LATEST NEWS FROM GKC 2019-07-23T13:56:49+01:00
Glowing tribute to Mr Gleeson

I just wanted to let you know that I have now had two knee replacements, one in October 2016 and one in October 2018, both done by Mr Gleeson. The second one required a subsequent manipulation under anaesthetic to ensure that the knee was able to achieve maximum available flexibility. In May this year (2019) I was able to successfully climb Ben Nevis the highest mountain in the UK without any pain in my knees. All I can say is that I am very grateful to Mr Gleeson and the team at the Winfield hospital for the evidently successful outcome of their work!

Bishop’s Cleeve left-back and GKC patient ready to return after 13 month injury nightmare

Tris Haswell has been out of action since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in Bishop’s Cleeve’s home match against Swindon Supermarine on April 21, 2018. On his recovery, Tris added “a massive thank you to my surgeon Peter Kempshall. He was brilliant before, during and after my operation. And also a massive thanks to Amanda who was the main physio who supported me throughout the whole recovery period.”


Knee replacement in the morning home for dinner!

The partial knee replacement is a resurfacing replacement of just the damaged part of the knee. The undamaged healthy parts are not replaced. Leaving the undamaged sections, improves recovery often to the point where patients actually forget that they’ve even had a partial knee replacement. “The forgotten knee” is the holy grail in the knee surgery world and happens sixty percent more often in partial knee replacement than in total knee replacement.


Members of the Gloucestershire knee clinic team at the British Association of Surgery of the Knee (BASK) conference in Brighton. Peter Kempshall and Roger Close with Lima-uk looking at the new Physica KR knee replacement.
The BASK conference is the UKs leading meeting for knee surgeons to share ideas and learn about new advances in knee surgery.
A huge thank you to Smith and Nephew for welcoming our team of enthusiastic Orthopaedic Registrars to their state of the art surgical training facility. It was an excellent opportunity for the trainees to perfect their skills in ACL Reconstruction and Arthroscopic Hip Surgery.
The Gloucestershire Hip and Knee Clinic Consultants were on hand to offer tips and tricks to the surgeons of tomorrow and had a fantastic day out supporting their trainees.

“Whilst playing u19 rugby for Gloucester academy I completely ruptured my right ACL with partial medial ligament and meniscal damage. Mr Close performed a full ACL reconstruction on my right knee. 10 years on, I am nearly 30 and have been playing international touch rugby for England for the last 3 years. Thanks to the quality of surgery and care I received from Mr Close and his team I have been able to continue to pursue my sports goals in life.”

Mr Gleeson and Mr Barksfield opened their continuing professional development account for 2019 with a trip to work with Prof Argenson at the Hospital Sainte Marguerite in Marseille. This is a University Hospital performing over 1300 joint replacements per year. The French operating theatre set up was fantastically efficient with Prof Argenson running 4 theatres simultaneously allowing us to maximize our learning in a short visit.

The team at GKC are always seeking out opportunities to learn about the latest techniques and innovations in order to improve the outcomes for our patients. We are hugely grateful to Zimmer Biomet for arranging this academic visit allowing us to learn about the brand new Persona total knee replacement system and to also gain invaluable experience with trabecular metal cones.

Today at the Nuffield Health Cheltenham, Orthopaedic surgeons Pete Kempshall and Rob Gleeson (pictured) performed a complex knee ligament reconstruction together as a two consultant procedure. Our ethos at Gloucestershire Knee Clinic uses the team approach by combining surgical expertise to provide the highest quality surgery.

“Your skill and attentive care got me through my knee replacement. My operation took place last Tuesday and a week later I am mobile without pain and feeling terrific. Thank you for everything.”


Last week at the Winfield Hospital, Gloucester – Peter Kempshall from Gloucestershire Knee Clinic – performed the first computer planned patient specific osteotomy in the South West of England using Joint Operations technology #savethejoint

The Gloucestershire Knee and Gloucestershire Hip clinic enjoyed an excellent dinner at the Daffodil restaurant in Cheltenham. Thanks to everyone for all their hard work and dedication to making the clinics the largest private orthopaedic clinic in Gloucestershire!

“As an active sportswoman, it was shattering to learn that my anterior cruciate ligament had snapped… there was really only one option – an ACL replacement requiring a graft from my hamstring.Eight months on, after many gentle practice sessions, I have started to play friendly matches again. Now I feel very positive regarding my chances of returning to international tournaments.”


Felicity Thomas knew she had a problem running back in 2008. It was unlikely that she would have been considered for ACL reconstruction under the NHS as she was 68 years old at that time. She had been playing tennis for the GB Team in the Super Seniors and her aim was to be fit for the 2011 season, when she would move into the 70-75 age group.



GKC members took the opportunity to visit the Smith And Nephew cadaveric lab in Watford. The team regularly like to catch up on various conferences but this particular venue allows us to undertake surgical procedures on cadaver knee and hip specimens. The ability to use the latest techniques in Knee and hip surgery requires both knowledge and the ‘know how’.