Mr Tom Pollard

Mr Tom Pollard

Trauma & orthopaedic surgery 04702368

  • Fee assured
  • Not in Open Referral network
Fee assured
Not in Open Referral network

Specialises in

  • Hip
  • Knee


  • Face-to-face consultations
  • Video and telephone consultations

About me

Mr Tom Pollard is a high volume hip and knee surgeon with a specialist interest in young adult hip problems and hip arthroscopy. He practices throughout the M4/M40 triangle from Reading in the west, through Henley, Ascot, and Stoke Poges, to Central London (Schoen Clinic). He is happy to see patients at any of these locations at their convenience, and also to consult remotely via video/telephone call.
Mr Pollard qualified as a doctor at the University of Bristol. After basic training, including cardiothoracic and plastic surgery, he joined the Oxford Programme to complete his specialist orthopaedic training. He gained his medical doctorate (MD) here for his thesis on the causes, investigation, and treatment of early osteoarthritis of the hip and took up the prestigious post of Clinical Lecturer in Orthopaedic and Trauma surgery at the University of Oxford.
While taking his fellowship training at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, he enhanced his specialist skillset in treating hip and knee problems and joined the trust as a Consultant in 2012.
Mr Pollard enjoys a worldwide reputation as an expert in young adult hip disorders and his innovative research was recognised on the global stage when he won two of the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy’s first three annual awards. He is recognised to have written many of the most important publications in the field of young adult hip surgery that have enhanced the understanding of how hips fail and how they should be investigated and treated. He continues to collaborate with the University of Oxford on research and clinical trials.
Since becoming a Consultant, Mr Pollard has performed over 2200 hip arthroscopies and continues to perform approximately 250 annually, making him one of the most experienced surgeons in the UK in this subspecialist procedure. He regularly receives referrals from colleagues both locally and nationally. He teaches on hip arthroscopy courses and lectures both in the UK and internationally. He trains fellows in hip arthroscopy, as part of the Smith & Nephew sponsored fellowship programme based at the Royal Berkshire hospital, and is also part of a visiting surgeon programme, which gives consultant surgeons the chance to observe his hip arthroscopy techniques in person.
In addition to his hip arthroscopy practice, Mr Pollard is a highly experienced joint replacement (arthroplasty) surgeon. He performs in excess of 250 hip and knee replacements annually, employing the latest techniques including the NAVIO Surgical system for robotic-assisted knee replacements. One of his key messages to patients is the importance of remaining active after undergoing a joint replacement procedure. He uses uncemented implants with high performing bearings to allow patients to maintain high levels of activity postoperatively. His philosophy is to tailor a plan for patients on an individual basis, which includes physiotherapy and rehabilitation programs, and surgery if required, as described in the article entitled ‘Opening up about hip problems’ ( Many of his arthroplasty patients return to sporting activity including running, racquet sports, and skiing. Patients considering joint replacement and concerned about maintaining an active lifestyle afterwards may like to visit the Facebook discussion group ‘Hip replacement for active people’, which was set up by a patient of his and has been found to be very informative by subsequent patients.
Mr Pollard was Clinical Director of the department of Orthopaedic & Trauma surgery at the Royal Berkshire Hospital from Feb 2017-Apr 2022. As head of the department through the Covid pandemic, he successfully lead the department to be one of the first in the UK to resume elective surgery and the strategy he developed to do this safely was published for other hospitals to follow.

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Hip arthroscopy; Femoroacetabular impingement; Labral tears; Hip Dysplasia; Hip and groin pain in young adults; Sports surgery; Hip pain; Knee pain; Hip surgery; Hip replacement surgery; Complex and Revision hip replacement surgery; Arthroplasty; Arthroscopy; Knee surgery; Knee arthroscopy; Cartilage repair; Sports injuries; Meniscal tears; Anterior knee pain; Knee replacement surgery; Partial knee replacement surgery; Revision knee replacement surgery;

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