Mr Alistair R Phillips 04718495

Trauma & orthopaedic surgery

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Specialises in

  • Hand & Wrist
  • Shoulder & Elbow


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About me

I am a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in the hand, wrist and elbow surgery (not shoulder surgery).
I work at the Spire Southampton, the Wessex Nuffield and University Hospital Southampton which is a Major Trauma Centre. My practice involves general trauma care of acutely injured patients and my sub specialist interest is trauma and longer term problems in the hand, wrist and elbow.
I am fellowship trained in all aspects of hand, wrist and elbow surgery, having spent time 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 and run a Charitable website educating hand surgeons about the benefits of Wide Awake Hand Surgery globally.
I have developed way 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!

I exclusively operate under Local Anaesthetic privately but my repertoire of cases is very varied (see below).

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.

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 if at all possible and only offer you surgery if I believe I can reliably improve your condition with the absolute minimum of risk

Areas of interest

carpal tunnel; local anaesthetics; trigger fingers; arthritis; trauma; fractures

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