Mr Simon Nicholas John Roberts

Consultant Orthopaedic & Sports Injury Surgeon


Specialises in

  • Sports injury specialist for knee, shoulder and ankle
  • Arthroscopic surgery cartilage and instability
  • Calcific tendonitis
  • ACL reconstruction
My practice is entirely sports injuries, but this includes caring for the musculoskeletal problems of active people of all ages. I do not do any joint replacements at all so that I can specialise and improve the treatments which I can offer. The majority of my work is minimally invasive surgery of the knee, shoulder and ankle for problems of joint instability, ligament and cartilage problems and joint surface defects. The common condition treated in the knee are cartilage (meniscus) tears and ligament injuries, especially anterior cruciate (ACL), in the shoulder, dislocations and subluxations of the shoulder and acromioclavicular (ACJ) joint as well as pain in the throwing athlete. In the ankle, as well as tendonitis, arthroscopy is useful for sprains and ligament tears, loose bodies and footballers’ “spurs”. I train junior doctors in the examination, assessment and management of these conditions.I was appointed an NHS Consultant Orthopaedic and Sports Injury Surgeon to the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry at the end of 1998 (an unusual place for a large and thriving world famous hospital which was sited in the borderlands of North West Shropshire and North East Wales by the pioneers of Orthopaedic Surgery at the turn of the century). Oswestry is now a centre of excellence for all kinds of orthopaedic surgery, combining a strong tradition with cutting edge technology. Our theatres are second to none & this, combined being a standalone specialist unit, allows an extremely low infection rate, especially for MRSA. Our research continues at Oswestry’s Institute of Orthopaedics. I am based in Oswestry with NHS work also in Mold and private work in Oswestry and Wrexham.I have treated elite and professional sportsmen since 1999 from numerous clubs and associations including seven Premiership football and eight rugby Superleague teams. I have also treated participants in a large number of other sports including the England rugby union team and Olympic athletes. Increasingly, we are seeing athletes referred to us from abroad. The experience gained in treating elite athletes is helping us find the best treatments for sports enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.I was brought up in Manchester and my sports background is in rugby (union and league – Cambridge and Oxford University “Blues” and England Students) and waterskiing (European Junior champion) before retiring after shoulder and ankle injuries. My general orthopaedic training was in the West Midlands followed by a year in Australia, in the largest sports medicine practice in the Southern Hemisphere and travelling fellowships in the USA and Europe.

General Medical Council Number: C3203459

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Simon Nicholas John Roberts at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Minimally invasive arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery of the knee, shoulder and ankle
  • Ligament (ACL, anterior cruciate ligament) and cartilage regeneration and reconstruction
  • Joint instability and dislocation
  • Tendon problems and repair

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Additional information

Clinical interests

Knee surgery
Orthopaedic surgery
Shoulder surgery
Sports injury

Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

President British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma & Arthroscopy Association

International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery & Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine

International Cartilage Repair Society

British Association for Surgery of the Knee

British Elbow & Shoulder Society.

UK Association of Doctors in Sport

Council Member & Examiner for the Intercollegiate Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine

Fellow of the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine

Professional leadership

President, British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma & Arthroscopy Association
Council Member & Examiner for the Intercollegiate Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine

