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Mr Thomas specialises in all conditions of the shoulder and elbow surgery with a particular interest in joint replacement, arthroscopic (keyhole) surgery and sports injuries. He is pioneering the use of bone-preserving shoulder replacements which bring significant patient benefits.
Mr Thomas qualified from University College London, Medical School in 2001 before moving to the West Country for his Surgical training in Bath and his Orthopaedic training in Bristol. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2011 and took up his Consultant appointment in Exeter in 2013.
Mr Thomas has a broad experience of shoulder and elbow surgery, completing prestigious, advanced surgical fellowships in Geelong, Australia and at the Major Trauma Centre in Bristol. His specialist clinical practice has a particular focus on strategies that enhance recovery following surgery and improve patients’ overall surgical experience
Areas of interest
Joint replacement; Advanced arthroscopic (keyhole) techniques; Sports injuries; Enhanced recovery after surgery
- Victoria Barwick
- The Exeter Nuffield Hospital Wonford Road EXETER EX2 4UG
- 01392 262162
- 01392 262153
Anaesthetists worked with
- Dr Alistair Hellewell Not Fee Assured
- Dr Mark O Daugherty Not Fee Assured
- Dr Simon N Marshall Fee Assured
Current NHS consultant posts held
Royal Devon & Exeter Hospitals NHS Trust
Stemless Shoulder Arthroplasty: presented encouraging results at this years British Shoulder Society Meeting where the technique was hailed the future of shoulder replacement surgery.
Enhanced Recovery: Improving patients recovery after surgery. Mr Thomas' work has been recognised regionally and internationally.
Frozen Shoulder: He has won accolades for his investigations into this debilitating condition.
Shoulder Biomechanics: In collaboration with Bath University Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory.
High quality and relevant research underpins Mr Thomas’ practice. The Exeter Shoulder Unit is proudly active in both local and national research projects.
Outside of work, sport remains Mr Thomas' passion and main outlet for relaxation. Having retired from rugby he is now a keen endurance runner, open water swimmer and cyclist and is an improving triathlete. This years challenges are London Marathon (2hr55 and >£1000 for Balloons, child bereavement charity) and Weymouth Middle Distance Triathlon.
He has a young family that manage to fill his time otherwise!
Enhanced Recovery in Orthopaedics
Best Paper, South West Orthopaedic Club, Yeovil
Prize Poster, 1st International Conference on Enhanced Recovery, Bristol
Early Manipulation of the Frozen Shoulder
Best Paper, Bristol Orthopaedic Registrar Annual Presentations, Bristol
Prize Paper, South West Orthopaedic Club, Plymouth
Surgical Team of the Year Award - Hospital Doctor Magazine
Orthopaedic Department, Great Western Hospital, Swindon
Pectoralis Major Tendon Repair: A Biomechanical Study of Suture Button versus Transosseous Suture Techniques
Thomas WJC, Gheduzzi S, Packham IN
Knee Surg Sports Tr Arthosc (ePub ahead of print 2014)
Does Enhanced Recovery Program in Total Knee Arthroplasty Reduce Length of Hospital Stay?
Dwyer A, Thomas WJC, Humphry S, Porter P
Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery (ePub ahead of print April 2013)
The Outcome of Manipulation under General Anaesthesia for the Management of Frozen Shoulder in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus
Jenkins E, Thomas WJC, Corcoran J, Beyon C, Sayers AE, Kirubanandan R, Woods DA
J Shoulder Elbow Surg 2012; Nov;21(11):1492-8
An Enhanced Recovery Programme in Total Hip Arthroplasty
Dwyer A, Tarassoli P, Thomas WJC, Porter P
Indian J Orthop. 2012 Jul;46(4):407-12.
Treatment of Frozen Shoulder by Manipulation under Anaesthetic & Injection – Does
Timing of Treatment Affect the Outcome?
Thomas WJC, Jenkins E, Owen JM, Sangster M, Kirubanandan R, Beyon C, Woods DA
J Bone Joint Surg Br 2011; Vol 93(10): 93-10:1377-81.
The Incidence & Reporting Rates of Needle Stick Injury amongst UK Surgeons
Thomas WJC, Murray JRD
Ann R Coll Surg Engl 2009; 91: 12–17
A Novel Introducer for the Hardinge Cement Restrictor used in Cemented Total Elbow Arthroplasty
Thomas WJC, Woods DA
Ann R Coll Surg Engl 2009; 91: 346-7
An Interview Experience - My Consultant Interview
Journal of Bristol Orthopaedic Registrar Group, Autumn 2014
How to pass the FRCS (Tr & Orth) ….. whilst Avoiding Divorce
WJC Thomas, A Odutola
British Orthopaedic News Autumn 2011; 14-16
L Radmore, WJC Thomas, A Tasker, D Diamond, R Amifreyz, M Gargan
Orthopaedics and Trauma 2011; 25(2): 131-134
Courses offered to GPs
At ExeterShoulder we value a positive relationship with Primary Care and beyond. We have had several excellent evenings at Dart’s Farm, St Lukes Campus and an open evening at Woodbury Park. In collaboration with the Nuffield Hospital, we plan a regular programme of educational meetings that allow us to maintain our links directly with primary care. In addition, we would be delighted to come and visit you at your surgery. All we need is a few weeks notice - just let me know.
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- FRCS (Tr & Ortho) Royal College of Surgeons of England 2011
- MB BS University of London 2001
- BSc University College London 1998
- Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education Bristol University 2010
Reference number 6028849
Details of entry to specialist register
- William Thomas, 2011
Affiliations / memberships
Royal College of Surgeons (Eng)
British Orthopaedic Association
British Elbow & Shoulder Society
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- Nuffield Health Exeter Hospital, EX2 4UG
- 08:00 - 20:00
- 01392 262162
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
Victoria Barwick - 01392 262162
Nuffield Exeter - 01392 276591