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- Hand & Wrist
I have been a consultant hand and wrist surgeon in Buckinghamshire since 2003. I studied at Oxford Medical School under Professor John Stein, worked as a junior doctor in London teaching hospitals and then trained in orthopaedic surgery in the Oxford deanery. Following fellowships at St Vincent's Hospital in Melbourne, and then in Oxford, and a period of time working as a consultant in the Derby Hand Unit I was appointed consultant at Wycombe Hospital. Two years later this merged with Stoke Mandeville Hospital. I am passionate about the human hand, and about teaching and cultivating future generations of doctors.
I have extensive experience in my NHS practice of dealing with complex and mutilating trauma of the hand and wrist, and in reconstructing hands send in from other units. I treat large numbers of patients with wrist fractures, particularly of the distal radius and scaphoid, as well as those with wrist ligament injuries requiring arthroscopic surgery.
I look after a large local population of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and neuromuscular disorders (including nerve palsies, Parkinsons, stroke and patients with unexplained symptoms). I have a particular subspecialty interest in treating musicians with hand and wrist disorders.
A large amount of my operative practice is with carpal tunnel and Dupuytrens surgery. For the latter the majority of my patients are treated with needle fasciotomy who generally recover excellent function within a few days.
Other commonly treated conditions include arthritis of the fingers and thumb, tendonitis and triggering, and soft tissue lumps around the hand.
I work with an exceptional group of supporting consultants in radiology (scans and imaging), neurophysiology (nerve testing) and regional anaesthesia (for awake surgery when appropriate).
Areas of interest
Forearm and wrist fractures (including complex distal radial fractures and scaphoid nonunion); Percutaneous scaphoid fixation;
Forearm and wrist malunion;
Nerve compression around elbow, wrist, hand;
Arthritis of the wrist, thumb and fingers;
Finger joint replacement;
Dupuytrens surgery (including needle fasciotomy);
Rheumatoid hand and wrist surgery;
Tendonitis in the elbow, forearm, wrist;
Unexplained arm and hand pain;
Hand disorders in neurological disease (stroke, Parkinsons, post-polio, polyneuropathy);
The musician's hand including dystonia.
- Christine Gale (bookings at Bridge clinic only)
- The Bridge Clinic Oldfield Lodge 156 Bridge Road Maidenhead SL6 8DG
- 01628 760905
- 0872 115 7280
- Kelly Goulding (billing)
- Akeman Medical 7 Park Close Dunton BUCKINGHAM MK18 3LW
- 01525 240844
- Sally Thompson (PA)
- 01494 426415
Anaesthetists worked with
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon at Buckinghamshire Hospitals
Proximal pole scaphoid surgery.
Fractures of the hamate.
Natural history of arthritis in the hand.
The musician's hand.
Occupational hand function and the recalibrating of hand function following injury.
The evolution of the mammalian hand.
The human hand in art and culture.
History of the study of hand anatomy and hand surgery.
- BA (First Class Honours) Oxford (Magdalen College) 1988
- MA Oxford (Magdalen College) 1993
- BM BCh Oxford Medical School 1991
- FRCS London 1996
- FRCS (Tr & Orth) London 2002
- Senior Hand Fellow St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne 2002
- Hand Fellow Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford 2002
Reference number 3590403
Details of entry to specialist register
- Orthopaedic Surgery, 2002
Affiliations / memberships
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