Mr James (Sam) Patton

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

FRCS (Orth), FRCS (Ed), MB ChB

Specialises in

  • Hip replacement
  • Knee replacement
  • MAKO robot assisted hip and knee surgery

I was appointed to the staff at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and the Murrayfield Hospital in 2003. I am a specialist hip and knee surgeon with particular expertise in difficult joint replacement surgery, and musculoskeletal oncology surgery.

I’ve trained on the Stryker Mako robotic arm technology in both Australia and Germany. I believe the robot will have a major effect on partial knee replacements. Using the robotic arm means I can personalise every operation to suit each of my patients, and make alterations mid-operation that couldn’t be made using previous surgical methods.

General Medical Council Number: C3556384

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr James (Sam) Patton at Spire include:

Other treatments

  • Lumps and bumps
  • Revision joint replacement
  • Robot-assisted MAKO partial knee replacement
  • Robot-assisted MAKO total hip replacement

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Additional information

Orthopaedic surgery
Hip surgery
Hip revision surgery
Knee surgery
Sports injury

Professional memberships

British Hip Society

Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh

British Orthopaedic Association

Executive Committee, British Orthopaedic Oncology Society

Professional leadership

Clinical Director, Orthopaedic and Trauma Service, NHS Lothian
Head of Elective Orthopaedic Service, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Selected Research Papers

Computer assisted navigation in musculoskeletal oncology. In Orthopaedics and Trauma(2014),

Implant design influences patient outcome after total knee arthroplasty: a prospective double-blind randomised controlled trial. Bone Joint J. 2015 Jan;97-B(1):64-70.

The identification and quantification of instability in a primary total knee replacement prior to revision.Bone Joint J.2014 Oct;96-B(10):1339-43

Post-operative Oxford knee score can be used to indicate whether patient expectations have been achieved after primary total knee arthroplasty. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2014 Feb 1.

Mega prosthetic distal femoral arthroplasty for non-tumour indications: Does the indication affect the functional outcome and survivorship? Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2014 Jan 31.

What determines patient satisfaction with surgery? A prospective cohort study of 4709 patients following total joint replacement. BMJ Open. 2013 Apr 9;3(4). 

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Lothian University Hospitals Division, New Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Hon Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh 
Clinical Director, Orthopaedic and Trauma Service, NHS Lothian                                           
Head of Elective Orthopaedic Service, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

I live south of Edinburgh with my wife and five children.

Telephone 0131 334 0363
Private secretary 0131 446 3048
Private secretary fax 0131 447 5778
Private secretary email