage repair and arthroplasty outcomes, including their effect on return to golfing and the treatment of focal articular cartilage defects and early arthritis using novel implants.


He has written 15 book chapters, over 45 peer reviewed publications, over 145 National and International Podium and over 100 Poster Presentations.

Media Coverage

'Shock absorber' device for the knees is giving people immobilised by arthritis their lives back - without the need for joint replacement surgery.
Jan 2019

ACL reconstruction and the National Ligament Registry: what will it tell us?
Aug 2016

Focal resurfacing implants in the knee and partial knee replacements. ICRS Proceedings; Chicago.
Jan 2015

The Surgeon’s perspective on the Kinespring Implant - interview with Tina Tan, Clinica Magazine.
June 2013

The Goal Study launched at Aintree Hospital. BBC Radio Merseyside, Drivetime interview.
June 2011

Me and my operation: How a tiny toggle put the bounce back in my knees.
June 2011

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Liverpool University Hospitals, Broadgreen.

Home life is busy as I have six children. I travel a lot for work and pleasure. My other main interest outside medicine is sport. I regularly hike, sail, dive, swim and occasionally play golf. I played water polo for Warrington and I am a St Andrew's University blue in swimming and water polo and Manchester University half maroon in water polo. I have college and university colours in volleyball. I have played rugby for my medical schools and combined Manchester Hospitals and for Madras FP RUFC.    

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