Mr Andrew Irwin’s undergraduate medical training was in South Africa followed by 10 years of postgraduate orthopaedic training in Bristol, Scotland (Royal Hospitals, Aberdeen), The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore and the RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire. Mr Irwin completed a Trauma Fellowship in Toronto, Canada prior to commencing his current post at West Herts NHS Trust in 1997.
His main clinical interests are in arthroscopy (keyhole surgery) of the upper limb joints. The most common conditions he treats include frozen shoulder, shoulder instability (dislocations), rotator cuff tears, impingement and acromio-clavicular joint arthritis/degeneration.
Mr Irwin also performs joint replacement for shoulder and elbow arthritis including joint resurfacing and total joint replacement including both standard and reverse polarity arthroplasties.
Throughout his life Mr Irwin has loved playing and watching sport and he understands the frustrations felt by sports people when injury affects their ability to take part in their sport.
Another large part of his practice is advising patients as they get older with aching joints and may require joint replacement.
Within his NHS role he is responsible for training higher surgical trainees and he is a Member of the North West Thames Training Rotation Committee.