Mr Robert U Ashford MD FRCS (Tr. & Orth.)

Consultant Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Tumour Surgeon


Surgical Procedures



Mr Ashford usually uses a cemented Exeter Hip Replacement
In some cases, particularly younger patients, uncemented or resurfacing may be more appropriate. Mr Ashford will discuss the advantages and disadvantages and what is appropriate for you. Most patients are in hospital for 3 to 4 days following hip replacement surgery.

General information on hip replacements is available from the
Arthritis and Rheumatism Council and BUPA


Mr Ashford uses the PFC Sigma Total Knee Replacement using Trumatch Technology where appropriate.

Hospital stay is approximately 4 days and recovery takes about 6 weeks.

General information on knee replacements is available from the
Arthritis and Rheumatism Council and BUPA




Knee arthroscopy is a commonly performed day-case operation, performed under a general anaesthetic. It takes 30 to 45 minutes. Some of the procedures that can be done include:

  • Removing or repairing meniscal tears

  • Treating damage to the lining of the articular cartilage (microfracture, abrasion chondroplasty, thermal chondroplasty, sub-chondral drilling)

  • Debriding (tidying up) an early osteoarthritic knee

  • Removing the lining membrane of the knee (synovectomy)

Mr Ashford reviews his patients approximately two weeks after knee arthroscopy.
Further information can be obtained from



Mr Ashford trained in musculo-skeletal tumour surgery at the internationally respected Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore and the New South Wales Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma Service at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. He is now one of the surgeons for the East Midlands Sarcoma Service based in Leicester and Nottingham.

His tumour practice includes soft tissue sarcoma surgery, and the management of metastatic bone disease and pathological fractures as well as benign tumours of bone and soft tissue. Mr Ashford also manages patients for problems related to cancer therapy such as avascular necrosis following radiotherapy.


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