Mr Ronald van Heerwaarden
Mr Ronald van Heerwaarden
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Mr Ronald van Heerwaarden

Consultant Orthopaedic & Specialist Knee Surgeon

Super-specialist knee surgeon Mr Ronald van Heerwaarden is a globally renowned authority in knee osteotomy, knee joint preservation surgery and limb deformity correction, and is one of the few surgeons worldwide to have dedicated his entire practice to these specialisms. A pioneer in the development of new surgical techniques and instruments, he is also a highly sought-after speaker, teacher and much-published author in his field. Mr van Heerwaarden joins Orthopaedic Specialists colleagues at The London Knee Osteotomy Centre, a dedicated unit for knee joint preservation surgery.

Mr Ronald van Heerwaarden

Working at practices in London, Abu Dhabi and the Netherlands, Mr van Heerwaarden is also frequently invited to perform surgery around the world and enjoys a global reputation as a teacher and innovator in the area of ​​limb deformity corrections.

After studying medicine at the Free University of Amsterdam, he trained as an orthopaedic specialist in Amsterdam (Academical Medical Centre) under professor René Marti. He started his orthopaedic practice in the Sint Maartensclinics and established the Limb Reconstruction Centre and the Limb Deformity Reconstruction Units which he headed in the Netherlands for 13 years.

He has worked as a consultant specialising in knee osteotomy in the International Knee and Joint Centre in Abu Dhabi since 2016, when he also moved to Kliniek ViaSana, in Mill, the Netherlands to start a new Centre for Deformity Correction and Joint Preserving Surgery. He has now brought his considerable expertise to London.

Renowned for his innovative approach, surgeons from all over the world visit his practices to learn about the latest surgical techniques and his technical innovations, including the invention of plates for the fixation of bones during osteotomy surgery and his work on the development of the frame used for knee joint distraction.

An outstanding and vastly experienced educator, he has written over 100 scientific peer-reviewed research articles, published DVDs and books and presented over 500 lectures and surgical skills courses in the field of osteotomy and limb deformity correction.

Approximately 80% of his current caseload is patients referred from other surgeons seeking his expert opinion and course of treatment. Not only adults are referred for joint preserving treatment, he also treats children aged 12-18 for lower limb bone deformities.

Mr van Heerwaarden is constantly engaged in research to further knowledge in joint preservation surgery, so patients can live an active life longer without disability or impairments and without needing prosthetic replacements of their joints.

Clinic locations

Mr van Heerwaarden sees patients in London in several locations. You can be treated at:

Mr Ronald van Heerwaarden with a patient

Mr Ronald van Heerwaarden

Consultant Orthopaedic & Specialist Knee Surgeon

Professional background:

  • Vice-chairman of the ESSKA Osteotomy Committee
  • Member of the European Society of Sports Traumatology Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA)
  • Member of the European Knee Associates
  • Honorary Member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Member of the Netherlands Orthopaedic Association (NOV)
  • Member of the AOTrauma Europe
  • Member of the Netherlands Orthopaedic, Traumatology and Sports Medicine Association (NOTS)
  • Former member of the AO Joint Preservation Expert Group (formerly known as Expert Knee Group)
Ronald with knee model
  • Invention of plates for the fixation of bones during osteotomy surgery
  • Invention of new surgical techniques for osteotomy surgery
  • Involved in development of the frame used for knee joint distraction
  • Innovation Award, ESSKA. Project: Distal tuberosity osteotomy in open wedge high tibial osteotomy can prevent patella infera: a new technique
  • Involved in teaching modules in knee joint preservation and osteotomy surgery worldwide
  • Course convenor of the annual London Knee Osteotomy Masterclass
  • Teacher on the annual Northern Knee Osteotomy Masterclass in Newcastle
  • Has supported ten PhD students on their theses
  • Three academic centres in Holland use his patient populations for studies on osteotomy and knee joint distraction patients and he works on research projects with the University of Winchester

Book editor / author of “Sportstraumatology case reports (in Dutch)”, “Osteotomies for Posttraumatic Deformities”, “Manual of Osteotomies around the knee”, and “Osteotomies around the knee (in German)”.

These publications are on the topic of the ‘three sisters’ and were co-authored by Mr van Heerwaarden:

The first anatomical study as a preparation to mini-invasive technique.J. Visser, J. -M. Brinkman, R. L. A. W. Bleys, R. M. Castelein, R. J. van Heerwaarden
(2013) The safety and feasibility of a less invasive distal femur closing wedge
osteotomy technique: a cadaveric dissection study of the medial aspect of the distal
femur. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc; 21:220-227.

A second anatomical study in which the vessels and their relation to osteotomy cuts were shown.van der Woude JA, van Heerwaarden RJ, Bleys RL. Periosteal vascularization of the
distal femur in relation to distal femoral osteotomies: a cadaveric study. J Exp Orthop.
2016 Dec;3(1):6. doi: 10.1186/s40634-016-0042-8.

In the 2017 article in JKS the 3 sisters landmark inserted in a figure
van Heerwaarden RJ, Brinkman JM, Pronk Y. Correction of Femoral Valgus
Deformity. J Knee Surg. 2017 Oct;30(8):746-755.

In this surgical technique publication on mini-invasive SCO 3 sisters was mentioned in German.Lobenhoffer P, Kley K, Freiling D, van Heerwaarden R. Medial closed wedge
osteotomy of the distal femur in biplanar technique and a specific plate fixator. Oper
Orthop Traumatol. 2017 Aug;29(4):306-319. doi: 10.1007/s00064-017-0493-9 [article
in German]