Research and publications

Cassar-Pullicino VN & Roberts SNJ. Imaging the postoperative knee. Chapter in Imaging of the Knee ed Cassar-Pullicino V & Davies AM. Springer – Verlag 2002. ISBN 3-540-67292-3. Roberts SNJ. Editor of the 1997 “Oswestry Multimedia Yearbook CDROM”. Roberts SNJ. “Examination of the Knee” chapter in: Roberts PJ, Tandon S & Wade RH. Clinical examination for FRCS (Trauma & Orthopaedics): a teaching manual for FRCS (Trauma & Orthopaedics) trainees. Oswestry: Institute of Orthopaedics Publishing Group, 2001. ISBN 0953998215. Roberts SNJ. Chapter “Clinical Shoulder Biomechanics” in Basic Sciences for FRCS (Trauma & Orthopaedics). Pp 89-94. Eds VN Cassar Pullicino & JB Richardson. Institute of Orthopaedics, Oswestry 2001. ISBN 0 9539982 0 7. Roberts SNJ. The Sternoclavicular Joint. Chapter in The Oxford Textbook of Orthopaedics & Trauma. OUP 2011. ISBN 978-0199550647. Roberts SNJ. Tissue Injury & Repair: Articular Cartilage. Chapter in: Sports Injuries. Hutson & Speed. OUP 2011. ISBN 978-0-19-953390-9. Research: Beckingham IJ, Roberts SNJ, Berridge DC, Makin GS, Hopkinson BR. A simple technique for thromboembolectomy in the upper limb. European Journal of Vascular Surgery 1990; 4: 173-177. Roberts SNJ, Foley APJ, Swallow HM, Wallace WA, Coughlan DP. The geometry of the humeral head and humeral prosthesis design. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 1991; 73-B: 647-650. Rowles JM, Roberts SNJ, Robertson CS, The NLDB study group. General surgical injuries in survivors of the M1 Kegworth air crash. Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 1990; 72: 378-381. Roberts SNJ. How to insert a peripheral venous cannula. Comment. The British Journal of Hospital Medicine, June 1991; 45: 339. Roberts SNJ. Post-traumatic Beau lines. Injury, 1993; 24; 9, 637-8. Roberts SNJ, Roberts PME. Orthopaedic trauma in international tournament water-skiers. JBJS 77-B: Supp III: 342. Roberts SNJ. Kneesy does it. British Water Skier, Dec/Jan 1995; 3, 5: 26-27. Roberts SNJ, Roberts PME. Tournament Water Skiing Trauma. British Journal of Sports Medicine June 1996; 30: 90-93. Roberts SNJ, Thomas PBM. Mechanical failure of unreamed tibial nails. Abstract JBJS (Suppl). Roberts PME, Roberts SNJ. Water skiing injuries. Rheumatology in Practice, 1996 3 (4): 21-22. Roberts SNJ, Thomas PBM. Acute compartment syndrome in tibial diaphyseal fractures. Comment. JBJS 1996 July 78-B; 683. Roberts SNJ. Case reports at “Voluntary shoulder subluxation” and “Distal humerus fracture in Albright's Syndrome” June 1997. Roberts SNJ. Analysis of Scapulo-thoracic Cadence. Proceedings of the Combined Meeting of the Orthopaedic Associations of the English Speaking World p80. Roberts SNJ, Carter C, Brown JN, Hayes MG. Saies A. Enormous Glomus Tumour of the Shoulder. Journal of Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, 1999 8 (4) 365-6. Roberts SNJ, Taylor DE, Brown JN, Hayes MG. Saies A. Open & Arthroscopic Techniques for the Treatment of Traumatic Anterior Shoulder Instability in Australian Rules Football Players. Abstract Australian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sport Cardone D, Brown JN, Roberts SNJ, Saies A, Hayes MG. Acromioclavicular joint injuries in Australian Rules Footballers. Abstract Australian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sport Roberts SNJ, Brown JN, Hayes MG. Saies A. The Early Results of the Brunelli Procedure for Trapeziometacarpal Instability. J Hand Surg [Br] 23(6):758-61, 1998 Dec. Roberts SNJ, Taylor DE, Brown JN, Hayes MG. Saies A. Open & Arthroscopic Techniques for the Treatment of Traumatic Anterior Shoulder Instability in Australian Rules Football Players. Journal of Shoulder & Elbow Surgery 8(5):403-9, 1999 Sep-Oct. Brown JN, Roberts S, Taylor M, Paterson RS. Plantar fascia release through a transverse plantar incision. Foot & Ankle International. 20(6):364-7, 1999 Jun. Roberts SNJ, Brown JN, Paterson RS. Tenoplasty for Chronic Achilles Tendinitis. (Abstract JBJS (Br) 81B 1999 Suppl II p153). Brown JN, Roberts SNJ, Hayes MG, Saies AD. Shoulder Pathology Associated with Symptomatic Acromioclavicular Joint Degeneration. Journal of Shoulder & Elbow Surgery. 2000. 9; 3 p173 -176 Roberts SNJ. Analysis of scapulo-thoracic cadence. (Abstract) JBJS (Br) 82B 2000 Suppl II p156. I have written a series of educational articles for a number of lay sports magazines including Inside Rugby & Cricket World. I have reviewed a number of books for publication in Hospital Doctor including “Postgraduate textbook of clinical orthopaedics” by Harris & Birch, “Minimal access orthopaedics” by David Hunt & “Current diagnosis & treatment in orthopaedics” by Harry B Skinner. Quek ST. Unger A. Cassar-Pullicino VN. Roberts SNJ. A self limiting tumour. