Neil Hunt, Specialist Knee Surgeon

I am a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising entirely in knee surgery.  My NHS practice is based at York Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust where I also undertake trauma surgery and provide an acute knee injury service.

I consult privately at the Nuffield Hospital and Clifton Park Treatment centre in York and at The Nuffield Hospital in Leeds.

Knee Surgery

This includes all aspect of knee surgery including arthroscopy (keyhole surgery), ligament reconstruction and sports knee surgery (from amateur to professional) and a full range of arthritis surgery including osteotomy (re-alignment), chondral and meniscal replacement techniques, uni-compartmental, partial and revision knee replacement.

My aim is to maximise the function of all my patients throughout their lives by eliminating or reducing their pain, returning them to normal activities as much as possible and where possible, delaying the need for knee replacement.

I therefore also have a keen interest in early arthritis/arthritis prevention techniques including articular cartilage surgery (autologous chondrocyte implantation) and meniscal cartilage repair and replacement (using the menaflex meniscal implant) which can be used to replace a damaged meniscus.

I am part of the national ‘ACTIVE’ trial of autologous chondrocyte implantation (resurfacing of the damaged surface of the knee with a patients own re-grown cartilage cells) and I can therefore offer this treatment both for NHS and private patients and I accept tertiary referrals for this.

Personal background & training

Following graduation from Cambridge University and St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London, I undertook four years basic surgical training in London. I then completed a one year sports knee surgery fellowship at Imperial College, based at Charing Cross Hospital. I was involved in a number of different areas of research in respect of problems affecting the knee and published a new system of accurate articular cartilage mapping of the knee, the principles of which are now widely used by orthopaedics surgeons.

After five years specialist orthopaedic training in Yorkshire, I completed a one year fellowship in Australia with one of the world’s leading knee surgeons and was involved in the treatment of many elite sportsmen.

I have published a number of papers in peer reviewed journals and presented numerous papers at scientific and orthopaedic meetings nationally and internationally. Ongoing research is vital to realise the benefits of advances in treatment and medical technology and I actively monitor my patients and continue to be involved in clinical research projects.

I aim to return quality of life to my patients as comfortably and quickly as their underlying conditions will allow.

I played rugby for many years and am a keen skier and tennis player and I understand the frustrations (for amateurs as well as professionals) of being unable to return to sport after an injury.

I work closely with specialist sports and knee physiotherapists to maximise the benefit of any treatment required.

Membership of Societies

  • Neil Hunt is an active member of the following societies:
  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • British Association for Surgery of the Knee
  • British Orthopaedic and Sports Trauma Association
  • ESSKA
  • ISAKOS
  • ICRS (International Cartilage Research Society)