Simon Richards

orthopaedic surgeon


your Specialist in conditions


of the arm & hand


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Simon Richards

I am a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon based in Bournemouth and Poole, Dorset.

I trained at The Royal London Hospital Medical School, qualifying as a Doctor in 1992. Subsequent basic surgical training was completed in various London teaching hospitals. I achieved the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1996.

My Orthopaedic Registrar training was on the North-West Thames programme, based at The Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London.

I then completed two Fellowship training posts. The first was at The Mater Hospital, Sydney, Australia.

On returning to the U.K. I completed a Fellowship in my area of specialist interest of upper limb surgery, at the renowned Pulvertaft unit at The Derby Royal Infirmary, under the supervision of Professor Frank Burke.

I commenced my Consultant Orthopaedic post at Bournemouth and Poole in September 2004.

My Orthopaedic work is focused on my area of sub specialist clinical interest, the upper limb.  Hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder conditions treated include all types of arthritis, nerve compressions (such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome), lumps and bumps, Dupuytrens disease, and trauma (fractures and soft tissue injuries). Surgical techniques include joint replacement and arthroscopic (key-hole) surgery.

My philosophy is to practise the most up-to date Orthopaedic treatment, but as importantly, have an informative approach to patients. Thus, as a patient you should expect a full consultation, and explanation of your Orthopaedic condition. From there you should be able to make an informed decision on the treatment options, and then have best practice treatment, carried out under strict infection control guidelines. Results of surgical outcome, as well as patient satisfaction surveys on some surgical procedures are monitored.

I live in Poole with my wife and three children.


Trauma to the Arm

Trauma to the extremity can cause bruising, fracture, bleeding, a crush injury, or sprain. Underlying structures such as tendon, nerves, ligaments or blood vessels can also be damaged. I have many years experience in treating conditions caused to the arm, wrist and hand through everyday wear and tear, overuse, or an injury.
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Arthritis in Arms, Wrists or Fingers

I specialise in treating finger, thumb base and elbow arthritis with a range of surgical procedures that can give patients with persistive symptoms a great deal of relief. There are a number of different operations available to surgeons for these conditions, but the choice is complex. With many years experience in this area, I will be able to discuss your treatement options with a high-level of knowledge into which would be best for you.
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Nerve Damage to the Arm

There are a number of different conditions caused by damaging nerves in the arm, the most common of which include Ulnar Nerve Entrapment (Cubital Tunnel Syndrome). The surgical treatment for this condition is straightforward, and you will often get discharged the same day as your surgery, although it can be a long time until you are fully recovered. If you are suffering from nerve damage I have a highly successful treatment plan that can be personalised for your particular condiiton or injury.
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Tendon injuries can often be treated with rest and painkillers at home, and will usually get better in a few weeks. However, if your symptoms are severe then there are surgical procedures that I offer which can significiantly improve your condition. If you find yourself suffering from a serious tendon injury then I am available to talk through all of the options for treatment.
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