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. 59(4):252-6, 2000 Apr. Edwards DJ, Brown JN, Roberts SNJ, Paterson RS. Long-term results of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using ilio-tibial tract and semitendinosis tendon. The Knee. 7 (2): 87-93 2000. Roberts SNJ, Hayes MG. The Management of Primary Traumatic Shoulder Dislocation. CME Orthopaedics 2000; 1:22-5. Roberts SNJ, Hayes MG. Sclerotic Lesions of the Clavicle. CME Orthopaedics 2000; 2: 44-47. Roberts S. The Oswestry experience with autologous chondrocyte transplantation. Osteoporosis International 12 Suppl 1 2001. Page S17. Paterson RS, Brown JN, Roberts SNJ. The posteromedial impingement lesion of the ankle. A series of six cases. Am J Sports Med. 2001 29(5): 550-557. Kumar A, Malhan K, Roberts SNJ. Chondral injury from bioabsorbable screws after meniscal repair. Arthroscopy. 2001 Oct;17(8):34. E34 Cardone D. Brown JN. Roberts SN. Saies AD. Hayes MG. Grade III acromioclavicular joint injury in Australian Rules Football. Journal of Science & Medicine in Sport. 5(2):143-8, 2002 Jun. Bailey A, Goodstone N, Roberts S, Hughes J, Roberts S, Van Niekerk L, Richardson J, Rees D. Rehabilitation after Oswestry autologous chondrocyte implantation: The Oscell protocol. J Sports Rehabil. 2003: 12: 104-118. Willcox, N, Roberts S. Delayed biodegradation of a meniscal screw. Arthroscopy 20; 6. July-August suppl 1) 2004: pp20-22. Roach RA. Roberts SNJ, Rees DA. The potential benefit of thermal shrinkage for lax anterior cruciate ligaments. Acta Orthop. Belg. 2004, 70 247-252. Roberts SNJ. Graft choice in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Techniques in Knee Surgery. 4(2):112-119, June 2005. Roberts SNJ. Running Injuries. General Practice Update. Apr 2009; 2(4): 20-27. Gleeson NP, Bailey AK, Rees, D, Roberts SNJ, Richardson JB, Eston, R (2009). Non-concurrent strength and endurance rehabilitation improves short-term functional, neuromuscular and sensorimotor outcomes following both autologous chondrocyte implantation (ACI) repair of chondral lesions and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction.Proceedings of the Physiotherapy Research Society Annual Conference, Glasgow, April. Balain B, Ennis O, Kanes G, Singhal R, Roberts SNJ, Rees D, Kuiper JH. Response shift in self-reported functional scores after knee microfracture for full thickness cartilage lesions. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 2009; 17 (8): 1009-1013. Caesar BC, Roberts SNJ. Stress fractures of the femoral diaphysis. Operative Techniques in sports Medicine. Apr 2009; 17 (2): 94-99. Gallagher PD, Gilbert R, Kanes G, Roberts SNJ, Rees D. White on white meniscal tears to fix or not to fix? The Knee, Volume 17, Issue 4, August 2010, Pages 270-273. Peter D Gallacher, MB ChB, FRCS T&O; Robin E Gilbert, MBBS B. Med. Sci, FRCS T&O; Gaynor Kanes; Simon N J Roberts, FRCS T&O; Dai Rees, FRCS. Outcome of meniscal repair prior compared with concurrent ACL reconstruction. The Knee 19 (2012) 461-463. Effects of knee compartment, concomitant surgery and smoking on medium-term outcome of microfracture. B. Balain, C. Kerin, G. Kanes, S.N. Roberts, D. Rees, J.H. Kuiper. The Knee 19 (2012) 440-444. Polyurethane scaffold in lateral meniscus segmental defects:Clinical outcomes at 24 months follow-up. H. Bouyarmane, P. Beaufils, N. Pujol, J. Bellemans, S. Roberts, T. Spalding,S. Zaffagnini, M. Marcacci, P. Verdonk, M. Womack, R. Verdonk. Orthopaedics & Traumatology: Surgery & Research Volume 100, Issue 1, February 2014, Pages 153-157 Clinical results of polyurethane scaffold in lateral meniscus segmental defects Arthroscopy - Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, October 2013, vol. 29/10 SUPPL. 1(e51-e52), (October 2013). Bouyarmane H., Beaufils P., Bellemans J., Pujol N., Roberts S., Spalding T., Zaffagnini S., Marcacci M., Verdonk P., Verdonk R.E. Antecedent anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery and optimal duration of supervised physiotherapy. H. Darain, A Alkitani, C Yates, A Bailey, SNJ Roberts, F Coutts, N Gleeson. Journal of Back & Musculoskeletal Research. In Press

Current NHS posts

Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire

Personal profile

My wife is a General Practitioner and we have two sons. We are all keen on sports including skiing and cycling.

Contact information

Private secretary Anna Gizzi
Private secretary telephone 01978 268090
Private secretary fax 01978 291397
Private secretary email