Louw Van Niekerk

Personal profile

Mr Louw Van Niekerk has been a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon since 2000. He underwent Fellowship training in the management of sports injuries in 1999 at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital in Oswestry, Shropshire.

Mr Van Niekerk and his team offer a comprehensive service in the diagnosis and management (operative and non-operative) of injuries of the knee and ankle. With a national network of physiotherapy partners they provide a comprehensive rehabilitation programme after injury or surgery.

Mr Van Niekerk’s main area of expertise is in arthroscopic (key-hole) treatment as well as ligament reconstruction of knee and ankle injuries.  From 2000 to-date his NHS and private practice is solely focused on the treatment of lower limb injuries in sport at all levels including Premiership football and other elite sportsmen and women.

Mr Van Niekerk lectures nationally and internationally on ligament reconstruction and cartilage repair of the knee and ankle. He has published widely on the surgical management of patella instability (kneecap dislocation) and ligament deficiency of the sports injured ankle.

Professional Membership



  • General Medical Council (GB)

  • Member of the British Medical Association

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

  • Associate Member of the British Orthopaedic Association

  • Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland (MDDUS)

  • Member of the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS)

  • Fellow of the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA)

  • Academic Secretary for the UK Meniscal Study Group

  • Member of British Association for Surgery of the Knee (BASK)

Clinical Interests



  • Knee General - Arthroscopy (key hole surgery), Meniscus repair, Meniscus tear, Arthritis

  • Knee Ligaments - Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction, Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL), Multi-ligament reconstruction, Patella (knee cap) Instability

  • Knee Cartilage - Cartilage repair, CartilageTransplantation, Osteochondritis Dissecans repair

  • Ankle General - Arthroscopy (key hole surgery), Cartilage Repair and Transplantation Arthritis, Arthroscopic Ankle Fusion

  • Ankle Ligaments - Ligament repair and Reconstruction

  • Ankle Tendons - Repair, Reconstruction and Transplantation

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