Mr Patrick H Gillespie

Plastic surgery


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Last updated: 29 Jun 2020

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  • Hand surgery

About me

Mr Gillespie is an experienced Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon with a subspecialisation in Hand and Wrist surgery, appointed as a consultant at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge in 2007. His NHS practice is in skin cancer, reconstruction and hand and wrist surgery, including nerve problems, arthritis and joint pain, Dupuytrens disease and tendon problems such as trigger finger and synovitis. He also undertakes complex reconstructions after cancer surgery or trauma with colleagues in colorectal surgery, orthopaedic trauma surgery and neurosurgery.

His BUPA practice largely mirrors his NHS practice, focusing on moles, lumps and bumps, skin cancer and Hand & Wrist Surgery.

He trained as a medical student in Cambridge and Oxford, qualifying in 1993, and after a period of research in wound healing and specialist training in Plastic Surgery, he undertook fellowships in hand and wrist surgery sponsored by the British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH). He was awarded the overall prize in the examinations for the European Diploma in Hand Surgery in 2007.

He was the clinical governance lead in Plastic Surgery at Addenbrookes for 4 years, concentrating on quality and safety in surgery. He has been the Specialist Lead for the Department of Plastic Surgery at Addenbrookes since 2014.

Following the period of research into scar healing with Professor McGrouther, he has continued with an interest in optimising scars for all forms of reconstructive surgery. Clinical related and published research projects in Cambridge have included lab-based work on tendon repairs and a multi-centre study on anti-adhesion treatments following hand injury.

Since becoming a consultant he has developed his interests in hand and wrist surgery, travelling to Europe and the USA to learn from expert colleagues. These visits have enabled him to bring a wider range of techniques to his practice, including joint replacement and denervation for thumb arthritis as well as continuing standard techniques such as trapezectomy. He aims to explain the range of treatments appropriate for each individual patient and their condition and to explain the pros and cons of each of these to you. He is formally trained in minimal access techniques such as endoscopic carpal tunnel release and the needle techniques for Dupuytrens (needle fasciotomy and collagenase (Xiapex) enzyme injection).

Areas of interest

SKIN moles, lumps and bumps; SKIN CANCER and reconstruction; DERMATOLOGICAL surgery; NAIL surgery; HAND surgery; WRIST surgery; NERVE surgery; TENDON surgery; JOINT surgery; Reconstructive surgery; Skin cancer surgery; Carpal tunnel syndrome; Dupuytrens disease; Ganglion treatment; Trigger finger; Arthritis; Joint pain and joint injection; Thumb pain; Trapezectomy; Joint replacement; Tendonitis; Wrist pain; Wrist sprains and ligament injuries; Wrist arthroscopy

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