Mr David Elson


MBChB University of Edinburgh 2000, MRCS Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2004, FRCS Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 2012

GMC number: 4698340


Orthopaedic surgery

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  • Thursday bi-weekly 13:30 - 16:00
  • Thursday bi-weekly 17:30 - 20:00
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Mr David Elson works as a knee surgeon, having completed orthopaedic training in Scotland, Wrightington and the Northern Deanery. He also undertook UK-based fellowships in joint-preserving surgery of the knee.

Mr Elson has a keen interest in joint-preserving surgery and looks to perform biological knee surgery (knee osteotomy, ligament reconstruction, meniscal surgery, cartilage restoration) whenever possible. He also performs bionic knee surgery (partial and total knee replacement) in advanced arthritis.

He aims to be an approachable, friendly surgeon, working in partnership with his patients to establish their particular problem, while working towards a manageable solution. 

"I offer a bespoke approach, tailored to each patient’s specific problem. If you’re too young to have a knee replacement, I may be able to find an alternative way to treat your symptoms. I aim to be clear in my communication about your procedure, rehabilitation and likely outcome."

Personal interests

Away from work he enjoy's spending time outdoors and his young children are always keeping him busy.

Treatments and tests offered by Mr David Elson at Nuffield Health

  • Osteotomy
  • nSTRIDE® Autologous Protein Solution (APS)
  • Knee replacement
  • Achilles repair or reconstruction
  • Arthroscopy
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation
  • Tibial osteotomy
  • Patella stabilisation
  • PCL reconstruction
  • Meniscectomy for meniscus tear
  • Cartilage reconstruction
  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair

Locations Mr David Elson works with

Related experience


Mr Elson has authored 20 publications, mostly concerning knee surgery. He has a particular interest in knee osteotomy and the features and location of knee pain.


  • BKS - Biological Knee Society (secretary and treasurer)
  • BOA - British Orthopaedic Association
  • BOSTAA - British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma Arthroscopy Association
  • BASK - British Association for Surgery of the Knee (previous executive committee)
  • Chairman - United Kingdom Knee Osteotomy Registry (
  • Co-convener - Northern Osteotomy Master Class (
  • ESSKA - European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy

Other posts held

  • BOA Quality Outcomes Committee British Orthopaedic Association 2016
  • Executive committee member (early year representative) British Association for Surgery of the Knee 2017
  • Secretary and Treasurer UK Biological Knee Society 2020

Insurers Mr David Elson works with

Mr David Elson works with the following private medical insurance providers:

  • Aetna
  • Aviva Health
  • AXA Health
  • Bupa
  • Cigna
  • Vitality Health (Pru Health)