The Cumbrian Knee Clinic

Matt Dawson Orthpaedic Surgeon Specialising in Knee Surgery
Matt Dawson
(Tr & Orth)

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Matt is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon who specialises in Knee surgery for sports injuries and degenerative conditions around the knee. He believes in the principle of joint preservation wherever possible to prolong activities and function to the highest level. Matt is expert in performing arthroscopy, ligament reconstruction, patella stabilisation surgery, osteotomy and knee replacement - both full and partial.

Matt is the Clinical Director for the Orthopaedic department at the North Cumbria NHS trust where he has 12 years experience as a consultant.

Matt holds private consultations in Carlisle, Whitehaven and Lancaster and performs Private surgery at the BMI Hospital Lancaster.

Professional profile

Matt Dawson MB ChB, FRCSG (Tr & Orth)

Matt graduated from the University of Leicester in 1988 and completed higher specialist training at Kings College Hospital, London in 2001. During training he acquired unrivalled trauma experience as a helicopter doctor with HEMS at the Royal London Hospital. He completed a Fellowship in sports knee surgery at the National Orthopaedic hospital, Dublin in 2000.

Matt was appointed Consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedic surgery at the North Cumbria University Hospital NHS Trust in 2001. He was appointed Clincial Director for the Orthopaedic service in 2011.

Matt has an interest in soft tissue knee procedures. He performs simple arthroscopy for meniscal tears, more complex 'keyhole' surgery for an articular cartilage injury or ligament damage and complex reconstruction following sports injuries or other trauma. He performs in excess of over 50 Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstructions annually. Instability of the knee requires consideration of the alignment of the limb and therefore, where appropriate osteotomy around the knee is combined with or in some cases replaces the need for ligament surgery.

Matt has developed one of the largest UK practices in osteotomy around the knee having performed in excess of 140 procedures in the last 7 years. He performs 'double osteotomy' and in some cases combines osteotomy with ligament procedures. He contributes to an annual international masterclass as a UK faculty member where he joins internationally recognised experts. He presents the results of his osteotomy practice annually in this forum.

Matt provides one of the largest unicondylar (partial) knee replacement services in the region and has now performed over 200 of these procedures. The National Joint Registry confirms his good results and inidicates that good results for this procedure are more readily attained by those performing higher volumes. Matt uses gold standard implants for both the partial and full knee replacements.

Matt addresses patello-femoral instability problems with medial patello femoral ligament (MPFL) reconstruction or realignment surgery which may involve distal femoral osteotomy.

Matt believes in a patient-centered approach to surgery. Therefore all of Matts joint replacement patients and others undergoing major procedures enjoy the benefits of an enhanced recovery programme (ERP) which targets minimum pain, anxiety and sickness as it chief objectives. Matt learned this practice which encompasses patient education, multimodal analgesia and early mobilisation (collectively known as the Caledonian Technique) from colleagues in Glasgow and Europe. He has driven this policy locally in his North Cumbria NHS and his Carlisle and Lancaster private practice. He has shared his experience with other hospitals in the Northern region leading to a change in their practice and has presented his results in a lecture to the National Pain Symposium (2011) and to the Edinburgh Audit Symposium (2011).

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