Specialist orthopaedic care

Sunny Deo

Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon

Sunny was born and grew up in London and went to Birmingham Medical School, graduating in 1989.

From 1989 to 1994 he did his house officer and basic surgical training in Birmingham, including the Birmingham Accident Hospital, Worcester & Oxford.

He worked in the Trauma Unit at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town in 1994-95.

His higher surgical training (HST) in Orthopaedics and Trauma was on the Oxford Regional Training Programme, 1995 to 2001.

He was an Orthopaedic Trauma Fellow at Vancouver General Hospital / University of British Columbia, 2000 to 2001.

In 2001 he was appointed consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedics in Swindon in October 2001, and has remained there since.

In 2002, he commenced practice at the Ridgeway Hospital, Swindon.

I am a specialist knee surgeon and undertake a comprehensive range of knee procedures for sports injuries, arthritis and trauma. My elective surgical practice is entirely devoted to problems in and around the knee joint.

I maintain an interest in the management of polyarthritis and sports injuries beyond the knee.

I am an enthusiastic traumatologist in particular, surgery of complex lower limb peri-articular fractures, multiple injuries and complications of trauma surgery.

I maintain a strong interest in clinical research, quality improvement, teaching and training.

Since 2001, Sunny has had roles as:

  • Surgical Tutor for the Royal College from 2003 to 2010
    Clinical lead for the Trauma Unit in 2011
  • T&O departmental clinical lead from 2014-17
  • Honorary consultant in Orthopaedic Trauma at the University Hospital Coventry and Warwick in 2017-18
  • Clinical lead for New Clinical Pathways for a proposed new integrated rehabilitation service to be based on the GWH site in 2019. This includes leading on a new research collaborative with the University of Bath.
  • He remains on the acute trauma rota at GWH.

As well as working as a full time NHS clinician, Sunny has continued with his own independent and as well as multi-centre research. His own research, has produced 28 peer reviewed journal articles and over 130 national and international meeting presentations. His principle interests are clinical and diagnostic complexity, outcomes following knee joint replacements, knee ligament injuries, hip fractures, peri-articular fractures.

Sunny continues to teach junior doctors, other healthcare professionals and students. He has taught on national and international course faculties and is an active members of a number of Orthopaedic societies.

Medical Qualifications

FRCS (Engl) ad eundem 2007
Specialist Registration (T&O) 2001
University of BC Fellowship Certificate 2001
FRCS(Tr&Orth) 1999
FRCS (Edinburgh) 1993
MB ChB(Birmingham) 1989

Membership of Societies

British Orthopaedic Association
British Association of Surgery of the Knee
Biologic Knee Society
Orthopaedic Trauma Society
British Trauma Society
Girdlestone Society

Conditions commonly seen and treated

  • Knee arthritis, all causes, ages and severity
  • Sports knee injuries and problems of all severity eg meniscal, chondral tears and ligament injuries requiring decisions on non-operative or operative treatments
  • Major joint surface or meniscal loss requiring reconstructive surgery such as microfracture, chondrocyte implantation, osteotomy, meniscal transplantation
  • Problems following knee replacement and arthroscopic surgery, including the painful/unstable knee replacement
  • Knee pain of unknown origin
  • Adult lower limb (acquired) deformity following trauma, infection, arthritis
  • Lower leg problems in general, particularly sports related
  • Chronic exertional compartment syndromes
  • Trauma problems in general
  • Specific expertise in lower limb trauma particularly peri-articular fractures
  • Complex trauma cases including non-union, mal-union, fixation failures

Average number of main procedures per year

  • Knee arthroscopic debridement: 220
  • Arthroscopic additional/complex procedure eg meniscal repair, tendon debride, microfracture: 20
  • Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: 20
  • Primary total knee replacement: 65
  • Unicompartment (partial) knee replacement: 40
  • Revision joint replacement procedures: 25
  • Upper tibial osteotomy: 8
  • Patellar realignment procedures: 6
  • Peri-articular fracture fixations: 25
  • Other trauma/emergency procedures: 85

Current split of NHS clinic/operating activities

NHS: Elective 60%, Trauma, emergency 40%
Split of NHS/private operating, in numeric terms 50:50.

Clinically Related Activities

  • Reviewer for Injury (International journal of the care of the injured
  • Orthopaedic surgeon to Swindon Town FC
  • Faculty of AO/ASIF (Association for study of internal fixation) UK, a number of knee surgery courses including the Oxford Uni Knee, ATLS instructor
  • Past Clinical Lead T&O Department and Clinical Trauma Unit Lead
  • Founding chairman of Swindon Orthopaedics limited
  • Member of a number of committees within the Trust including the Trust Mentors Group and Transfusion Committee
  • Previously Surgical Clinical Lead for Emergency Service Collaborative GWH
  • BOA Clinical Champion for Swindon

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