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Mr Joseph Sudhakar

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MB BS. FRCS, FRCS Trauma & Orth

Practices at: BMI Woodlands Hospital

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Mr Joseph Sudhakar is a Consultant Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon in County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust.  He has a busy lower limb practice both in the Trust and also at the BMI Woodlands Hospital in Darlington.

He qualified as a doctor in 1987 from the University of Kerala.  He gained experience as a junior Doctor in the hospitals in the North West of England and obtained the Diploma of FRCS in London in 1993.  He was then appointed a Clinical Research Fellow in the University of Bristol training in Limb Reconstruction Surgery.  His comprehensive Specialist Registrar Orthopaedic training was in the North East hospitals based in Newcastle upon Tyne. 

Having gained the specialist qualifications in Trauma and Orthopaedics, he undertook specialist fellowship training in Victoria, Australia dealing predominantly with joint replacements and soft tissue knee injury surgery.

He took up the post of Orthopaedic Consultant with County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust in 2004.  Since then and over the years, he has consistently shared the trauma workload with his colleagues and in addition to the routine trauma work, has taken complex lower limb cases especially fractures involving the knee joint.

He initially advocates a non-surgical approach to most bone and joint problems as most can be managed initially without surgery.  In cases where surgery is unavoidable, he offers the latest and Evidence Based Surgery with a comprehensive discussion with the patient involving them fully in the management of their condition.

He is a recognised trainer for trainees in Trauma & Orthopaedic surgery.  Over the years he has successfully trained several doctors to reach their ambition.  He is a trainer for overseas Orthopaedic Surgeons as part of the Medical Training International programme.  He has been the Clinical Lead for Orthopaedics based in Darlington but currently is the Lead for Clinical Governance for the Unit.

He has been the Orthopaedic representative on the Medical Advisory Committee at the BMI Woodlands Hospital for many years.

He has published papers in national and international journals throughout his career and continues to support trainees in Clinical Audit and Research in the NHS.  He continues to work and support his colleagues during the Covid 19 pandemic making sacrifices along with all most of his colleagues in the NHS for the good of patients.

He is part of a non-profit Charity group of Consultants that travels to Ghana every year at his own expense to offer hands on training and expertise to Orthopaedic graduates.  He also is part of that team that perform surgery to the poor and disadvantaged children with complex limb deformities and also adults with complex fractures with limited facilities to treat them.

He is also a member of the World Orthopaedic Concern which offers expertise to the developing world.


Clinical Interests

At the BMI Woodlands hospital Mr Sudhakar undertakes the following surgery within his areas of expertise the same in his assiduous NHS practice


  • Total Hip replacement surgery
  • Arthroscopic meniscal surgery
  • Arthroscopic meniscal repair
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament reconstruction
  • Patella dislocation stabilisation surgery
  • Partial knee replacement surgery
  • Total knee replacement surgery
  • Robotic assisted knee replacement surgery

Mr Sudhakar practices evidence-based care by carefully monitoring patient outcomes. The outcomes reflected in the National Joint Registry is testament to the success of numerous patients that have undergone joint replacement surgery under his care.

Mr Sudhakarhas a large word-of-mouth practice over the years without much advertisement.  Over the years he has patients not only from County Durham but a large number from all over Cumbria and also from North Yorkshire and Lancashire.


Professional Memberships

  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • British Association for Surgery of the Knee
  • World Orthopaedic Concern
  • British Indian Orthopaedic Society
  • British Medical Association

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