Bristol Arthritis & Sports Injury Clinic at the Chesterfield Hospital in Bristol

Mr Oliver S Schindler BSc(Hons) PhD FMH MFSEM FRCSEd FRCSEng FRCS(Orth)

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Lower Limb Specialist

aaos-3jpgMr Oliver S. Schindler is the Director of the Bristol Hip & Knee Clinic based at Chesterfield Nuffield Hospital in Bristol, where he offers specialized treatments for hip and knee disorders.

He is a Fellow of both the Royal College of Edinburgh and the Royal College of England. He is holder of a PhD in Sports Medicine and an elected member of the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine, the British Hip Society and the British Association for Surgery of the Knee. He is actively involved in numerous national and international orthopaedic societies and on the review board of a number of medical journals including ‘The Knee’ published by Elsevier, and ‘Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology & Arthroscopy’, published by Springer.

After graduating from the University of Munich with a First Class BSc(Hons) degree, he entered his residency programme in Switzerland. In 1993 he received an invitation by the late Professor Duthie of the University of Oxford, and continued his professional training in trauma and orthopaedic surgery in the UK. Between 1993 and 1999 he trained at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford, the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore and the Avon Orthopaedic Centre in Bristol. After passing the Intercollegiate Fellowship Examination in Trauma & Orthopaedics in 1999 he was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the North Bristol NHS Trust. In 2001 he was selected for fellowships in joint arthroplasty and sports traumatology in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. This was followed by a further fellowship in reconstructive knee surgery at the Ilizarov Scientific Centre in Russia. He returned to the UK in 2002, where he established a reputation as a lower limb specialist with a focus on knee and hip conditions.

During his career he has received a number of prestigious academic awards including the ASG Travelling Fellowship, awarded jointly by the American and British Orthopaedic Associations in 2005, the Insall Travelling Fellowship awarded by the American Knee Society in 2007 and more recently the AAOS Best Poster Award bestowed by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons during their annual meeting in Orlando in 2016.


Mr Schindler’s interests concern the pathology of cartilage damage, the effects of knee instability following ligament injury, plica impingement, and joint preservation strategies in the face of early degeneration. With regard to arthritis management he supports the notion of a tailor made approach depending on disease location and severity, thus offering a spectrum of treatment options ranging from selective resurfacing procedures (e.g. unicompartmental and patello-femoral arthroplasty), to total knee and hip arthroplasty. He is a proponent of the mobile bearing principle in knee replacement surgery whilst for the hip joint he prefers the use of ceramic and titanium due to their excellent durability and biomechanical qualities.


He has maintained a strong interest in clinical research and academic activities throughout his career. He has published widely on key aspects of hip and knee surgery and presented his work on national and international stage. He has worked extensively on aspects of surgical sterility and is currently investigating the results of sandwich grafting in the treatment of adolescent osteochondritis dissecans, the long-term outcome of callotasis in correcting leg mal-alignment and 10 year follow-up results of the NexGen fixed bearing total knee arthroplasty. In addition he is interested in prosthetic design and performance and in patient related outcome measurements after hip and knee surgery.


• Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, UK
• Royal College of Surgeons of England, UK
• British Association for Surgery of the Knee, UK
• Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine, UK
• Federatio Medicorum Helveticorum, SWITZERLAND
• Sir Herbert Seddon Society, London, UK
• Girdlestone Orthopaedic Society, Oxford, UK
• European Society of Sports Traumatology Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy, LUX
• ASG Fellowship Club, Baden-Baden, GERMANY
• Insall Fellowship Club, New Yourk, USA
• Meniscus Transplant Study Group, USA
• Oxford User Group, Oxford, UK
• ACL Study Group, USA


1. The Skin Knife in Orthopaedic Surgery - Myth or Necessity?
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, USA, 2016
2. Lesser Known Facts on the History of ACL Surgery
ACL Study Group, Cape Town, South Africa, 2014
3. Value of the Skin Knife in Orthopaedic Surgery
British Orthopaedic Association, Birmingham, UK, 2013
4. Current Trends in Articular Cartilage Repair
South West Orthopaedic Club, Guernsey, GB, 2013
5. The Practice of Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty
British Association for Surgery of the Knee, Derby, UK, 2012


1. Schindler OS: Patellar resurfacing in Total Knee Arthroplasty. In Insall & Scott Surgery of the Knee, 6th edition, Chapter 145: , Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2017
2.Schindler OS: Historical aspects on surgery for anterior cruciate ligament deficiency. In The ACL Deficient Knee, 1st edition: , Springer, New York, 2013
3. Schindler OS: Joint replacements and its alternatives. In Insall & Scott Surgery of the Knee, 5th edition, Chapter 113: , Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2012


1. The ‘sneaky’ plica revisited: Morphology, pathophysiology and treatment of synovial plicae of the knee
Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology & Arthroscopy, 2014
2. The controversy of patellar resurfacing: Ibisne in medio tutissimus?
Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology & Arthroscopy, 2012
3. Basic kinematics and biomechanics of the patello-femoral joint
Acta Orthopaedica Belgica 2012 (with Norman Scott as co-author)
4. Surgery for anterior cruciate ligament deficiency: A historical perspective.
Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology & Arthroscopy 2012
5. Current concepts of articular cartilage repair
Acta Orthopaedica, Belgica 2011
6. The practice of unicompartmental knee arthroplasty in the UK
Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2010 (with Norman Scott & Giles Scuderi as co-authors)


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