Mr L Van Niekerk

Mr L Van Niekerk

MBChB, FRCS(Ed), FRCS(Orth)

Orthopaedic Surgery

Recommended by 1 specialist
35 years of experience

Overall Rating

Overall Experience

4.92

Bedside Manner

4.81

Explanation

4.83

Top feedback

“Very informative frendly & expeirenced.“
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Subspecialties

  • Knee Surgery
  • Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Paediatric (Pediatric) Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Sports Injury
  • Trauma Surgery
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Languages spoken

  • English
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 3400988
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £220

    Follow-up appointment: £115

    Practices worked at

    Nuffield Health Tees Hospital

    Junction Road, Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom, TS20 1PX
    259 reviews

    Woodlands Hospital

    Morton Park Darlington, Darlington, United Kingdom, DL1 4PL
    170 reviews

    Specialist's working hours

    Mon
    Not available
    Tue
    Not available
    Wed
    Not available
    Thu
    08:15 - 12:30
    Fri
    08:15 - 12:30
    Sat
    08:45 - 12:30
    Sun
    Not available

    About

    Mr Van Niekerk graduated from Pretoria University in 1987. After

    working in England in A&E and orthopaedic surgery his further

    postgraduate education all took place in Scotland. In 1992 he was

    invited to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

    after completing a range of surgical examinations over a period of three years.


    In 1997, after completing four years of specialist orthopaedic training,

    it took the intercollegiate examination in orthopaedic surgery in

    Glasgow. He was subsequently awarded the Fellowship of the

    Intercollegiate Royal College of Surgeons in orthopaedic surgery. He

    joined the UK Specialist Register in trauma and orthopaedic surgery in

    2000 after completing a two-year fellowship in the management of lower

    limb injuries in sports and general trauma. During this fellowship he

    developed his knowledge and skills in cartilage transplantation,

    arthroscopic surgery, ligament reconstruction of the knee, ankle and the

    rehabilitation of injuries. He was involved with some of the pioneering

    work in converting stem cells into cartilage cells for re-implantation

    and frequently lectured throughout Europe and the Scandinavian countries

    on the subject.


    In 2002 he moved to what was then the Northallerton NHS trust. This

    trust had the responsibility for providing secondary care services to

    all the regiments based at Catterick Garrison (the largest infantry

    garrison in Europe). Effectively this meant providing a consultant grade

    service to manage knee and ankle injuries for MOD service personnel

    from Edinburgh down to Portsmouth. During this time he also provided

    consultancy to all the major league football clubs in the area including

    Middlesbrough FC, Sunderland FC, Hartlepool FC, Darlington FC and

    Carlisle FC.

    Latterly Mr Van Niekerk has focused on the management of complex

    instabilities around the knee and ankle as well as the management of

    cartilage loss and the development of arthritis in patients who are

    either too young or active to be considered for joint replacement

    surgery.


    Procedures

    • Osteotomy
    • ACL Reconstruction
    • Meniscal Repair
    • Chondral Grafting
    • Cartilage Surgery (Knee)
    • Knee Preservation Surgery
    • Patella Realignment
    • Multiligament Reconstruction
    • Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Reconstruction
    • Knee Ligament Repair
    • Arthroscopy
    • Plantar Fascia Release Surgery
    • Knee Arthroscopy
    • Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery
    • Postoperative Rehabilitation
    • Tibial Tubercle Transfer
    • Knee Injections (including Steroid, Hyaluronic acid, PRP and nStride)
    • Ankle Arthroscopy
    • Steroid Injection
    • Big Toe Fusion Surgery
    • Minimally Invasive Foot & Ankle Surgery
    • Tendon Repair
    • Achilles Tendon Reconstruction
    • Video Consultation
    • Joint Injection
    • Ankle Joint Fusion
    • Revision Surgery
    • Excision of Mortons Neuromas
    • Fracture Fixation Surgery
    • MRI Scan (Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan)
    • Cheilectomy
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    Special interests

