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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