I am consulted for and treat all types of upper limb problem.  I am trained in minimally invasive (arthroscopic or keyhole) surgery which allows fast recovery after surgery with patients able to return to work and sport as quickly as possible.

I really enjoy being consulted by the elderly patient and patients with “wear and tear” problems.  The amazing experiences of older patients and their challenging orthopaedic problems make them interesting and rewarding.

I treat sports injuries in patients of all ages and I am passionate about sport myself.  I see patients – my “weekend warriors” – those who work hard during the week and then love to get out and have a sport-filled weekend.

I trained initially as a “general orthopaedic and trauma surgeon” which meant I worked in NHS hospitals seeing in clinic and treating every orthopaedic problem from fractures to chronic wear and tear problems.  I did a 6 month fellowship in spinal surgery at RNOH Stanmore and also a 3 month fellowship in shoulder and upper limb surgery at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, University of Toronto.  On becoming a Consultant I decided to specialise in shoulder and upper limb surgery and have specialised in shoulder and elbow for about 20 years now.

I became a Fellow of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society in 2002 and regularly attend upper limb academic meetings.  I also have a busy medico legal practice.

The operations I now perform most frequently are:

  • Subacromial decompression
  • Shoulder stabilisation procedures
  • Repair of rotator cuff
  • Total and hemi (partial) shoulder replacement
  • Elbow replacement
  • Release of tennis elbow
  • Excision of bursa/ganglion
  • Operations on fractures which have failed to heal correctly (secondary repair)
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