Miss Julie McBirnie

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon


Specialises in

  • Shoulder surgery
  • Tennis elbow release
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Knee arthroscopy

I am a fellowship-trained shoulder and knee surgeon (Fellowship in Toronto, 1998-1999). Over the last 15 years as an Orthopaedic Consultant, I have developed expertise in shoulder arthroscopy and complex shoulder reconstruction. I perform regular total shoulder replacements and reverse geometry shoulder replacements for osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, rotator cuff arthropathy and post trauma.

I have a special interest in shoulder instability and injury in contact and professional sportsmen and women. I also have an interest in rotator cuff disease, management and prevention. I lecture regularly, nationally and internationally, on these subjects and also perform live surgery in order to demonstrate complex shoulder arthroscopy techniques.

I run bi-annual teaching courses in the UK with a group of experienced shoulder surgeons (The Watanabe Club). These courses aim to train senior orthopaedic trainees and junior consultants in the techniques of shoulder arthroscopy.


General Medical Council Number: C3401532

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Miss Julie McBirnie at Spire include:

Other treatments

  • Principal operations
  • Arthroscopic shoulder stabilization and open Latarjet procedures
  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
  • All other arthroscopic shoulder interventions (including superior capsule reconstruction and Orthospace Balloon procedures)
  • Primary and revision shoulder arthroplasty
  • Reverse shoulder arthroplasty
  • Tennis elbow release
  • Carpal tunnel release

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Additional information

Orthopaedic surgery
Knee surgery
Shoulder surgery
Sports injury
Soft tissue injuries

Shoulder arthroscopy. Arthroscopic reconstruction for rotator cuff repairs; instability etc. Knee arthroscopy. Cartilage grafting.

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

The International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

British Elbow and Shoulder Society

European Society of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

Shoulder injuries in the contact sportsman.

Rotator cuff tears and effect on surgical outcomes (National study).

Short stem total shoulder replacement surgery (European study).

Effectiveness of arthroscopic acromioplasty (National study).

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Lothian University Hospitals NHS Trust, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

My outside interests include sprint triathlon, cycling and distance swimming.

Telephone 0131 334 0363
Private secretary 0131 446 3048
Private secretary fax 0131 447 5778
Private secretary email enquiries@edinburghorthopaedics.com