Mr. Gorav Datta

hip & knee specialist

Gorav Datta specialises in the treatment of hip & knee conditions, from minor injuries to major joint replacement surgery.

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I believe there are four elements that are essential to producing the best doctors;
education, training, experience, and innovation. A good education is essential in providing the foundation for the other elements. Training varies enormously both within the UK, and around the world; working in the best centres has a profound impact on one’s ability to give patients the best possible treatment. Experience is self-explanatory; the best doctors are the ones that have treated large numbers of patients (anyone that reads ‘Outliers’ or the ‘Talent Code’ will understand the 10,000 hours it takes to achieve mastery in anything). This is especially so in surgery. Innovation is not just about embracing new technologies; those who innovate usually have a solid research background and apply an outcome driven approach to developing new technologies. I also believe in developing a two-way relationship with each patient so that treatments can be tailored personally to their needs taking their own views into account.

Education & Training

I was educated at St Paul’s School in London and read Medicine at University College London. Both are centres of excellence and gave me the solid foundation to pursue a career in Orthopaedic Surgery. All my specialist orthopaedic training was undertaken in London, working in four University teaching hospitals during this time. A broad experience in orthopaedic surgery was gained. Working in specialist centres treating patients referred in from other orthopaedic units with complex orthopaedic problems gave me additional specialist training. Two years of training was spent at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore; here I gained experience in specialist hip and knee surgery, as well as orthopaedic cancer surgery. I also undertook a year at St George’s Hospital where I gained experience in pelvic reconstructive surgery.


I have specialised in hip, knee and pelvic reconstructive surgery. I perform all forms of hip and knee surgery ranging from keyhole surgery in the hip and knee, to joint replacement surgery, and re-do joint replacement surgery (revision surgery). I am a member of an International training faculty that trains surgeons from all over the world in the difficult technique of hip keyhole surgery (hip arthroscopy) and also specialise in cartilage regeneration techniques in the hip and knee. I perform a high number of joint replacements each year and only use implants that have a proven track record. I also perform pelvic reconstructive surgery and receive a number of referrals from other hospitals in this complex area of surgery. In my NHS practice (University Hospital Southampton), I also treat patients will bone cancers that have spread from other organs. My private practice is based in Hampshire and London.


I have a strong research background and undertook my Doctorate of Medicine research degree at Imperial College London. I have completed a number of clinical trials, acting as the Principle Investigator in 6 trials in the NHS. I have a particular interest in cartilage regeneration and have undertaken 2 trials testing new technologies in this area; treating cartilage defects in the knee using stem cells, and injections for knee arthritis using growth factors derived from the patient. I am performing further research in this area. My own philosophy is to preserve the hip or knee joint where possible. Although joint replacements function very well, nothing is as good as the joint that Nature has created. Understanding a patient’s needs and applying the best treatment modalities to these needs is crucial in obtaining the best possible outcome for each patient.

I want to thank Mr. Datta for taking such good care of me during both hip replacement procedures. It was my first major surgery and he helped calm my nerves. Both surgeries were successful and the after care was excellent. I am now completely pain free and able to do things I was not able to do for a number of years.

S Kirby

I must say my overall experience at Spire under Mr Datta was first class and I am very grateful to all involved

Peter L

My care and treatment has been excellent. From my first consultation through to my surgery, I have been kept well informed and have had all the information I’ve needed to ensure the surgery went well and that I make a speedy recovery. I would highly recommend Mr Datta.

Mr King

I had a total knee replacement done and had the best care. Yes did experience a long wait to go to surgery but that's expected in most hospitals. Was in for 3 days and couldn't fault the care, nurses and cleanliness of the hospital. Lovely food. One nurse in particular always managed to make me smile

P Elliott

I had a total knee replacement done and had the best care. Yes did experience a long wait to go to surgery but that's expected in most hospitals. Was in for 3 days and couldn't fault the care, nurses and cleanliness of the hospital. Lovely food. One nurse in particular always managed to make me smile

P Elliott 

I had a consultation with Dr Datta concerning a painful hip during which I was sent for an x-ray and results on the spot . Which concluded that it would be necessary to have a hip replacement operation and a date and time would be advised asap . I am extremely pleased with the service and communication received by Dr Datta and his team


I am so grateful to the wonderful Mr Datta top surgeon performing the op with keyhole minimally invasive surgery. Only a 10cm incision. Thank you so much for changing my life from 30 years of pain.


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Spire Southampton

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