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Mr Simon Barton

Trauma & orthopaedic surgery

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About me

I am a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic surgeon specialising in the treatment of disorders of the knee. My practice includes the management of sports injuries, anterior knee pain, patella instability and arthritis.

I graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2005 and completed my early surgical training in the South East of Scotland, Western Australia and Yorkshire. My higher orthopaedic training was on the North West Rotation, and I became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 2015.

Following completion of training I embarked on two sub-specialty Fellowships to further expand my expertise in the management of soft tissue injuries, patella-femoral disorders and joint preserving solutions for arthritis.

I was selected onto the highly competitive Wrightington Sports Knee Fellowship Programme in 2016. Here I developed the expertise to manage complex multi-ligament injuries and patients with failed reconstructions through revision and osteotomy surgery. During my time at Wrightington I gained the skills to allow me to deliver a modern, patient specific approach to soft tissue injuries of the knee.

In 2017 I moved to Bristol to undertake my second Fellowship at the prestigious Avon Orthopaedic Centre. As the second highest volume unit performing partial knee arthroplasty in the country the training I received here has fundamentally shaped my approach to the management of knee arthritis. I believe strongly in only removing the diseased areas of the arthritic knee, which is reflected in the volume of uni-compartmental and patella-femoral arthroplasty I perform.

The second focus of my Fellowship was to develop the expertise to manage disorders of the patella-femoral joint (anterior knee pain and instability). Under the guidance of Jonathan Eldridge, who has published the worlds largest series on trochleoplasty outcomes, I learnt the Bereiter trochleoplasty technique for the management of severe dysplasia. This condition, which results in recurrent dislocations of the patella, can only be effectively managed by deepening the groove at the end of the femur (trochlea). I am one of a handful of surgeons in the North West of England to be Fellowship trained in this surgery.

I was appointed as a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon at Aintree University Hospital in 2018. Working in the Major Trauma Centre for Cheshire and Mersey I regularly manage patients with complex knee injuries including articular fractures and multi-ligament injuries. My elective practice is exclusively focused on knee surgery.

I have a lifelong interest in sports and exercise, having played representative rugby into my 20s. I continue to train regularly, and enjoy weightlifting, cycling and the occasional triathlon or half marathon. I have personal experience of the dedication and commitment required to rehabilitate from serious injury and to return to competitive sport. My practice is focused on evidence based and innovative surgical techniques, with the goal of optimising function and return to play or competition.

I pride myself on taking the time to listen to and examine my patients, bringing together my broad experience to help each patient understand their diagnosis and tailor a personalised treatment plan to suit their circumstances. I believe strongly in exploring all the available treatment options, from rehabilitation with a specialist knee physiotherapist, to biological knee injections, and where appropriate arthroscopic or open surgical intervention.

Areas of interest

Soft Tissue Knee Surgery
• ACL / PCL / MCL / PLC reconstruction
• Meniscal repair
• Quadriceps and Patella Tendon Reconstruction and Repair

Patello-Femoral Disorders
• Anterior Knee Pain
• Patella instability – MPFL reconstruction / Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy / Trochleoplasty

Joint Preservation Surgery
• High Tibial and Distal Femoral Osteotomy

Knee Arthroplasty
• Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty
• Patellofemoral arthroplasty
• Total knee arthroplasty

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