Mr Hywel Dafydd

Consultant Plastic, Hand and Peripheral Nerve Surgeon

MB BChir, MA, MSc, FRCS(Plast)


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I specialise in hand surgery, peripheral nerve surgery and the management of trauma, including reconstructive plastic surgery following trauma and have been working as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon in the NHS since 2015.

I have performed over 4,000 operations. The most common problems that I see and treat include the generality of hand and wrist surgery, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger finger, Dupuytren’s contracture, basal thumb arthritis and ganglion cysts. I also manage traumatic injuries such as fractures, tendon injuries and nerve damage.

In 2014, to complement my plastic surgery training, I undertook senior fellowship training for a year in a busy orthopaedic hand surgery unit in Auckland, New Zealand. Due to my specific training in both plastic and orthopaedic surgery, I am able to bring the best of both specialties to treating my patients and am equally comfortable treating fractures and arthritis as I am nerve problems and scarring.

In 2012, I was one of only six international fellows selected to spend a year learning cutting-edge microsurgical reconstructive techniques under Professor Fu-Chan Wei and his colleagues at a world-renowned centre in Taiwan. Further subspecialist training was gained from a visiting fellowship to St Louis, Missouri USA, to learn advanced peripheral nerve surgery from another world expert, Professor Susan Mackinnon. As a result of my subspecialty training I often receive referrals from other hand surgeons regarding patients with ongoing pain and functional problems following injury or previous surgery.

I am the designated plastic surgeon for the Swansea Artificial Limb Centre and consequently perform all amputation stump revision procedures for their catchment population. This includes surgery for bony overgrowth, nerve pain problems, such as neuroma, and issues with soft tissue padding and scarring.

I am passionate about education and sit on the Plastic Surgery Specialty Training Committee for Wales. I am also a panelist for UK National Selection of future plastic surgery trainees and am an elected member of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand’s Education and Training Committee.

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Hywel Dafydd at Spire include:

Orthopaedics - hand and wrist

Other treatments

  • Amputation stump revision
  • Basal thumb arthritis surgery
  • Cubital tunnel syndrome surgery
  • Hand fractures
  • Nerve damage
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Tendon injuries

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Additional information

Hand surgery
Upper limb surgery
Reconstructive surgery
Soft tissue injuries
Wrist surgery

MB BChir / University of Cambridge / 2001
Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery
This is the basic medical degree, which I passed with Distinction in Surgery.

MA (Cantab) / University of Cambridge / 2004
Master of Arts
The Cambridge MA (Master of Arts) is a degree conferred by right on holders of a BA (Hons) a few years after graduation.

MSc / Swansea University / 2007
Master of Science
This is a post-graduate degree in Trauma Surgery, which I passed with Distinction.

FRCS (Plast) / Royal College of Surgeons of England / 2012
Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (Plastic Surgery)
This is awarded towards the end of a specialist training scheme after passing a rigorous exam. It indicates that my training, qualifications and competence meet the high standards demanded by the Royal College of Surgeons.


Professional memberships

General Medical Council

Royal College of Surgeons of England

British Society for Surgery of the Hand

British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons


Professional leadership

I am on the Education and Training Committee of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand

I authored ‘Key Notes on Plastic Surgery’, a 600-page textbook very popular with trainees as they approach their Consultant exams. In 2020 I was voted the Plastic Surgery Trainees’ Association’s Trainer of the Year for Wales.


Articles

Hand reanimation. Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine
March 2014

Media Coverage

Motorbike rider in shorts and flip flops badly injured
July 2018

Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery, Morriston Hospital, Swansea

Time away from work is family time. We love walking the Wales Coastal Path and cheering on our favourite football and rugby teams.