Biography

Dr Buddhika Balalla BSc(Med) MBBS FRACS(Orth) FA(Orth)A

Dr Buddhika Balalla is an Australian-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon, who specialises in all aspects of knee surgery including arthroscopic (key-hole) surgery, single and multi-ligament reconstruction, patellofemoral (kneecap) surgery, partial and total knee replacement, revision knee replacement and computer assisted surgery. He has experience in all types of ligament grafts, including autografts (from the patient’s own body), allografts (from a donor), and synthetic ligaments such as LARS.

Dr Balalla grew up in Sydney, attended Sydney Boys High School and subsequently studied medicine at the University of New South Wales. After graduating in 2001, he completed his internship and residency at St George and Sutherland Hospitals.

In 2003 he was selected for Basic Surgical Training with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS), and in 2007 he was selected for the RACS/Australian Orthopaedic Association Advanced Training Program in Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr Balalla completed his specialist orthopaedic training in 2010, gaining him Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

In 2011, he completed a fellowship with Sydney Knee Specialists focusing on knee arthroscopy, knee replacement, ligament reconstruction, and cartilage transplantation.

In early 2012, Dr Balalla completed a second knee fellowship at the Avon Orthopaedic Centre in Bristol UK. He worked with Mr Andrew Porteous, a highly respected revision arthroplasty specialist, and Mr Jonathan Eldridge, a world-leading specialist in patellofemoral surgery. Dr Balalla received training in investigating and treating problematic knee replacements, and on the treatment of patellofemoral instability.

Dr Balalla has visited Dr Freddie Fu, a world leader in orthopaedic knee surgery in Pittsburgh USA, to observe alternative techniques in ACL reconstruction surgery, such as quadriceps tendon graft harvest, and double bundle ACL reconstruction.

Dr Balalla has also travelled to Ghent in Belgium to visit Professor Rene Verdonk, one of Europe’s foremost authorities on knee surgery to gain experience in meniscal transplantation and multiligament reconstruction.

Dr Balalla currently works as an Orthopaedic Consultant (VMO) at Westmead Hospital. He operates at the Hospital for Specialist Surgery (HSS), Norwest Private Hospital and Castle Hill Day Surgery. He consults in Bella Vista (Norwest), and Castle Hill.

Qualifications and Affiliations

  • BSc (Med) MBBS University of New South Wales
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)
  • Fellow, Australian Orthopaedic Association
  • Knee Fellow, Avon Orthopaedic Centre Knee Program
  • Knee Fellow, Sydney Knee Specialists Knee Reconstruction Program
  • Member, European Society of Sports Traumatology Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA)
  • Member, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS)