Mr Alistair R Phillips: Trauma & orthopaedic surgery
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Mr Alistair R Phillips

Trauma & orthopaedic surgery

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Specialises in

  • Elbow
  • Hand
  • Shoulder

About me

I am a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in the hand, wrist and elbow surgery.
I work at the Spire Southampton and University Hospital Southampton which is a Major Trauma Centre. My practice involves general trauma care or 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 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!

My waiting list is short, and divided into two sections; local anaesthetic operations and general/regional anaesthetic (where you are asleep or just your arm is numbed). My local anaesthetic cases are mostly carried out in the most convenient way I have been able to manage, by doing them in the minor ops room in outpatients. They are after all "minor ops" in the grand scheme of things. This way you can have your carpal tunnel decompression rather like going to the dentist; 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.
More complex operations such as tennis or golfer's elbow surgery, trapeziectomy, wrist partial fusions or total fusions (for arthritis), tendon repairs or reconstructions, multiple digit Dupuytren's treatment including dermofasciectomy (skin grafting) and all hand, wrist and elbow fractures require main theatre and therefore a general or regional anaesthetic. (I do use local anaesthetic for Tennis Elbow surgery however).
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; trapeziectomies; trigger fingers; arthritis; trauma; fractures

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Procedures completed

  • W1920

    Primary open reduction of long bone with fixation - (1-5)

  • A6510

    Carpal tunnel release (open) - (1-5)

    Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital (1-5)

  • T6220

    Excision of bursa - (1-5)

  • W9040

    Injection(s) +/- aspiration, into joint, cyst, bursa - (1-5)

  • W7530

    Repair of lateral collateral ligament complex - (1-5)

  • W7485

    Small joint (e.g. interphalangeal/ metacarpo-phalangeal joint) ligament reconstruction - (1-5)

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