Mr James Hopkinson-Woolley

Mr James Hopkinson-Woolley

Consultant Hand and Wrist Specialist

MBBS, MSc, FRCS(Orth), European Diploma in Hand Surgery

Specialises in

I have been a Consultant Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon since November 2000 and my NHS practice is at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. I studied medicine at St Thomas' Hospital, London, undertook a year of research in Oxford and had general surgical training in Oxford and Gloucester, plastic surgery training back at St Thomas' Hospital and then higher specialist training in orthopaedic surgery based at Addenbrooke's Hospital. At Oxford I was a member of Trinity College and undertook research into limb development and wound healing, being awarded an MSc by research. I later undertook a fellowship in hand surgery in Oxford and was awarded the European Diploma in Hand Surgery in Amsterdam in 2002. This is a qualification held by a relatively small number of hand surgeons in the UK and Europe.

I have an interest in all hand and wrist conditions. Specific, common examples, include: Dupuytren's disease, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Cubital tunnel syndrome, Arthritis in the hand and wrist, Tendon problems (such as 'trigger finger' and 'de Quervain's disease'), 'Lumps and bumps' such as ganglion cysts and other swellings, Non-specific hand or wrist pain/ 'RSI', Fractures of the hand and wrist.

For surgical prcedures I only operate on hand and wrist conditions, except for ulnar nerve surgery at the elbow. The procedures that I perform most commonly are: carpal tunnel release, tendon sheath injection, release of constriction of tendon sheath (eg trigger finger), excision of ganglion, excision of trapezium (for thumb base arthritis), and Dupuytren's surgery.

I have held the post of Clinical Director of the Orthopaedic Department at Addenbrooke's Hospital and I have been Chief Medical Adviser to British Ski and Snowboard.

I am on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Hand Surgery (European volume).

I lecture on courses in hand surgery and teach students and trainee specialists.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr James Hopkinson-Woolley at Spire include:


Other treatments

Other conditions that I treat include hand, wrist and scaphoid fracture surgery; ulnar nerve compression (cubital tunnel syndrome); de Quervain's disease; arthritis of the hand and wrist; lumps and bumps in the fingers, hand and wrist; Dupuytren's disease and others. I also assess and advise on treatment for 'RSI' ('Repetitive Strain Injury') and I do some assessments for medicolegal cases.

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Additional information

MBBS / University of London / 1989
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

MSc / University of Oxford / 1992
By research

FRCS / England / 1994
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

FRCS (TR & Orth) / Intercollegiate / 1998
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

European Diploma in Hand Surgery / Amsterdam / 2002

Consultant Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon, Addenbrooke's NHS Foundation Trust.

I live in Cambridge. Spare time is spent with my family and, in addition to my wife's and children's interests, I am a keen skier. I take part annually in an international amateur ski race and I am a member of the Kandahar Ski Club.

Telephone 01223 266990
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