Mr Harbhajan Singh Plaha

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

FCPS, FRCS (Ed.), FRCS (Eng.), FRCS (Orth.), MS


Specialises in

  • Hip and knee replacement surgery
  • Knee arthroscopy surgery
  • All foot surgery, including bunion surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Sports injury

I am a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Spire Hartswood hospital in Brentwood, Essex, offering specialist private hip, knee and general orthopaedic surgery. I have been practising orthopaedic surgery since 1979 and during my formative years I gained broad training in general and vascular surgery, paediatric, maxillo-facial, plastic, upper and lower limb trauma.

I wanted to have a comprehensive understanding of most surgical specialties before pursuing my career in orthopaedics. For total hip replacement surgery I use as small an incision as possible, so that recovery is quicker. However, I also have a special passion for hand and foot surgery in particular bunion surgery. Most of my bunion surgery does not require an overnight stay and I do not use a plaster or metal fixation, which allows faster and more comfortable mobilisation for the patient post operatively.

I offer two clinics a week at Spire Hartswood which provides you, the patient, with a wider choice of appointments. A date for surgery, if necessary, is also arranged at the time of consultation. I regularly give presentations to GPs and patient participation groups on various topics of orthopaedic surgery.

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General Medical Council Number: C2380588

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Harbhajan Singh Plaha at Spire include:

Orthopaedics - hip and knee

Orthopaedics - ankle and foot

Orthopaedics - hand and wrist

Other treatments

  • Arthroscopy
  • Foot surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Lower limb reconstructive surgery
  • Sports injury

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Important information about Covid-19 tests

Spire Hartswood Hospital is only able to provide Covid-19 tests to patients undergoing surgery at our hospital. Covid-19 testing or antibody tests are not available as a standalone service.

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Additional information

Clinical interests

Arthroscopy
Foot surgery
Hand surgery
Hip surgery
Knee surgery
Orthopaedic surgery
Sports injury
Hand and wrist surgery

Special clinical interests: Hip and knee surgery, arthroscopy, sports injury, lower limb reconstructive surgery, hand surgery and forefoot surgery. All foot surgery including bunion surgery, Achilles tendon Nail excision Silastic arthroplasty Adductor release Morton’s neuroma Cheilectomy Chevron Extensor tenotomy Hand surgery, carpal tunnel, Dupuytren’s, trigger finger, trapezium, ganglions, de Quervain’s

Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Chairman of Barking, Havering and Brentwood Division British Medical Association

Fellow of British Orthopaedic Association

Fellow of British Orthopaedic Association

Member of the British Hip Society

Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of England

Current NHS posts

Until 2012 I was a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and I am now a fully private consultant.

Personal profile

My hobbies are cricket, chess, gardening, DIY and house refurbishment. I also enjoy reading about and keeping abreast of developments in exploration of outer space.

Financial interests

Holds less than 0.1% of the shares in Spire Healthcare Group plc.