Mr Robert Farnell

Mr Robert Farnell

Trauma & orthopaedic surgery 03468847

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  • Hand & Wrist


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About me

Robert Farnell is the Senior Orthopaedic Consultant Hand and Wrist Surgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, based at the Leeds General Infirmary. He has worked as a specialist consultant surgeon since 2002, treating conditions affecting the hand and wrist. In addition to managing the local population, he provides a service for the management of complex conditions which are referred from other surgeons throughout the region. He is routinely asked by his colleagues in the surrounding hospitals to provide his opinion and to take over the management of difficult and complex cases.

Mr Farnell offers a comprehensive range of treatment for conditions affecting the hand and the wrist. He is able to provide an experienced specialist opinion and subsequent management, including those conditions that are not considered straight forward.

Areas of Expertise:

HAND: carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren’s disease, trigger finger and other tendon conditions, arthritis of the hand and thumb, ganglions and other lumps and hand trauma.

WRIST: All wrist trauma including fractures of the distal radius, scaphoid bone and ligament injuries. Wrist pain caused by arthritis, scaphoid non-union, wrist ligament injuries, mal-united distal radius fractures, ulnar abutment and TFCC injuries. He is able to perform wrist arthroscopy (key-hole surgery) and vascularised bone grafts for scaphoid non-unions and Kienbock’s disease.

Mr Farnell was born in Leeds and attended Sherburn High School, before training and graduating in London in 1990. He did his basic surgical training around St George’s Hospital Medical School, London. He returned to Yorkshire in 1996 for his higher surgical training and in 2001 was awarded the Fellowship in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery. He held further clinical hand fellowships in Leeds (National Interface Hand Fellow), Indianapolis (AO Hand Fellow), Louisville (AO Hand Fellow) and Leeds (Microsurgical Fellow) before he was appointed as a Consultant Hand and Wrist Surgeon in 2002.

Mr Farnell remains actively involved in surgical education. He is currently the Chairman of the UK Faculty for the AO Foundation, instructing in hand and wrist trauma courses in the UK. He is involved in the appointment of the National Interface Hand Fellows and is the Educational Supervisor for the Leeds Fellow. He is an examiner for the interface hand diploma examination, which is the specialist qualification for hand trainees in the UK. In the past he has been an elected member of the Education and Training Committee for the British Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Mr Farnell has written several invited book chapters in international postgraduate text books and journals, and he reviews scientific articles for several scientific journals.

Member of:
British Medical Association
British Society for Surgery of the Hand
European Wrist Arthroscopy Society
Royal College of Surgeons of England
Medical Defence Union

Areas of interest

Hand Surgery:
Carpal tunnel syndrome;
Cubital tunnel syndrome;
Dupuytren's contracture;
Nerve compression;
Trigger finger and other tendon problems;
Ganglions and other lumps;
Hand injuries and fractures;
Hand and thumb pain

Wrist Surgery:
Wrist pain;
Fractures of the distal radius and scaphoid;
Non-union of scaphoid fracture and treatment using vascularised bone grafts;
Wrist ligament injuries;
Ulnar abutment;
Kienbock's disease;
DeQuervain's disease;
Minimally invasive treatments using wrist arthroscopy (Keyhole surgery);
TFCC tears

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