Mr Samuel Rajaratnam

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Mr Sam Rajaratnam FRCS (Tr. & Orth.) is a leading Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in all aspects of knee surgery.

He runs a successful practice at The Horder Centre, Crowborough, and The McIndoe Centre, in East Grinstead, treating Private and NHS patients.

He has recently been appointed Head of Department - Knee Surgery at the Schoen Clinic in London (opening in July 2018) and provides the latest care in treating disorders of the knee joint.

Additional Information

Medical qualifications MB BS, BSc, FRCS(Tr & Orth)
Year of qualification 1997
Current NHS Post(s) Horder Healthcare
Current memberships Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Member of the British Orthopaedic Association

Professional Profile

Mr Rajaratnam performs amongst the highest number of successful knee replacement operations on the UK National Joint Registry each year (approximately 500 knee replacements) with excellent outcomes, and is an expert on the latest rapid recovery techniques following knee surgery.

The latest joint replacement techniques he performs include both partial and full surface replacements and the latest techniques in-patient specific 3D printed customised alignment methods for accurate fitting of knee implants.

Mr Rajaratnam also treats numerous professional and amateur sportsmen with soft tissue injuries to their knee and performs over 100 ACL reconstructions each year as day case procedures.

He is excited about the advances in stem cells and biological solutions for treating appropriate cartilage defects in the knee and is very careful in selecting the appropriate patient for each new technique.

Training and Awards

  • Sam trained at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital in London and qualified with a First Class degree in anatomy and an MBBS in 1997.
  • Further training via the Royal College of Surgeons, England at numerous centres of excellence in the U.K. and Australia.
  • In 2006 Sam was awarded the Walter Mercer Gold Medal for the best performance throughout Great Britain and Ireland in the final FRCS orthopaedics examination.
  • British Orthopaedic Association Ambassador to Hong Kong in 2007 working in Sydney, Australia, at some of the world’s best knee injury units.
  • Appointed as a Consultant Surgeon in the U.K. in 2008, and now enjoys an excellent national reputation as a leading knee surgeon.
  • Sam lectures internationally on advances in knee surgery and is an advisor to NHS England via the National Orthopaedic Alliance.

Personal Interests

Sam is a keen sportsman and enjoys numerous sports including golf, cricket, tennis and countryside sports. He is also a keen pianist and accordionist.

Patient case study: Glen Noot

In this video Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon Mr Sam Rajaratnam follows up with a patient 6 weeks after his second knee replacement. Mr Glen Noot had suffered from constant pain for the past two years. Following joint replacement surgery on both knees, Mr Noot is now able to go back to work, play golf and enjoy life pain-free.

What were you like before your joint replacement surgery?

"Progressively over the last five or six years it just got worse. I would say the last two years really I was suffering, sleepless nights. A lot of pain, constantly. Playing golf on a Saturday meant Sunday laid up on the couch all day with painkillers and since the operations on both knees it's been absolutely fantastic."

How did you find the knee replacement surgery?

"It was very quick, to be honest, a lot quicker than I thought and the stay in hospital a lot shorter than what it probably would have been when my uncle had it 15 years ago. Three nights and then it's four weeks of physio which is a little bit painful but then, in the long run, those four weeks are a lot better than living with arthritis, arthritic knees and constant pain. So, yes I would do it again tomorrow if I was given the chance. And I would have had it done five years ago if I was given the opportunity, to be honest with you."

Video transcript

Sam Rajaratnam: Glen it's very nice to see you at the end of your journey having had two knee replacements and I thought it would be useful to ask you about what you were like before you had your knee surgery. How old are you now? 

Glen Noot: 52 now.

SR: You're 52 now and what do you work as?

GN: Refrigeration engineer.

SR: So that's quite a manual job, very physical.

GN: Yes, going up step ladders, steps carrying, lifting heavy equipment et cetera.

SR: So what were you like before your joint replacement surgery?

GN: Progressively over the last five or six years it just got worse. I would say the last two years really I was suffering, sleepless nights. A lot of pain, constantly. Playing golf on a Saturday meant Sunday laid up on the couch all day with painkillers and since the operations on both knees it's been absolutely fantastic. I've got no pain and I'm having sleep free, I mean sleeping well. It feels better, like a better body, much more happier as a person if you want to put it that way instead of being, well because it can get a little bit depressing.

SR: So before the surgery, you tried a few years of conservative treatment, hadn't you? 

GN: Yes, it was basically just sort of said I should have physio. I kind of did my own but it you know it was beyond that which I'm sure you know. 

SR: Exactly. We first met a few months ago when I first did your right knee and then six weeks ago your left knee. How did you find the knee replacement surgery? 

GN: It was very quick, to be honest a lot quicker than I thought and the stay in hospital a lot shorter than what it probably would have been when my uncle had it 15 years ago. Three nights and then it's four weeks of physio which is a little bit painful but then in the long run those four weeks are a lot better than living with arthritis, arthritic knees and constant pain. So, yes I would do it again tomorrow if I was give the chance. And I would have had it done five years ago if I was given the opportunity, to be honest with you. 

SR: Yes, I'm so pleased. So you're now six weeks after the the second knee and you got back to good function haven't you? You've got back to playing golf, getting back to work. 

GN: Exactly, I played golf last week and I'm walking a lot better, it's a lot easier. Yes, there's still a little bit of muscle that I've got to build-up obviously. 

SR: Can we see your bending and straightening? Excellent your range of motions, excellent. 

GN: Yes, absolutely pain-free.

SR: Well done Glenn. I'm really pleased it's gone as expected and well done for getting good results in this particular situation is a combination of good surgery, good anaesthesia, a rapid recovery protocol but also a motivated patient and it's really us working together, you know as patient and doctor, that enables good results to be achieved so really well done for it, I'm really pleased. Thank you.

Contact us

For all practice-related inquiries regarding Mr Rajaratnam at Horder Healthcare, please contact:

Medical Secretary | Sharon Hanks 
T: 01892 602991

 

Articles & Case Studies

Mr Sam Rajaratnam FRCS (Tr. & Ortho) performs amongst the highest number of successful knee replacement operations on the UK National Joint Registry each year, with excellent outcomes. Mr Rajaratnam regularly contributes with articles and videos, providing specialist insight and advice in all aspects of knee surgery.

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