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Latest Developments Update with Consultants from London Bridge Orthopaedics

    Thursday 22nd March 2018
    18:30 to 20:45
    Hilton London Tower Bridge, 5 More London Place, Tooley Street, London SE1 2BY
    Join London Bridge Orthopaedics for an evening discussing the latest developments in various orthopaedic specialties, with 5 Consultants covering all elements of a quick and effective examination in primary care including hips, shoulders, elbows, hands, wrists, knees and feet.
    Mr Venu Kavarthapu (Hip), Mr Simon Owen Johnstone (Shoulder/Elbow), Mr Sameer Gidwani (Hand/Wrist), Mr Martin Klinke (Feet) and Mr Dominic Spicer (Knees)
    TimeSessionSpeaker
    18.30pm - 19.00pmRegistration and refreshments
    19.00pm - 19.20pmAn Update: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome & Thumb Base ArthritisMr Sam Gidwani
    19.20pm - 19.40pmSession 2Mr Martin Klinke
    19.40pm - 20.00pmWhat's new in knees - latest developmentsMr Dominic Spicer
    20.00pm - 20.20pmGP Update on Hip Examination and Hip ArthroplastyMr Venu Kavarthapu
    20.20pm - 20.40pmShoulder Examination TechniquesMr Simon Owen-Johnstone
    20.40pm - 20.45pmFinal questions

    Mr Venu Kavarthapu

    Consultant Orthopaedic Lower Limb Surgeon

    Mr Venu Kavarthapu qualified at the AP University of Health Sciences, India, in 1993.  He subsequently trained in Orthopaedic Surgery from South East Thames Orthopaedic Rotation. 

    Further fellowship training was obtained in specialised MIS and computer navigation hip surgery under the tuition of Dr Lawrence Dorr at the Arthritis Institute, Los Angeles, USA; orthopaedic fellowship training under the tuition of Dr Joel Matta at the Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles, USA; hip surgery fellowship at Guy’s Hospital, London; and foot and ankle fellowship training at Royal Surrey County and Frimley Park Hospitals, Surrey.

    Mr Kavarthapu was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at King’s College Hospital, London in 2006.  Mr Kavarthapu’s special interest is in lower limb surgery.  Mr Kavarthapu also heads an established Diabetic Foot clinic that undertakes corrective surgery required for foot deformities caused by diabetes.  This service has been recognised nationally. 

    Mr Kavarthapu is a faculty for major meetings and courses viz diabetic foot surgery, trauma courses, FRCS (Tr & Ortho) intense revision course, primary and revision hip arthroplasty course and Indian Orthopaedic Association/Specialities Conferences.  

    Mr Kavarthapu is currently the regional training programme director for Trauma and Orthopaedics. He is the past president of Indian Orthopaedic Society UK. He is also the current chairman of British Indian Clinical & Academic Partnership. 

    Mr Kavarthapu's research interests are on trauma, hip arthroplasty, hip arthroscopy, foot and ankle surgery and diabetic foot surgery.

     Special interests

    Hip anthroscopy, hip arthroplasty, knee anthroscopy, foot and ankle surgery, sports injuries and diabetic foot reconstructive surgery.

    Mr Sam Gidwani

    Consultant Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon

    Mr Sam Gidwani is a consultant hand and wrist surgeon who graduated from King’s College, London in 1995. He trained in orthopaedic and trauma surgery in Bristol, London, and Surrey.

    Having completed his orthopaedic training and FRCS (Tr&Orth) qualifications in 2006, Sam spent two years working and training in specialist hand and wrist units. This included time at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in Oxford, the Pulvertaft Hand Centre in Derby, and the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, Australia. He returned to the Pulvertaft Centre as a locum consultant in 2009 for six months, before moving to Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, where he has worked since then. In September 2014 he became the Clinical Lead of the Orthopaedic Department, one of the largest and busiest units in London.

