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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.



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, working exclusively at Whitfield Clinic in Waterford. My area of special interest is the lower limb. I strive to give each patient my full attention and explain the options open to them in a clear and simple manner. There are always non-operative options and surgery is frequently not necessary. I am passionate about my work and embracing the significant advances that are continually evolving in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Originally from Ballinasloe in Co. Galway, I attended Castleknock College in Dublin and then graduated from University College Dublin in 1990. I completed further orthopaedic 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 Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery Department in University Hospital Waterford. I had the honour of being the departmental chairman for 2 years. In all, I have over 25 years’ experience in orthopaedic surgery, 18 of those years in the South East of Ireland. I was previously the secretary/treasurer of the Irish Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.

I used to live for all sports, especially rugby and GAA, but since I moved to the "Sunny South East", I've taken to cycling, swimming and sailing. I have a passion for sport and exercise and try to factor this into any sports injury treatment decisions. I've even on occasions been found on stage with the University Hospital Waterford drama group!

Did you know?

  • Each foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles, and 19 tendons. This means that 25% of all bones in the human body are located in the feet.

  • Women walk on average 3 miles further every day than men. During a lifetime, the average person will walk more than 250,000 miles. That’s the equivalent of walking to the moon.

  • Your average foot gets two sizes longer when you stand up. It also expands about 5% in volume as the day goes on.

  • Babies are born without kneecaps; they only grow as you get older.

  • Every time you take a step, you use 54 muscles.

  • The knee is the largest weight bearing joint in the body, followed by the hip.

  • Knee arthritis exists in 10% of the adult population.

  • Sports Injuries to the ankle joint are commonly twisting injuries, with ligament damage.

  • Bunions typically are not painful and can often be accommodated in an appropriate shoe. After all - it is easier to change your shoe rather than your foot!

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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