Consultant Profile

Miss Philippa Rust

Miss Philippa Rust MBBS FRCS(Tr&Orth) MD DipHandSurg
Practicing at:
Spire Edinburgh Hospitals, Spire Murrayfield Edinburgh
  • Hand and Wrist Surgery
    • Orthopaedic surgery
      • Arthroscopy
      • Hand Surgery
      • Soft tissue injuries
      • Sports injury
      • Wrist surgery
    • Plastic Surgery
      • Hand Surgery
      • Reconstructive surgery
      • Soft tissue injuries
    Special clinical interests:

    Carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger fingers and ganglion surgery
    Arthritis, osteoarthritis and inflammatory of wrist and hand
    Wrist pain, including arthroscopic (keyhole) treatment
    Triangular fibrocartilage (TFCC) pathology including keyhole surgery 
    Dupuytren's Disease, including recent advances in injection techniques
    Hand and wrist injuries, including fractures, tendons and post-traumatic reconstruction

    Research interests:

    Base of thumb arthritis
    Carpal tunnel syndrome
    Innovative hand surgery techniques
    Wrist arthroscopy (keyhole surgery)
    Motion preserving wrist surgery, in collaboration with Anatomy Department, University of Edinburgh

    I was awarded an MD (Doctor of Medicine) from University College, London, for my thesis on the tissue engineering of bone and application in healing defects, on which I was invited to talk internationally. I have won prizes in UK and abroad for this research and been awarded research grants in both UK and Australia. I have published over 27 research publications. I am an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh.

    Current NHS and /or university posts:

    Consultant Hand and Wrist Surgeon, St John’s Hospital and Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

    Year of first medical qualification:
    Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

    Royal College of Surgeons of England
    British Society for Surgery of the Hand
    British Medical Association

    Contact Details 
    Telephone number to make a private appointment:
    0131 316 2530
    Personal email address:
    Wednesday evenings
    Background Information 
    Professional profile:

    I specialised in hand and wrist surgery early in my career, struck by the intricacy of the anatomy and the importance of the function to my patients’ daily lives. I am now a highly qualified hand and wrist surgeon, performing all related Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery.

    I trained in London as an Orthopaedic surgeon, specialising in hand and wrist surgery, and then completed a Plastic hand surgery fellowship at the Windsor Hand Clinic, Berkshire. At this time I was also one of the first to be awarded the Diploma of Hand Surgery by the British Society for Surgery of the Hand. I then headed to Australia and completed fellowships in Plastic microsurgery for the hand (Bernard O’Brien Institute, Melbourne) and in upper limb complex trauma and reconstruction (Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane).

    In Australia I also gained expertise in surgical advances which reduce recovery time, including wrist arthroscopy. I am one of a few surgeons in Scotland performing this keyhole surgery.

    Since 2010 I have worked as a consultant in Edinburgh, at the Plastic Surgery unit of St John’s Hospital, Livingston, and the Orthopaedic unit at the Royal Infirmary, where my practice consists wholly of hand and wrist surgery.

    Personal profile:

    I live in Edinburgh with my husband and our young son. We enjoy getting into the outdoors, especially hill-walking. My other interests include gardening, swimming and the theatre. I am also an enthusiastic member of a regular bookclub.

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    Miss Philippa Rust

    Miss Philippa Rust Plastic Surgery, Orthopaedic surgery & Hand and Wrist Surgery Consultant, Edinburgh, private hospital specialist.

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