Mr Ben Rudge
Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon
MBBS, FRCS (Orth)
I was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon to West Hertfordshire NHS in 2012. I specialise in Foot and Ankle surgery in both adults and children. Alongside this I am part of the Orthopaedic trauma on-call team looking after patients with injuries related to all aspects of general trauma, not limited to the foot and ankle.
I trained at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the Royal London Hospital before completing Advanced Fellowship Training in Foot and Ankle Surgery. I also trained in minimally invasive surgery and uses these techniques whenever appropriate. he works alongside Orthotics and Physiotherapists to offer a multidisciplinary approach to the conservative treatment of foot and ankle conditions.
I treat all aspects of foot and ankle problems in adults and children, this includes; sport injuries, arthiritis, bunions, flat feet, hammer toes and tendinopathies. I have a particular interest in the treatment of Heel pain (plantar fasciitis and achilles problems) and uses minimally invasive surgical techniques when possible.
In addition to my surgical responsibilities, I am a college tutor for surgery at West Herts NHS Trust. This is a joint appointment by the Trust and Royal College of Surgeons responsible for ensuring standards for higher training are met. I sit on the Divisional Governance committee responsible for ensuring safe surgical practice and is also the designated Paediatric Liaison Surgeon within the Orthopaedic Department.
I regularly deliver lectures in Orthopaedics on course locally and nationally, including the orthopaedic master courses run at both the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital and the University of Dundee.
I am also a reviewer for 'The Foot'; the medical journal endorsed by the British Foot and Ankle Society.
Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Ben Rudge at Spire include:
I treat all aspects of foot and ankle pathology including, but not limited to, the following: Forefoot problems including Hallux Valgus, Hallux rigidus, hammer toes etc. Minimally invasive surgery where appropriate. Heel pain - plantar fasciitis and Achilles teninopathy. Flat feet in adults and children Sports injuries – ankle arthroscopy and lateral ligament surgery. Arthritis of the foot and ankle. Complex lower limb trauma and general orthopaedic trauma.
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
In my spare time I relax with my family and, as a previous music scholar and a classically trained musician, I am an avid builder and collector of guitars. I continue to support Rugby and Cricket but my playing days are over.