Mr Alistair R Phillips

Mr Alistair R Phillips

Trauma & orthopaedic surgery 04718495

  • Bupa Platinum consultant
  • Fee assured
  • Open Referral network
Bupa Platinum consultant
Fee assured
Open Referral network

Specialises in

  • Hand & Wrist
  • Shoulder & Elbow


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

About me

I am a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in the hand, wrist and elbow surgery (not shoulder surgery) and my philosophy is Empathy (having had my own career threatening hand surgery and subsequent complications!), Expertise (see below) and Engagement (of patients in their own treatment and rehab).

My principle is simple -
"to�treat patients as I would like to be treated myself" and I certainly don't want surgery unless absolutely necessary and I can be guaranteed (as much as we can ever be guaranteed) that it will work. Therefore I always aim to treat you without surgery, with things like PRP (see below), if at all possible and only offer you surgery if I believe I can reliably improve your condition with the absolute minimum of risk.

I work at the Wessex Nuffield and Winchester Healthshare Clinic - a beautiful new Private hospital in Winchester. My practice is split into traumatic injuries and planned (elective) surgery and have a passion for improving my patients' lives with innovations such as new joint replacements in the base of the thumb, using ultrasound for ultra-minimally invasive surgeries as well as new non-operative treatments for arthritis and sports injuries (e.g. Tennis elbow) with your own blood (called Platelet Rich Plasma - PRP).

TRAUMA: having worked at the the Major Trauma Centre in Southampton I have been receiving the complex hand, wrist and elbow trauma. I have a particular interest and research base of wrist fractures and modern techniques for getting patients moving very quickly.

PLANNED SURGERY: I have a complete tertiary referral practice meaning I am trained and happy to deal with everything that the hand and wrist can throw at use - the more complex the better!

I am fellowship trained in all aspects of hand, wrist and elbow surgery, having spent my first Fellowship in Derby which is one of the largest and most prestigious Hand Units in the world, and also in Southampton.

My passion is for using local anaesthetics (LA) in an almost painless way for many smaller procedures such as carpal tunnel decompression, trigger finger release, simple Dupuytren's contractures and cysts within the fingers. I also use local anaesthetics for all tendon injuries and transfers. I am a co-author of the definitive book on the subject and I built a Charitable website educating hand surgeons about the benefits of Wide Awake Hand Surgery globally.

I have developed ways of giving injections in clinic and theatre with almost no pain, including using special drugs, paediatric sized needles and many other small refinements adding up to an experience for my patients as I would be treated myself!

My local anaesthetic cases are carried out in the most convenient way I have been able to manage, by doing them in the minor ops room in outpatients. This way you can have your carpal tunnel decompression rather like going to the optician; arrive, have the local, have the op 20 minutes later and leave as soon as you like afterwards. You should be in the hospital for no more than an hour and a half. This is very different to most other more traditional surgeons.

I do carpal and cubital tunnel, trigger finger, tennis elbow and Dequervain's releases, Dupuytren's surgery, cyst excision, finger joint fusions and tendon transfers all under LA.

I concentrate very hard on you regaining your function as early as I possibly can after surgery and do all I can to minimise the inconvenience to your life. It is all about you - not me - after all.

Areas of interest

carpal tunnel syndrome; local anaesthetics; trigger finger; carpal tunnel release; finger arthritis; thumb joint replacement; trauma; fractures; Dupuytrens; tennis elbow; ganglion; sports injuries; orthobiologics; PRP; adults; Cubital Tunnel release;
Excision sebaceous cyst; excision of giant cell tumour; Partial fasciectomy palm only; Partial fasciectomy; dermofasciectomy; Excision of ganglion; excision of mucous cyst; Triceps tendon repair; Extensor tenolysis; Finger tenolysis; Tenosynovectomy; De Quervains release; Trigger finger release; Tennis elbow release; Trapiezectomy and LRTI; Thumb CMC replacement, Trapezio-metacarpal joint surface replacement; PIPJ fusion; PIPJ silastic joint replacement; DIPJ fusion; Distal radius osteotomy; ulnar shortening osteotomy; open reduction internal fixation radius; Right scaphoid fixation; removal of metal work; ORIF left scaphoid; skiers thumb repair; radial head replacement; Scapholunate ligament reconstruction

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