Mr Ali Al-Sabti has performed his 1,000th shoulder operation at Spire Hartswood Hospital in Brentwood.
Mr Al-Sabti has been a consultant orthopaedic surgeon since 1995 working within the NHS, at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, and within his private practice in Essex.
He developed a special interest in arthroscopic surgery at an early stage in his career. As a result of his involvement in sport injuries he became interested in shoulder surgery in athletes, subsequently expanding into arthroscopic shoulder surgery.
At this time, arthroscopic surgery was a fairly new procedure and Mr Al-Sabti was fortunate enough to be at a stage in his career where he could develop this further.
Arthroscopic surgery has several advantages over open procedures - the field of vision is magnified by about 20 times and thus more detail is available to the surgeon.
Shoulder problems continue to be Mr Al-Sabti's main interest and he keeps up to date with the most recent developments in the field, attending courses across America and Europe. A number of his patients have travelled from as far as Gibraltar and Greece for surgery.