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Mr. Rao is Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Clinical Director of Trauma and Orthopaedics for Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust. His NHS practice is at St Richard’s hospital and Worthing Hospital.

Mr. Rao’s main expertise is in primary Hip and Knee replacements, Partial knee replacements, complex revision surgery, as well as hip and knee joint reconstruction surgery (arthroplasty). He has been practising enhanced recovery following hip and knee replacements since 2010.

He also specialises in sports injuries, soft tissue injuries around knee and ligament reconstructions of knee. His other special interests are in management of simple and complex trauma of lower limb fractures and periprosthetic fractures (fractures around Hip and Knee replacements). Following on from his research, he has developed excellent expertise and experience in management of torn abductor muscles around hip after hip replacements.

He is part of the on call Orthopaedic Consultant team at St Richard’s Hospital and manages acute Orthopaedic emergencies and fractures.

Mr Rao qualified in 1991 and undertook his higher specialist training in Orthopaedics in Kent, Surrey and Sussex deanery including London hospitals. He obtained his Fellowship from Royal College of Surgeons in 1999 and did his FRCS in Trauma and Orthopaedics in 2007. Post qualification he has trained in specialist hospitals in Germany, Belgium and USA to obtain more experience in lower limb arthroplasty including hip and knee revision arthroplasty.

Mr Rao lectures nationally and internationally on primary and revision knee joint reconstruction (arthroplasty), hip abductor (muscles around hip) repairs and on management of fractures around hip and knee replacements.

He is involved in teaching of Core surgical trainees, higher Surgical trainees and medical students from Kent Sussex and Surrey Deanery, Southampton University Hospitals and Brighton Medical School as well as other trainees at Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust.

Clinical Interests

  • Primary hip and Knee replacement
  • Partial knee replacements
  • Sports injury
  • Hip and knee Arthroplasty
  • Complex hip and knee revision surgery
  • Soft tissue ligament reconstruction around the knee
  • Managing simple and complex trauma of lower limb fractures
  • Management of torn abductor muscles around the hip
  • Enhanced recovery following hip and knee replacement surgery

Professional Memberships

  • British Medical Association
  • Medical Defence Union

Current NHS and /or University Posts

St Richard’s hospital and Worthing Hospital

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Research Interests

Mr. Rao has devised and published a new surgical technique for repair of torn hip abductor muscles. This has been widely published in peer reviewed journals and presented in international meetings around Europe, Australia, USA and Asia.

Mr. Rao has done extensive work on management revision knee arthroplasty, distal femoral replacements, Rotating Hinge knee replacements, MRSA carriers and risk of infections in joint replacements, enhanced recovery in hip and knee replacements etc., which has been published and presented internationally.

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