About Chester Hip and Knee Unit

Mr Janardhan Rao is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon who is a specialist in hip and knee surgery. He has over twenty years of experience in orthopaedic surgery. He trained in the University of St. Andrews, one of the oldest university in the country. He graduated in honours with the qualifications of Bachelor of Science. He published research in limb growth and the nature of transforming growth factors. Mr Rao is a specialist in Hip and Knee Surgery. He has vast experience in advanced hip replacement techniques, modern knee replacements and arthroscopic keyhole knee surgery.

Our Mission and Vision

  • To provide every patient with high quality compassionate and cost-effective care in a family focused environment
  • To be a centre of excellence providing comprehensive musculoskeletal care
  • To help you to rediscover the joy of walking
  • The loss of discomfort
  • To ensure that you are treated by Specialist Surgeons in Hip and Knee Replacement
  • To use the Highest rated implants
  • To implement modern implantation techniques
  • To undertake large diameter bearing implants
  • To utilise Specialist instrumentation
  • To operate with Sterile "Space Suits" to minimise infection risk

Mr Rao undertook the majority of his training in Cambridge at Addenbrooke's Hospital. He has had the experience of working in many teaching hospitals, and was fortunate enough to work with and be trained by the senior orthopaedic surgeons of the time. Mr Rao passed his specialist fellowship examination in trauma and orthopaedics in 2001, before completing a fellowship in Colorado, America. He gained further international experience on a travelling fellowship, including Australia and China.

Mr Rao has always aimed to be the best orthopaedic surgeon, that he possibly can be. He feels that good communication is very important. He is committed to high quality elective surgery, including the care of the patients before, during and after surgery. He has vast experience in performing modern hip replacement surgery. Mr Rao performs cemented, as well as un-cemented hip replacements. His particular strengths include large bearing (big ball) ceramic on ceramic total hip replacements.

Mr Janardhan Rao uses the latest specialist equipment to perform modern knee replacements. He is happy to discuss the options of Unicompartmental and Patellofemoral knee replacements, where only the worn part of the knee is replaced. Knee arthroscopy (keyhole surgery), allowing for early mobilisation and quick return to function, is another area of his expertise.

Mr Rao runs an active and busy practice, which deals with complex fractures and trauma patients. He offers an excellent service, for those wishing to get back to high sporting levels. He has experience in cartilage and ligament surgery. He is keen to collaborate with many professionals deliver a multidisciplinary approach to total patient care. Mr Rao was delighted to return to Cheshire, where he originally went to primary school. He has practice privileges at the Countess of Chester Hospital, as well as the Grosvenor Nuffield Hospital Chester.