Mr Kumar Kunasingam is a fellowship trained foot and ankle surgeon covering Surrey and London (but does see patients from all around the UK and internationally) who is medically and surgically qualified. Mr Kunasingam grew up in Kent and trained in the South East of London and England.
He is married with three children with whom he tries to make the most of any time outside work. He played collegiate rugby and hockey to first team level and still plays club hockey when family time allows. His passion for sport nurtured his interest and qualification in Sports Medicine after completing his Orthopaedic training.
Mr Kunasingam specialises in:
- Minimally Invasive Surgery
- Keyhole Surgery
- Keyhole Bunion
- Minimally Invasive Bunion
- Achilles tendon repair
- Ankle fracture (broken bone) surgery
- Foot fracture (broken bone) surgery
- Medical and Surgical training both locally in the UK and internationally
Mr Kunasingam graduated in medicine from Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital known as United Medical and Dental Schools at the time with a Batchelor of Medicine, Batchelor of Surgery – MBBS - (2001) and Batchelor of Science in Experimental Pathology and Genetics – BSc (Hons) - (1998).
He completed his medical and surgical house officer training in Tunbridge Wells. Then he taught anatomy under Professor Harold Ellis at Guys, Kings and St Thomas’ medical school giving him a postgraduate understanding of human anatomy and in depth working of the body as a whole. Mr Kunasingam undertook his basic surgical training in Sussex attaining his membership of the Royal College of Surgeons England.
This is a separately applied for series of jobs competitively attained to train medially qualified doctors a broad and detailed surgical knowledge to help patients with all surgical presentations. Throughout this time he was an active leader in teaching and training both for medical and affiliate staff allowing to further his passion for teaching as an anatomy demonstrator.
He was then competitively selected having achieved key targets for specialist registrar training through the London deanery and South East Thames attaining his Diploma in Orthpaedcis from the University of Brighton and his Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons England (FRCS Tr&Orth).
This six year specialist surgery training allowed him to train with some of the best foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons in the South East of London and England as well as all areas of orthopaedics allowing him a broad whole understanding of patients with musculoskeletal problems as well as focussing on foot and ankle surgery.
Mr Kunasingam underwent specialist foot and ankle fellowship training at several centres in Sydney Australia which included the treatment of elite athletes and minimally invasive surgical techniques. On return to the UK he did a second fellowship in trauma surgery at a key London level 3 (highest level of trauma) trauma centre - King's College London.
Fellowship allows a surgeon to be competitively selected to work in centres of extreme specialism. This fellowship was for over 12 months allowing time to master techniques including keyhole bunion surgery. As a Surrey and London foot and ankle surgeon this elective fellowship was complemented by his trauma fellowship where he could be lead surgeon in major trauma. He is an active trauma surgeon at Croydon University Hospital and teaches foot and ankle trauma internationally.
Mr Kunasingam took up a consultant post and set up the foot and ankle unit at Croydon University Hospital. His practice covers all aspects of foot and ankle surgery striving for excellence using evidence based methods.
He is an exponent of minimally invasive surgery allowing virtually all of his cases to be performed as day case procedures. He is internationally published in minimally invasive (keyhole) bunion surgery. Kumar strongly believes communication is the key to successful treatment and believes in involving them this experience.
He teaches and helps lead key opinions in foot and ankle internationally.
Mr Kunasingam worked through the Covid crisis at Croydon University Hospital with a focus on less invasive and minimally invasive trauma surgery using smaller and less painful wounds allowing for early discharge home and thus less risk of contracting COVID-19.
What are your surgical principles? ‘less is more – I’m passionate about minimally invasive or keyhole surgery as well as less invasive surgery to accurately perform surgery through tiny incisions meaning less soft tissue stripping and damage as well as allowing for early and often immediate weight-bearing and return to a good quality of life’
Mr Kunasingam is well written up in the international scientific literature as well in the international newspapers/press for his work in keyhole foot and ankle surgery.
For patients travelling from outside the local region and those flying in from abroad please contact the hospital and Mr Kunasingam’s private team for any assistance with travelling and to help plan your visit. This can help minimise trips is we can help with ordering and coordinating imaging and any pre-operative assessments.