Mr Colin Esler

Mr Colin Esler

Orthopaedic Surgeon

BMedSci (Hons), BM, BS, FRCS (Tr & Orth)

Specialises in

  • Partial and total knee replacement
  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Knee sports injury and preservation procedures
  • Arthritis management in young patients
  • Mr Esler sees adults and children over 11 years

My practice embraces all aspects of knee surgery arthroscopy and ligament reconstruction (including ACL). I have an interest in the treatment of young patients with osteoarthritis and perform procedures to allow them to continue in their sports and employment. This may involve corrective realignment procedures (high tibial and distal femoral osteotomies) rather than joint replacement. I have particular interest in problem or failing knee replacements. I perform hip replacement surgery

I was trained in orthopaedic surgery in Nottingham, Exeter, Bournemouth and Leicester and have worked in Leicester since 1995. I was awarded funding in 1994 to undertake research on knee replacement surgery and evaluate types of knee replacement. In 1997 I was awarded a fellowship at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) regarding hip and knee surgery. I was appointed as a consultant in Leicester in 2000.

I am President of The British Association for Surgery of the Knee (2016-18).

I represent knee surgeons and patients on the Medical Advisory Committee and Editorial Board of the National Joint Register. I work with the regulatory authorities to assess the safety of new and existing implants with Beyond Compliance and the Orthopaedic Data Evaluation Panel.

I enter data on my surgery to national audits, the National Joint Register (NJR), UK National Ligament Register (UKNLR) and the UK Knee Osteotomy Register)

I have presented my research on knee replacement in patients aged less than 55 years both nationally and internationally. The aims of my research are to improve the results of surgery and to provide patients with a better understanding of what to expect from surgery.

I act as reviewer for peer reviewed orthopaedic scientific journals and publish regularly myself.


General Medical Council Number: C3063792

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Colin Esler at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • ACL reconstruction
  • Cartilage surgery
  • Knee conserving realignment procedures
  • Partial knee replacement
  • Sports injuries

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Additional information

Knee surgery
Orthopaedic surgery
Hip surgery
Sports injury

Special clinical interests: Knee arthroscopy. Reconstruction ACL. Meniscal repair. Articular cartilage transplantation. Arthritis of the knee in young patients. Minimally invasive knee replacement surgery. Revision knee replacement surgery.

B.Med.Sci (Hons), BM, BS. / University of Nottingham / 1985
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

FRCS (Tr & Orth) / Intercollegiate Board of the Royal College of Surgeons / 1998
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

MD / University of Leicester / 2015
Doctor of Medicine (for research)

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

President of the British Association for Surgery of the Knee

Member of The European Society for Sports Medicine Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA)

Member of The British Hip Society

Past Council Member of the British Orthopaedic Association

Medical Advisory Committee and Editorial Board member of the National Joint Register

Lead Clinician for Beyond Compliance for the Medical & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency.

Member of the Orthopaedic Data Evaluation Panel for Knee Implants

Professional leadership

Medical Advisory Committee and Editorial Board of the National Joint Register

Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

Hon Senior Lecturer, University of Leicester

I continue to actively participate in rowing, cycling and running (marathons and half marathons) which helps my understanding of sporting injuries and the need to get back to sport rapidly. I actively support the Leicester Tigers Rugby Club.

Mr Colin Esler holds less than 0.1% of the shares in Spire Healthcare Group plc
Private secretary Gemma Winters
Private secretary telephone 07377 266513
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