Steve Bollen is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon specialising exclusively in soft tissue surgery of the knee and ankle. The majority of his work is carried out arthroscopically (keyhole). Unlike many other orthopaedic surgeons, he is not a specialist in another field (such as joint replacement) who does a bit of knee arthroscopy.
He was a medical student in Birmingham and a house officer in Worcester and Coventry. Following this, he spent 2 years travelling around the world which included working in general practice in Australia for 6 months.
Deciding on a career in surgery he gained experience around the country, deciding on specialising in orthopaedics whilst an SHO to Mr Bernard Cashman in Bedford.
He obtained his Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons exams both in London and Edinburgh whilst on a pre-fellowship rotation in Sheffield.
After spending a year as an Arthritis and Rheumatism Council research fellow, doing research into the measurement of knee laxity, he was appointed to the Senior Registrar rotation in Leeds/Bradford. After obtaining the FRCSEd Orth and getting on the specialist register, he spent 6 months as a fellow to Merv Cross and Leo Pinczewski in Sydney, Australia, learning innovative techniques of arthroscopic surgery of the knee and ankle.
On return to the UK and appointment as a consultant at Bradford Teaching Hospitals Trust in 1992, He rapidly developed his specialist interest. He was the first surgeon in Yorkshire to be performing arthroscopic autograft ACL reconstruction and was a pioneer of complex reconstruction, opening wedge osteotomy and ankle arthroscopy.
Mr. Bollen was a founder member of the British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma Association and subsequently was its first academic secretary and then president for four years from 2004 to 2008. He has been chairman of the Yorkshire branch of the British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine and has been an examiner for the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine (UK). He has been extensively involved in training the future generations of knee specialists both through a fellowship at the BRI and lecturing to trainees and consultants around the country.
Anterior cruciate reconstruction, posterior cruciate reconstruction, lateral & posterolateral reconstruction, medial reconstruction, combinations of these and osteotomy form the mainstay of his work with the addition of less major knee and ankle problems (arthroscopy) such as meniscal (“cartilage”) injury, articular cartilage injury (microfracture technique), and impingement. Patients are referred from around the country with both straightforward sports injuries and more complex and difficult problems. Mr Bollen is a national and international speaker on knee and ankle injuries and reconstruction. He has published widely in peer reviewed journals on these subjects. He is one of a team of 5 who have produced “Best Practice Guidelines for ACL Reconstruction” published by the British Orthopaedic Association.
Since 1992, he has gained enormous experience in treating professional sportsmen/women and currently treats players from all levels of the football league and rugby league from all over the country including Premiership football and Superleague rugby league. He was Clinical Director of the busy Orthopaedic Department at the Bradford Teaching Hospitals Trust for ten years. His NHS practice was similar to his private practice in that he saw large numbers of patients with knee injuries and problems of all descriptions, performing ligament reconstructions and knee and ankle arthroscopies.
Mr Bollen now practices at The Spire Hospital in Leeds and The Yorkshire Clinic where appointments are available to suit you. He continues to provide a limited amount of choose and book NHS work at the Yorkshire clinic on Thursdays at 1pm.
- MB ChB - 1978
- FRCS Ed - 1985
- FRCS - 1985
- FRCSEd Orth - 1990
- FFSEM(UK) - 2007
- Fellow of the British Orthopaedic Association
- Founder Member of the British Orthopaedic
- Sports Trauma Association
- Member of the British Association of Sports Medicine
- Member of the British Association for Surgery of the Knee
- Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine (UK)
Resigned 2016 because the faculty has lost its original remit to improve the early recognition and management of injuries in sport, which has become a tiny fraction of the syllabus. Mr Bollen was very unhappy at the standard of knowledge and skills at examination in injuries, in candidates successfully passing the exam.
- British Representative on the Medical Commission of the Union Internationale des Associations d'Alpinisme
- Academic Secretary of the British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma Association 1993-1997
Secretary 2000 to 2002, President 2004
- Vice Chairman Yorkshire Region British Association Of Sports Medicine 1993-1997
- Associate Editor of the Video Journal of Orthopaedics 1993-1996
- Associate Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine 1995 to 2007
- Member of working party for "Best practice guidelines for ACL reconstruction" for the British Orthopaedic Association (publ 2009)
- Orthopaedic Surgeon to the Northern Ballet 1994 - 2006
- Examiner for intercollegiate board FRCS Orth exam and IABSEM
- Member of the Football Association Medical Consultative Committee
- Member of the Rugby League Medical Consultative Committee
A Year's Worth of Knee Surgery
Arthroscopic procedure of knee 646 Anterior cruciate reconstruction 149 Revision anterior cruciate reconstruction 32 Anterior cruciate + medial collateral ligament reconstruction 10 Anterior cruciate + posterolateral corner reconstruction 6 Anterior cruciate + posterior cruciate + posterolateral corner reconstruction 2 Anterior cruciate reconstruction + high tibial osteotomy 5 Posterior cruciate + posterolateral corner reconstruction 14 Posterior cruciate + medial collateral ligament reconstruction 4 Posterior cruciate + posterolateral corner + medial collateral ligament reconstruction 1 Posterolateral corner reconstruction 5 Osteotomy 20