Francis Ma

Mr. Francis Ma is an Australian trained Orthopaedic Surgeon who is part of the Knox Orthopaedic Group based in Wantirna, Melbourne. He joined the group in late 2011 and aims to deliver a high quality and efficient orthopaedic service to the community in the Eastern suburbs. He has a particular interest in hip and knee surgery, general orthopaedic, trauma and sports injuries.

Francis grew up in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne and graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1999. He undertook his internship and junior surgical training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, going on to post graduate surgical training in Orthopaedics. He was awarded the Australian Orthopaedic Association Registrar prize (highest ranking registrar in Vic/Tas) in 2008. He completed his orthopaedic training in 2009 and was granted his FRACS from the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2010.

In 2010, Francis was appointed as an Orthopaedic Consultant at St Vincent’s Hospital, pursuing his interests in hip and knee replacements in a high volume hip and knee arthroplasty unit. Along with this he was responsible for the bulk of the general orthopaedic trauma surgery at St Vincent’s. He also worked as a Consultant at Maroondah Hospital, with particular interests in knee reconstruction, sports medicine and general orthopaedic trauma in adults and children.

He then relocated with his young family overseas, further subspecialising and refining his skills by spending 12 months’ post fellowship training in the United Kingdom in 2010 – 2011. He gained further valuable experience with complex hip and knee replacements, including difficult primary and revision (re-do) replacements at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh under the mentorship of Mr Colin Howie (the next British Hip Society President). This unit is a world renowned high volume tertiary referral centre for joint replacements. Here, he refined his skills in minimally invasive hip replacements, with a particular interest in mini posterior approach total hip replacements, computer navigated total knee replacements and early recovery techniques.

Following this, he completed a fellowship specialising in hip arthroscopy and hip preservation surgery with Professor Damian Griffin at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW), UK. This Fellowship provided him with invaluable experience in the management of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), hip pain and sports medicine in the active adult population, including elite athletes. At UHCW, time was also spent with the hip and knee arthroplasty and soft tissue knee unit. This allowed him to further his experiences in hip resurfacing, revision hip and knee replacements (total and partial) and soft tissue knee reconstruction.

Whilst overseas Francis attended multiple courses and trained to perform anterior mini invasive hip replacement (France / Europe) and other techniques to facilitate early post operative recovery, using the latest local infiltration anaesthetic techniques. He now routinely uses these techniques when performing joint replacement surgery of the hip and knee.

Having returned to Melbourne in the second half of 2011, Francis spent a further 4 months visiting local Melbourne and Australian arthroplasty and Hip arthroscopy surgeons to further refine his techniques and experiences. He has also continued to gain expertise in anterior minimally invasive total hip replacement surgery.

He has resumed his position as Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at St. Vincent’s Hospital, where he has a major interest in hip and knee replacements, hip and knee arthroscopy and sports medicine. He also plays a major role in the trauma service at St Vincents. He is also regularly engaged in the teaching and mentoring of orthopaedic trainees and medical students.

Francis’s has a special interest in management of conditions affecting the hips and knees, with particular skills in hip arthroscopy and joint replacement surgery. Francis is available to discuss urgent referrals with General Practitioners and Allied Health Care Practitioner’s.

Francis’ special interests are:

  • Management of arthritis of the hip and knee
  • Hip and knee replacements – including:
    • Partial and total knee replacement (routine use of computer navigation)
    • Primary and revision (redo) replacement procedures of the hip and knee
    • Mini posterior and anterior mini invasive hip replacement
    • Local infiltrative anaesthetic techniques to facilitate early recovery
  • Knee arthroscopy and ligament reconstruction
  • Hip arthroscopy and the management of hip pain in the young adult, especially FAI
  • General orthopaedic trauma in adults and children