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Arman Memarzadeh

MBBS, FRCS (Tr and Orth), PGCME
Consultant Knee Surgeon (Sports And Joints)

Arman is a specialist knee surgeon at Cambridge University Hospitals (Addenbrooke’s). His work comprises the full spectrum of knee surgery, from sports injuries, to realignment, to joint replacement. He is involved in the management of severe trauma knee injuries which may require the reconstruction of fractures and multiple ligaments around the knee.

Arman’s particular area of interest, as well as fellowship training, is personalised knee replacement. This is the matching of the alignment of knee replacement implants to the patient’s anatomy and alignment. The philosophy is termed kinematic alignment and has been shown to have better outcomes than conventional knee replacement.

Arman qualified in 2009, and spent his training years in centres of excellence in the UK and abroad. He completed his surgical training on the Cambridge rotation, in the East of England. Arman completed fellowship training at the Fortius clinic in London, treating knee injuries in elite athletes. The Fortius clinic is one of two centres in the UK that has FIFA accreditation.  As a result, he has first-hand experience of treating high level sportsmen and women in a variety of sports, including rugby, football, skiing, Judo and more.  Arman is one of a handful of surgeons in the East of England region who can perform multiple ligament reconstructions.

Arman has also completed a fellowship in Oxford, gaining skills in partial knee replacement, revision knee replacement (re-do surgery), as well as kinematic alignment (personalised knee surgery). He was also awarded a prestigious travelling fellowship from the BOA (British Orthopaedic Association) to visit centres in the USA, including Chicago and Philadelphia (Rothman Orthopaedic Institute).

Arman spent six months in Leeds Teaching Hospitals, treating patients with severe traumatic injuries, as well as cartilage regenerative surgery, including stem cell treatments. At CUH, he treat multiply-injured patients, who are referred from around the East of England region.

Arman was awarded a number of prizes during his training, including the Trinity Cup for the most accomplished trainee, Cambridge Trainee of the Year and a research grant from Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust. This grant is being used to investigate the effect of pre-operative muscle strength on the outcomes of arthroscopy (key-hole surgery).

Arman is also heavily involved in orthopaedic research, with the aim of improving the outcomes of surgery for patients. He has published a number of articles on the importance of muscle strength for better surgical outcomes. At CUH, he leads on the development of the enhanced recovery programme, to ensure patients return to independence as soon as possible for them.

Although he have a strong surgical pedigree, he is also acutely aware of the need for non-operative measures. This includes a holistic approach to patients, and offering alternatives to surgery such as injections, targeted physiotherapy, as well as the use of braces and splints when indicated.

Arman have three children and enjoys watching, and sometimes playing, a variety of sports, including rugby, football and skiing.

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