Essex Hip & Knee SurgeonThis website has been authored by Mr G J Charnley, Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon specialising in hip and knee joint replacement surgery, and is intended as a source of information and communication for patients, medical consultants and other healthcare professionals.


Godfrey Charnley has over twenty two years of Consultant experience in major hip and knee replacement surgery and revision surgery.  His surgical practice encompasses both young and old patients and various technologies in this field.

He is a Previous Examiner for FRCS Orth Diploma and past Regional Coordinator for the National Joint Registry.  In addition he regularly reviews papers for the European Hip Society's Journal “Hip International”.

Mr Charnley is a member of the European Hip Society and The French Orthopaedic Association, reflecting his interest in collaborating with Surgeons, not just in the United Kingdom.

Mr Charnley qualified in 1983 from St. Thomas’s Hospital in London.  He subsequently received training as a Registrar in London and as a Senior Registrar in Bristol.  His qualifications include FRCS, FRCS Ed and FRCS Orth.  In 2007, Mr Charnley achieved the status of Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

Complimenting his UK training, Mr Charnley had Fellowship training in Knee Surgery in Basel, Switzerland in 1992, Trauma and Revision Joint Replacement Surgery in Paris, France and a Scholarship in Pelvic Fracture Surgery in Seattle, USA both in 1995.

Prior to relocating to Essex Mr Charnley was both an Honorary Senior Lecturer and a Consultant at Derriford Hospital and the Plymouth Post Graduate Medical School between 1995 and 2002.

Mr Charnley as well as having a busy clinical practice is a frequent lecturer and teacher at National and International meetings.  He has published several papers and book chapters on various aspects of joint replacement surgery (please refer to Research and Publications pages).

Mr Charnley is part of National Teaching Faculties for surgeons in training of both cemented and cementless hip replacement surgery. He has introduced many new technologies in the realm of hip surgery to Mid-Essex, including biologically coated cementless hip fixation, hip resurfacing and small incision surgery. He has also had the pleasure of lecturing the regions Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Physiotherapists in new surgical techniques and advances in joint replacement surgery.

Over the past decade he has presented original research in England, South Africa, Italy, Eire, France, Portugal and Austria.  His current research interests include hip replacement for hip fracture, minimally invasive approaches to the hip and acetabular (hip socket) reconstruction.

In 2005, Mr Charnley was awarded the prize for the best scientific presentation at the HIP 2005 meeting in Toulouse, France and in September 2007 he gave two Instructional Lectures to the South African Orthopaedic Association on the use of Tantalum/Trabecular metal in hip replacement surgery.

In 2013, Mr Charnley lectured in Paris for the European Federation of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery on Hip Replacement following Hip Fracture and in 2017, again in Paris he lectured on Short Stems in Total Hip Replacement at the Instuit Kerboull.


Mr Charnley’s main interests are primary and revision hip and knee replacement surgery.  He performs standard incision and small incision hip replacement surgery, hip resurfacing and uni-compartmental knee replacement surgery.

Mr Charnley also performs general orthopaedic procedures including arthroscopy of the knee, (but not knee ligament reconstruction) and he manages lower limb fractures.


Mr Charnley believes that communication between himself and the patient is essential, particularly with increasing media hype regarding new technologies, surgical techniques and implant designs.  All of his patients are counselled and informed about the risks and benefits of any surgical procedure and he provides illustrations and information packages for those patients undergoing joint replacement surgery.  Mr Charnley and his medical and para medical colleagues are certain that patients recover more swiftly from their joint replacement surgery if things are explained to them in advance.

This page was last updated on 22/Nov/2017