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