Miss Philippa Rust

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MBBS, FRCS (Tr&Orth), MD, DipHandSurg


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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 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 Johns Hospital, Livingston, and the Orthopaedic unit at the Royal Infirmary, where my practice consists wholly of hand and wrist surgery.

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Miss Philippa Rust at Spire include:

Other treatments

  • 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

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Additional information

Clinical interests

Arthroscopy
Hand surgery
Hand surgery
Orthopaedic surgery
Plastic surgery
Reconstructive surgery
Soft tissue injuries
Soft tissue injuries
Sports injury
Wrist surgery

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.

Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Royal College of Surgeons of England

British Society for Surgery of the Hand

British Medical Association

Research and publications

  • 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 posts

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

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 book club.

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