Mr Nicholas Phillips


Trauma & orthopaedic surgery


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Last updated: 12 Nov 2020

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  • Shoulder & Elbow

About me

I gained my primary medical degree from The University of Cambridge in 1990, and spent my early training years predominantly in the East Anglia region. Having completed my orthopaedic training on the North Trent region based in Sheffield, I spent 6 months in an upper limb Fellowship in Melbourne, Australia. I was awarded The British Elbow and Shoulder Society Travelling Fellowship Award in 2002, allowing me to visit surgeons in both South Africa and the USA.

Appointed to University Hospital of South Manchester in 2003, I have now completed 14 years as an Orthopaedic Upper Limb Consultant, maintaining full-time NHS practice as well as working in the private sector. I was appointed as Lead Clinician for the Orthopaedic department in in 2013, a post I held for over 3 years. I oversaw the establishment of UHSM as one of the 3 Major Trauma Centres for Greater Manchester, resulting in the greatest improvement in survival statistics from major trauma injuries in the UK.

I introduced the use of reverse geometry total shoulder replacements to South Manchester, and have been instrumental in the continued development of minimally invasive surgical techniques within the Trust. Along with the radiology department I introduced the use of hydrodilitation in the treatment of frozen shoulder, a technique I first saw whilst in Australia in 2002.

I am a founding member of a group of Orthopaedic specialists, OrthTeam, who collaborate on teaching GPs, physiotherapists and sports medicine doctors regularly through the year. I am also faculty on 2 national arthroscopic surgery teaching courses, one for shoulder surgery and the other elbow surgery, regularly training both junior doctors and consultants from both the UK as well as Europe. This allows me to maintain up to date techniques for minimally invasive surgeries as well as contribute to regular case discussions with other colleagues throughout the UK.

I have recently performed navigation-assisted shoulder replacement surgery and am looking to expand the use of this technique to enhance the quality of implantation of these joint replacements. I am one of a handful of shoulder surgeons in the North West that perform over 25 total shoulder replacements each year, both standard anatomical as well as reverse geometry types.

With our children entering tertiary education, it has allowed more time to keep fit, notably running, as well as continue to follow football, which was the sport I played for Cambridge University in the Varsity match in 1988, gaining a Full Blue. I also captained the 2nd XI whilst an undergraduate.

Areas of interest

Shoulder Pain; Elbow Pain; Osteoarthritis;
Sports injuries; Shoulder Surgery; Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery; Minimally Invasive Shoulder Surgery; Key Hole shoulder surgery; Sports Medicine;
Frozen Shoulder; Adhesive Capsulitis; Steroid Injection; Hydrodilitation; Hydrodistension;
Pain inection; Pain management;
Anatomical Total Shoulder Replacement Surgery; Reverse geometry Total Shoulder Replacement; Shoulder Tendon Injuries; Shoulder Dislocation; ACJ pain; ACJ injuries; ACJ dislocation; Shoulder Instability; Arthritis; Upper limb surgery;
Shoulder labrum repair; SLAP repair;
Elbow surgery; Elbow tendinitis; Biceps Tendon Injuries; Tennis Elbow; Golfer's elbow;
Elbow Replacement Surgery; Cubital Tunnel surgery;
Rotator Cuff Tendon Injuries; Rotator Cuff Tendon Tear; Rotator Cuff Tendon Repair;
Shoulder Fractures; Clavicle Fractures; Humerus Fractures; Elbow fractures

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Procedures completed

  • W9040

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

  • T6450

    Tenodesis of biceps tendon (as sole procedure) - (1-5)

    Spire Manchester Hospital (1-5)

  • W8194

    Arthroscopic subacromial decompression and excision of distal clavicle (including arthroscopic procedures in glenohumeral joint) - (1-5)

    Spire Manchester Hospital (1-5)

  • W8603

    Therapeutic arthroscopy of shoulder (as sole procedure) - (1-5)

    Spire Manchester Hospital (1-5)

  • W7872

    Arthroscopic arthrolysis of shoulder contracture +/- manipulation/injection - (1-5)

  • W8110

    Arthroscopic excision of calcific deposits from shoulder - (1-5)

  • W2830

    Removal of internal fixation from bone / joint, excluding k-wires - (1-5)

    BMI The Alexandra Hospital (1-5)

  • W0890

    Excision distal clavicle (as sole procedure) - (1-5)

    Spire Manchester Hospital (1-5)

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