    In his current role, Mr Gidwani’s practice remains focused on disorders of the hand, wrist and forearm, and in 2011 he was awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Hand Surgery by the British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH). He runs a regular specialist hand and wrist clinic at Guy’s Hospital and provides the wrist trauma service to the orthopaedic department. He is also a consultant to the regional hand trauma service based at St. Thomas’ Hospital, working closely with colleagues in the Department of Plastic Surgery.

     Special interests

    Hand and wrist fractures, and tendon, nerve and ligament injuries; Sports injuries of the hand and wrist; Minimally invasive scaphoid fracture fixation; Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis of the hand and wrist; Dupuytren’s disease; carpal and cubital tunnel syndromes; Ganglion cysts; Repetitive strain injury/work related upper limb disorder.

    Mr Martin Klinke

    Consultant Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon

    Mr Martin Klinke is a full time Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the London Foot and Ankle Centre and  is the senior foot and ankle surgeon at London Bridge Hospital where he treats patients conservatively as well as operatively with any kind of foot or ankle pathologies. Established in 2003, the Centre was the first specialist service of its kind in the UK and it has developed into a centre of excellence for foot and ankle disorders.


    Mr Klinke performs the whole spectrum of reconstructive foot and ankle surgery and has a particular interest in hind foot pathologies, ankle replacement, sports injuries and forefoot disorders. This also includes ankle arthroscopy (‘keyhole’ surgery), minimally invasive Achilles tendon repair, minimal invasive forefoot surgery and operative reconstruction of foot deformities. Due to his training in Sports Medicine he also treats athletes suffering from acute injuries or overuse syndromes, including shock wave treatment for Achilles tendinopathies and planter fasciitis.

    Special interests

    Orthopaedics, foot and ankle surgery, injury to foot and ankle, complex reconstruction of the foot and ankle, sports injuries, arthritis, ankle replacement, hallux valgus, rheumatoid disorders, flat foot, toe deformities, cavus foot.

    Mr Dominc Spicer

    Consultant Orthopaedic Knee Surgeon

    Mr Spicer graduated from Charing Cross and Westminster Hospital Medical Schools, he then trained on the St Mary’s Hospital Orthopaedic rotation and at both the Arthroplasty Foundation, and the Rudy Ellis Sports Medicine Institute – Kentucky, USA.

    He was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon at St Bartholemew’s and the Royal London Hospitals, London in 2001 and in 2004 as Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at Imperial College Hospitals NHS Trust – his elective practice now comprises predominantly Sports Medicine and Knee Surgery.

    Mr Spicer is also involved in providing emergency orthopaedic and trauma care for the West London Major Trauma Unit at St Mary’s Hospital. Current research interests relate to patellofemoral and revision joint replacement.

    He is a trainer on both the Imperial College Undergraduate and Postgraduate Orthopaedic Training Programmes and also maintains an active role in Third World Orthopaedics and Orthopaedic Training programmes in developing countries through activities with MEAK and the Kenya Orthopaedic Project.

    Mr Simon Owen-Johnstone

    Consultant Orthopaedic Upper Limb Surgeon

    This year Simon celebrated ten years at London Bridge Hospital in 2015. He’s been in full-time private practice since 2011, but before that he was Clinical Director of Orthopaedics at Barts, and part of the trauma team at The Royal London, where London’s helicopter is based.

    Simon deal with problems affecting shoulders, elbows and hands. He has strong links with London’s physical therapy community, knowing that a team approach usually works best. Rehab is the mainstay of recovery from upper limb problems, even if an operation is sometimes needed along the way. Keyhole surgery can be great, but sometimes conventional techniques are required. Simon sees patients at The Shard, but also consults at Old Broad Street, Tower Hill and Sevenoaks; he is at the London Orthopaedic Clinic every week too. You’ll often find hospital staff and GPs coming to see him too. Clinics are professional but relaxed, with long appointments so there is always time to get to the bottom of the problem.

    At the shoulder: fractures, tendon tears, bursitis, ‘impingement’ (this doesn’t actually exist!), dislocations, gym pain, frozen shoulder.  At the elbow: biceps ruptures, tennis elbow, stiffness, instability. In the hand: trapped nerves, ganglion, Dupuytrens contracture, arthritis. trigger fingers.