Mr James Arbuthnot

Mr James Arbuthnot

Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon
MBChB, MRCS (Eng), FRCS (Tr&Orth)

Practising at

Spire Little Aston Hospital

Spire Parkway Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr James Arbuthnot at Spire include:



Other treatments

Trauma and orthopaedic surgery, knee surgery, knee replacement, partial knee replacement, patellofemoral knee replacement, unicompartmental knee replacement, revision (re-do) knee replacement, arthroscopy (keyhole) knee surgery, ligament reconstruction, cartilage surgery, cartilage repair/regeneration, osteochondral grafting, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, reconstruction/repair of knee ligament injuries, meniscal surgery (meniscectomy, meniscal repair, meniscal preservation surgery), sports knee injury management, tendon injuries, knee realignment surgery, high tibial osteotomy, patella (kneecap) stabilisation

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Professional profile

I was appointed to my current NHS position in 2008 as Consultant Surgeon in Trauma and Orthopaedics with a special interest in knee surgery. I have a particular interest in the surgical treatment of knee injuries and early knee arthritis. I work exclusively as a knee and trauma surgeon which gives me a sub-specialist position in the field of knee surgery.

I undertake only knee surgery which allows me to focus keenly on all aspects of problems affecting the knee: I treat young patients with sporting injuries such as ligament tears and strains, cartilage injuries and fractures and also patients with degenerative conditions of the knee. I find the treatment of early arthritis a particularly exciting challenge with new techniques developing that are proving very effective in reducing pain and maximising function. I carry out a high volume of knee replacements too and also am often required to see patients who need revision (re-do) operations of a knee replacement

I carry out, on average, 75 to 100 knee replacements (total or partial) and 70-75 anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions per year. I have just completed an audit of 100 meniscal repair (knee cartilage repair) operations from the last three years. My sub-specialisation in knee surgery allows me to build a knee specialist practice that optimises outcomes for my patients

I work as a surgical partner in a knee specialist clinic providing Knee and sports injury treatment (both surgical and non-surgical). The Midland Knee Clinic treats all patients with knee problems locally based in the Midlands, nationally and internationally. Out-patient and surgical services are offered in Sutton Coldfield and Solihull.

Clinical Interests

Knee surgery
Soft tissue injuries
Sports injury

Special Clinical Interests: Knee reconstruction including anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, and cartilage and meniscal injury.

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Qualification and professional memberships

MBChB, MRCS(Eng), FRCS (Tr and Orth) / University of Liverpool / 1997
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
British Orthopaedic Association
British Association for Surgery of the Knee

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Current NHS posts

Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (Good Hope and Solihull Hospitals)

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Personal Profile

I enjoy sports including rugby, and was an enthusiastic amateur for 20 years - but I'm now long retired. Playing football, I represented English doctors in Italy vs. England 1998. I provide match day surgical cover for Aston Villa FC 1st team. I dive and have my PADI, and am a qualified Open Water Diver. I enjoy outdoor pursuits, like walking and skiing. As well as travelling, across Africa, Asia, Australasia, North America and Central/Eastern Europe. I also enjoy the theatre and reading. The majority of my spare time is spent with my young family.

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Private contact details

Telephone 0121 704 5530