Mr Andrew Irwin

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MB BCh, FRCS Ed (Orth)

Specialises in

  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Stabilisation and replacement surgery
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Tennis elbow

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My main clinical interests are in arthroscopy (keyhole surgery) of the shoulder and elbow. The most common conditions I treat include shoulder instability (dislocations), frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tears, impingement and acromioclavicular joint arthritis/degeneration and all sports injuries of the shoulder and elbow. I perform joint replacement for shoulder and elbow arthritis including joint resurfacing and total joint replacement including both standard and reverse polarity arthroplasties (“the reverse shoulder replacement”).

My undergraduate medical training was in South Africa, followed by 10 years of postgraduate orthopaedic training in Bristol, Aberdeen, Stanmore and Oswestry. I completed a shoulder fellowship in Toronto, Canada prior to becoming a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at West Herts NHS Trust in 1997, a post I held for over 20 years.

Throughout my life I have loved playing and watching sport and I understand the frustrations felt by sports people when injury affects their ability to take part in their sport.

Another large part of my practice is advising patients as they get older with aching joints that may require joint replacement. Within my NHS role I am responsible for training higher surgical trainees and I am a member of the North West Thames Training Rotation Committee.

My practice is divided between advising patients as they get older with aching joints and advising younger people with joint injuries and pain, often from sport or their weekend hobbies such as skiing, tennis, weightlifting and cycling.

Within my NHS role I was responsible for training higher surgical trainees and I was a member of the North West Thames Training Rotation Committee. I regularly attend specialty conferences (several times a year) relating to upper limb surgery which keeps me up to date.


General Medical Council Number: C3161401

Treatment information

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Additional information

Elbow surgery
Shoulder surgery

Special clinical interests: Diagnosis and investigation of shoulder, elbow and wrist pain, arthroscopic (keyhole) shoulder surgery for shoulder impingement, rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability (dislocation), frozen shoulder and sports related injuries of the upper limb. Shoulder and elbow pain, shoulder and elbow stiffness, hand and wrist pain and lumps and bumps.

MB BCh / Witwatersrand University, South Africa / 1984
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, (FRCS Ed)

FRCS Ed (Orth) / Royal College of Surgeons London / 1996
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Orthopaedics

CCST / UK / 1997
Certificate of Completion of UK specialist training

Professional memberships

Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Member of British Orthopaedic Association

Member of British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS)

Telephone 0800 585 112
Private secretary Mrs Val Holland
Private secretary telephone 07858 644 862
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