Mr Graham Lawson2018-09-26T13:03:47+00:00

Project Description

Treatment for: Ankle, knee and hip conditions, osteoarthritis and sports injuries

Private practice: Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Monday 8:00am – 12 noon, Monday 2:00pm – 5:30pm alternate weeks.

Professional Profile:  I work as part of an Orthopaedic partnership – Edinburgh Orthopaedic Specialists Ltd – based here in Edinburgh.

My main areas of clinical practice at the Spire Murrayfield Hospital are arthroscopic surgery of the knee and ankle, ligament reconstruction of the knee and ankle and primary lower limb arthroplasty.

An area of particular interest is the management of sports injuries. I am a member of the British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine and have regular clinics at the Fitness Assessment and Sports Injury Clinic at the University of Edinburgh, as well as fortnightly sports injury clinics at St John’s Hospital in Livingston. I am one of a group of orthopaedic surgeons providing orthopaedic expertise for the Scottish Rugby Union and I am currently one of the orthopaedic surgeons for Scottish Institute of Sport and regularly see players from the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL).

My base NHS hospital is the New Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh where, in addition to knee surgery, I am a member of the arthroplasty team. I perform both primary and revision knee and hip arthroplasty with my own practice providing much of the orthopaedic care for the Edinburgh Haemophilia Service.

My NHS practice is based at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and St John’s Hospital in Livingston.

I also undertake medicolegal work specialising in lower limb trauma.

Personal Profile: I became a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in 1997 and am married with three children. Educated in Edinburgh and a graduate of Edinburgh University, I played rugby for Edinburgh Schools and Edinburgh University where I gained a rugby ‘Blue’. I also played at representative level for Scottish Universities and Edinburgh District. Currently I enjoy tennis, cycling and running and have a keen interest in wilderness and expedition medicine.

I am also involved in regular fundraising with an Edinburgh children’s cancer charity.

Fees: My fees range from £180 for an initial consultation to £110 for a follow up visit.

If you are insured please check the Fee Schedule, which we are required to make available to patients according to the Competition and Marketing Authority (CMA)

For patients self-funding their surgical treatment please call the ‘Self Pay Team’ at the Spire Edinburgh Hospitals on 0131 316 2507

Professional Memberships: British Association for Surgery of the Knee, British Orthopaedic Association, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine


“I tore my right ACL playing rugby for Scotland during the summer of 2013. Shortly after, I visited Graham Lawson for the perfect upgrade! Mr Lawson was great, from my initial consultation pre-surgery, to the day he finally signed me off to play again, he was firm and reassuring in his advice which gave me confidence to really attack my rehab. I really can’t speak highly enough of the care I have received from Mr Lawson – my knee feels better than ever!”
– PETER HORNE, Professional rugby player, Glasgow Warriors and Scotland

“Due to Mr Lawson’s excellent work and guidance through the recovery period, my knee is stronger and has given me the full confidence to achieve all my personal goals.

Since reconstruction of my right knee and my ACL operation when I was 16 years old, I have managed to make a full comeback to sport and I have now represented the full Scotland Hockey Team and gained 28 caps and scored 18 goals for my country. I was also back playing Under 21 International Hockey for Scotland and GB within a year of my operation.

I am now playing professional hockey in the Netherlands after a year playing at the top level in England.”
– HAMISH IMRIE, Scotland International hockey player

“During a tackle I snapped (amongst other things) my cruciate ligament which needed surgery. Which is when I was introduced to Graham.

My knee was quite damaged and he explained to me that a commonly used repair may not give me the best chance at returning to rugby so he suggested an allograph, a procedure which used an Achilles tendon from a donor instead of my own tissue, to give me the best chance of returning to my sport. After trouble-free surgery and a long period of rehabilitation under his guidance, I returned to play 12 months later.

I was fortunate to have been involved in championship winning clubs, a Lions Tour and made 76 more appearances for Scotland in the 14 years that followed. I can only thank Graham for giving me the opportunity to keep playing the sport I love and for that reason I would have no hesitation recommending Graham to anyone considering surgery.”
– NATHAN HINES, Professional rugby player, Leinster, Clermont Auvergne, Scotland, British Lions

“Graham is a fantastic surgeon. After visiting Graham early in my career, I found him to be highly skilled in his field, passionate, understanding and very professional. The surgery was the highest standard and the follow up appointments equally as good. I will be forever grateful for his brilliant surgery and extremely fortunate that I was in the hands of a highly skilled surgeon who enabled me to recover and continue on to have a sporting career at the top level.”
– GREIG LAIDLAW, Professional rugby player, Clermont Auvergne, Scotland, British Lions

“I was under Mr Graham Lawson’s care last season (2016 – 2017) with an ankle problem. I had surgery for my left ankle. I scored a goal in my first game back eight weeks later – against Dundee United – with my left foot!”
– JOHN MCGINN, Professional footballer, Hibernian FC and Scotland

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