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Dr Darren Waters

BMBS, FRACS Orthopaedic Surgeon

An experienced orthopaedic surgeon, Dr Darren Waters has a special interest in reconstructive knee, shoulder and ankle surgery.

Specialising in
  • Ankle
  • Hip
  • Hip (Anterior)
  • Knee
  • Shoulder
  • Sports injuries
Dr Darren Waters is focused on research and, notably, created an intra-medullary fixation device (with Dr Anthony Ingman, Austofix) in 1991 that subsequently led to the development of the widely used ‘Humeral Nail’. He has continued his research, with interests in the management of frozen shoulder, and instability surgeries of the shoulder, knee and ankle, and multi modal pain therapy education. Dr Waters is committed to providing a ‘no gap’ system for all surgical procedures for his patients. This arrangement is made for private patients with their health funds.

Dr Waters graduated from Flinders University, then gained Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 1993. He completed two additional fellowships; the first at North Shore Hospital (Sydney) under the guidance of Dr Michael Tonkin, President of the Hand Surgery Society of Australia, on hand and microvascular surgery. The second, with Perth Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre and the renowned Dr Keith Holt and Greg Witherow, was in sports medicine, focusing on reconstructive knee, shoulder and ankle surgery. He visited centres of excellence in knee and shoulder injury management in the USA and Australia and, more recently, in Paris, London and Zurich to further explore minimally invasive hip and knee surgery, and minimally invasive shoulder arthroplasty.


Specialising in

  • Ankle Hip Hip (Anterior)
  • Knee Shoulder Sports injuries

Consulting / Operating Locations

  • Ashford Specialist Centre

    Orthopaedics SA

    Level 4, 57 Anzac Highway, Ashford SA 5035

    (08) 8267 8267

  • Flinders Private Hospital

    Orthopaedics SA

    1 Flinders Dr, Bedford Park SA 5042

    (08) 8267 8267

  • Memorial Medical Centre

    Orthopaedics SA

    Level 1, 1 Kermode St, North Adelaide SA 5006

    (08) 8267 8267

  • Orthopaedics SA Parkside

    Orthopaedics SA

    257 Fullarton Rd, Parkside SA 5063. Car parking off Hone Street.
    Rooms located adjacent to Sound Radiology

    (08) 8267 8267

  • Western Hospital

    Orthopaedics SA

    168 Cudmore Terrace, Henley Beach SA 5022

Additional Information

A founding member of Orthopaedics SA, Dr Waters has introduced a range of patient centric services to support fast and convenient appointments. He runs an ‘acute knee and shoulder’ service, consults privately from five of Orthopaedics SA’s locations (North Adelaide, Ashford, Bedford Park, Parkside and Henley Beach), and operates from Memorial, Ashford, Flinders Private, St Andrews and Western Hospitals. He is a former long-term Director of the Sports Injury Service at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

  • BMBS, Flinders University 1985
  • Part I FRACS, February 1986
  • Part II FRACS, September 1993

1978 (Matriculated)
Northfield High School
South Australia

1979-85
Medical School
Flinders University
South Australia

1985
Internship
Flinders Medical Centre
South Australia

1986
Surgical Trainee
Flinders Medical Centre
South Australia

1987
Surgical Trainee
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
South Australia

1988
Orthopaedic Service Registrar
Royal Adelaide Hospital; Repatriation General Hospital; Flinders Medical Centre
South Australia

1989
Orthopaedic Service Registrar
Royal Adelaide Hospital; Modbury Hospital
South Australia

  • Hip Arthroscopy Meeting, January 2016, Melbourne
  • Revision Hip Replacement Workshop, January 2016, Medacta
  • Anterior Hip Replacement Workshop, February 2016, Brisbane (John Keggie, USA, and John Mills, Tasmania).
  • Knee Instructional Course – Advanced Multiligament, September 2016 (Smith & Nephew)

1982
Fourth Year Elective Term project, examining the neuropsychiatric outcome following closed head injury
Research Supervisor, Prof. Kalucy and Dr A McFarlane, Flinders Medical Centre.

1987
The clinical evaluation of the Porous Coated Anatomic knee prosthesis comparing performance of cemented and cementless prostheses.
The radiological evaluation of PCA knee prostheses with particular reference to bead loosening.
Supervisor, Mr D Howie
Presented to the Australian Orthopaedic Association General Meeting, July 1987 and the Implant Bone Interface Symposium, Midhurst, UK 1989. “Implant Bone Interface”, John Older (Ed) Springer-Verlag London 1990.

1988
“Substance P and VIP in bone and joints; an immunohistochemical study”
Darren Waters, Prof. D Howie and Dr M Rozenbill
Presented AOA Meeting June 1988.

1991
“A New Humeral Locked Nail”
A M Ingham, D Waters
Presented at The Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Association, Christchurch, New Zealand. August 18th-23rd 1991.
JBJS (Br) 1992; 74-B: Supp I.

1992
Microvascular anastomosis techniques in Rat Femoral artery model IVIVS Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Supervisors, Mr R Pope, Mr M Sandow

1994
“A New Humeral Locked Nail”
A M Ingham, D Waters, JBJS (Br) 1994; January P23-30, Vol 7-68 No. 1.