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Mr Tom Pollard is a high volume hip and knee surgeon. In his elective practice, he performs approximately 150 total hip replacements, 70 total knee replacements, 240 hip arthroscopies, and 180 knee arthroscopies annually. He also performs revision hip and knee replacement surgery and treats complex hip and knee fractures, including those involving joint replacements, as part of his emergency (trauma) work.
Mr Pollard is a specialist in hip arthroscopy (key-hole hip surgery). He has performed over 1300 hip arthroscopies since becoming a Consultant in 2012. An overview of his young adult hip practice was recently published in the article 'Opening up about hip problems', in 'Ask the Doctor magazine 2018' - http://europe.nxtbook.com/emp/AtHome/athomewithchrisjessen2018/index.php#/170
His results for hip and knee replacement surgery are above average and readers are referred to his profile on the National Joint Registry website - http://www.njrsurgeonhospitalprofile.org.uk/SurgeonProfile?gmccode=4702368
Mr Pollard encourages all his patients to remain active after joint replacement. Patients considering joint replacement and concerned about maintaining an active lifestyle afterwards may like to visit the Facebook discussion group 'Hip Replacement group 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 qualified in medicine at the University of Bristol, after being awarded a BSc for research in pathology and microbiology. Following basic surgical training, which included plastic and cardiothoracic surgery, his specialist orthopaedic training was on the Oxford programme. During this he gained an MD for a thesis on the causes, investigation, and treatment of early osteoarthritis of the hip, and was appointed as Clinical Lecturer in Orthopaedic and Trauma surgery at the University of Oxford.
Fellowship training was at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Reading, where he developed his specialist skills in hip arthroscopy, and hip and knee replacement and revision surgery. Thereafter he was invited to stay in the department as a locum Consultant from January 2012, prior to gaining a substantive Consultant appointment there in November 2012.
Mr Pollard is now Clinical Director of the Trauma & Orthopaedic department at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading.
Mr Pollard’s pioneering research has been recognised by winning two of the first three annual awards made by the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy, and has gained him an international reputation in the cause and treatment of young adult hip conditions. He has over 35 publications in his field. He is regularly invited to lecture both nationally and internationally, and teaches on hip arthroscopy courses. He participates in a visiting surgeon programme, whereby consultant surgeons learning hip arthroscopy come to watch him perform the procedure so they can develop their own techniques.
Areas of interest
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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Anaesthetists worked with (Bupa members, please ask your consultant whether your anaesthetist is fee-assured)
- Tom Pollard Hip and Knee replacement statistics on National Joint Registry
- 'Opening up about hip problems', published in 'Ask the Doctor magazine 2018'
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgeon, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Reading
Clinical Director of Trauma & Orthopaedic department, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Mr Pollard has over 35 peer-reviewed publications in the orthopaedic scientific literature, with particular interests in the following areas:
• Early osteoarthritis of the hip and femoroacetabular impingement.
• Training young surgeons in hip arthroscopy.
• Hip replacement in young adults.
2011 International Society for Hip Arthroscopy Trainee presentation prize, Paris.
2010 Oxford Teacher of the Month Autumn.
2010 Award for Invaluable Service to the Conference Technical Programme, International Conference and Course on Orthopaedic Biomechanics, Clinical Applications, and Surgery. Brunel University, London.
2009 International Society for Hip Arthroscopy Trainee presentation prize, New York.
2008 Goodfellow Prize for Research, University of Oxford.
Please see Pubmed under Pollard TC for list of publications.
Courses offered to GPs
Tom is always happy to give talks and seminars to GPs and allied health professionals. Please contact his secretary to arrange times.
Outcomes (checked and approved by medical professional body)
Please click on this link if you would like to see information about this healthcare professional’s performance compared to their peers, as published by their medical professional body.http://www.njrsurgeonhospitalprofile.org.uk/SurgeonProfile?gmccode=4702368
- MD University of Bristol 2012
- FRCS (Tr&Orth) Royal College of Surgeons of England 2010
- MRCS (Eng) Royal College of Surgeons of England 2004
- MBChB University of Bristol 2000
- BSc (Hons) University of Bristol 1997
- Lower Limb Arthroplasty Fellow Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust 2011
Reference number 4702368
Details of entry to specialist register
- Full Specialist Registration with General Medical Council, 2012
Affiliations / memberships
Member of the British Hip Society
Member of the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy
Fellow of the British Orthopaedic Association
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