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Ian Kelly is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon, based exclusively at Whitfield Clinic in Waterford. He specialises in the lower limb, especially the Hip & Knee Replacement and Foot & Ankle Surgery.
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We provide non-surgical and surgical treatment for musculoskeletal conditions such as Hip Arthritis, Knee Arthritis, Ankle Arthritis & Bunions.
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Every patient is unique, and so every journey is unique. There is however a general path that most patients follow. Find out what to expect and how to prepare.

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Ian Kelly is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon based exclusively at Whitfield Clinic in Waterford. Find out how he can help you and how you can refer a patient to him.
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Welcome to Ian Kelly Orthopaedics

My name is Ian Peter Kelly and I am an orthopaedic surgeon based exclusively at Whitfield Clinic in Waterford. Originally from Ballinasloe in Co. Galway, I graduated from University College Dublin in 1990 and did my fellowship training in Duke University, North Carolina, USA where I majored in Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery and Foot and Ankle Surgery.

Before moving to Whitfield Clinic in 2012, I spent 12 years in the Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery Department in University Hospital Waterford. In all, I have over 25 years’ experience in orthopaedic surgery with a special interest in hip and knee replacement surgery and diseases of the foot and ankle. I do my best to give each patient my full attention and explain the options open to them in a clear and simple manner. I am passionate about my work and helping those who come to see me.

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Typical Patient Journey

Every patient is unique, so every journey is unique. There is however a general path that most patients follow, at least for the initial steps. We’ve listed and described them here so you have a good idea of what to expect, and how to prepare.

Simply click on the steps below to see more information

Pre Visit

Before you leave home, there a few things you should note:

  • There is parking available in front of the main building at Whitfield Clinic. The first 20 minutes are free of charge. There is a flat rate of €4 per day.

  • If you go to the main reception at the front entrance, they will direct you to my clinic. I am in Suite 1.

  • Bring a pair of shorts - to facilitate your clinical examination.

  • Bring any previous x-rays – reports, images etc.

  • Bring a list of any medication that you are taking so we can verify the name and dosage.

  • Bring your health insurance details – Aviva, Glo, Laya, VHI etc.

  • Payment is due on the day and can be made by cash, debit card, credit card or cheque. The fee is €180 for the first consultation, €100 for a follow-up consultation and €60 for an initial post-operative review for suture removal and dressing.

  • The following is a registration sheet that we ask you to fill out. You can do so when you arrive, or better still, you can do so in advance and email it to susan@iankellyortho.ie

    Click here to download the registration form

Initial Consultation

  • A full history of your condition/problem is taken so we understand the background to the complaint.

  • A thorough clinical examination is performed so we get a complete picture of the issue at hand.

X Ray Investigation

Most patients will require an x-ray following their initial consultation. These are performed on-site at Whitfield Clinic. Payment for these x-rays will be taken at admissions where you will be directed to the x-ray department. You can expect to pay between €85 and €140. If a CT or MR scan is required, you may have to return another day as they usually can’t be performed the same day.

Further Consultation with X Rays

Following your x-ray, I will ask you to return to my clinic for review of your x-rays and further discussion to plan your treatment. The non-operative and operative options will be discussed.

If surgery is required, we will co-sign the Surgical Consent Form. The practice secretary will book a date for surgery that suits you. You may be referred to the Pre-Assessment Unit for medical/anaesthetic evaluation. If you need a joint replacement, an appointment will be arranged for you to visit the Joint School for further advice and education.

Learn more about the various conditions and treatments, how to prepare for surgery and what to expect


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