    • The Young Knee
    • Arthritis (Knee)
    • ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Injury
    • Patella (Kneecap) Dislocation
    • Posterolateral Corner Injury
    • Sports Injuries
    • Knee Fractures
    • Knee Pain
    • Knee Cyst
    • Peroneal Tendinopathy
    • Ankle Sprain
    • Ankle Fractures
    • Foot Fractures
    • Clavicle Fractures
    • Plantar Fasciitis
    • Arthritis (Ankle)
    • Turf Toe (Toe Sprain)
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Morton's Neuroma
    • Fracture (Broken Bone)
    • Hallux Limitus or Hallux Rigidus
    • Stress Fractures
    • Torn Meniscus (Cartilage)
    • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Neuromas
    • Bone Spurs
    • Achilles Tendon Problems
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    Education

    University of Pretoria (South Africa): MBChB 1987

    Fellowship of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 1992:  FRCS(Ed)

    Fellowship of Orthopaedic Surgeons of the Combined Royal Colleges UK 1996: FRCS(Orth)

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    Reviews

    4.85 Overall Patient Trust rating
    Overall Experience
    4.92
    Bedside Manner
    4.81
    Explanation
    4.83
    Knee Surgery
    24/64
    Knee Pain
    8/64
    Osteotomy
    8/64
    Sports Injuries
    5/64
    ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Injury
    4/64
    Cartilage Surgery (Knee)
    4/64
    Osteoarthritis
    4/64
    ACL Reconstruction
    3/64
    Arthroscopy
    3/64
    Torn Meniscus (Cartilage)
    3/64
    Arthritis (Ankle)
    2/64
    Arthritis (Knee)
    2/64
    Foot & Ankle Surgery
    2/64
    Knee Ligament Repair
    2/64
    Patella Realignment
    2/64
    Chondral Grafting
    1/64
    Excision of Mortons Neuromas
    1/64
    Minimally Invasive Knee Surgery
    1/64
    Neuromas
    1/64
    Patella (Kneecap) Dislocation
    1/64
    Steroid Injection
    1/64
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (4/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Very straightforward with explanation of operation and likely outcomes.
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Very informative frendly & expeirenced.
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (4/5)
    Great experience with Mr Van Niekerk, i've made great progress since surgery and pleased with the procedure. Sometimes i've felt i've had to ask for information i'd expect to be given more readily
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Very informative
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    He filled me with confidence. I felt that I was in safe hands
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    I've now been under Mr Van Niekerk for around 5 years with various injuries and issues. Throughout my time i can honestly say i have never had any concerns about any part of my care. Mr Van Niekerk always gave me all my options and help me make the best decisions to suit myself and i can thank him enough for that. I will also mention my post op care under Steve wood and also some of the other Physio's was exceptional!
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Approachable, helpful and professional
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (4/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Fantastic in recognising and diagnosing the issue and first class if any surgical procedure is required. Easy to get on with and discuss symptoms and outcomes. Would not want to use any other consultant.
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Mr van Niekerk is a very polite professional doctor who put me at ease from the moment I stepped into his office. He listened to everything I’d been through prior and quickly diagnosed my issue and made a quick prompt decision. If it wasn’t for Mr van Niekerk I wouldn’t be where I am today walking without pain and discomfort.
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    Overall Experience (5/5)
    Bedside Manner (5/5)
    Explanation (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Quick diagnosis , cleared up the problem after an operation on the meniscus. Very clear and straight forward. Pleasant to speak with. Very successful operation and recovered quirky
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    Other Reviews

    Peer recommendations

    Recommended by 1 specialist
    Mr Anwar Jafri
    Mr Anwar Jafri
    Orthopaedic Surgery
    Is a colleague

    "Mr Van Niekerk is an expert Knee Surgeon with vast experience and an excellent reputation amongst his colleagues and his patients."

    13-01-2020

    Recommended for:
    Torn Meniscus (Cartilage), ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Injury, The Young Knee