Meet the consultant: Mr Marcellino Maheson, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

13 October 2017

At Spire Cardiff Hospital we’d like you to get to know a bit more about our specialist consultants, therefore every few weeks we will be asking them some questions about their speciality and their hobbies and interests.

What is your speciality?

I’m a specialist hip surgeon in Cardiff with an exclusively clinical interest in hip problems in adults. Alongside my private work here at Spire Cardiff Hospital I am a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the University Hospital of Wales.

How long have you worked as a consultant?

I’ve been a consultant for over 25 years!

What led to you work in your speciality?

I’ve always been that person who loved a challenge and never shy away from them. During my training the challenge was how to deal with patients who had arthritic hips and treating hips when they go wrong. The hip joint was the least developed joint in terms of research when I was training, so that’s where I placed my focus. I wanted to make a difference.

This meant that I have been part of the development of hip surgery in the UK, producing new techniques and training others in these techniques.

If you go back 25 years ago, patients were lying on their back during surgery, had massive incisions through the muscles with basic equipment and were left with a huge recovery time. Now the procedures are much more developed and ultimately patients have a much shorter recovery time.

Where did you undertake your training?

I started my training in Sheffield Medical School, followed by time in Nottingham’s Queen Medical Centre, before ending up in Cardiff.

I’ve also spent some time undertaking specialist hip training in Texas, Toronto and Germany.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

To see my patients better. If I could be a fly on the wall in a waiting room and hear that my patients are happy then I have achieved what I had hoped.

What would you have been if you weren’t in your current job?

There are a few people that know I used to play the bassoon to a high level, so I would have to say I would have been a musician. I was the Principal Bassoonist for Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra and other semi- professional orchestras in the north of England whilst studying Medicine and used this to help fund my university fees.

What’s an unusual fact about you that most people don’t know?

That I have operated and lectured in every continent except Africa and South America.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Until I took my O-Levels I wanted to be a musician, however the older I got the more I realised I wanted to be a problem solver. I have a practical nature and an interest in medicine – I then knew I wanted to be a surgeon.

What three things are on your bucket list?

  1. To spend more time with the people that matter.
  2. To spend more time doing charity work. My wife and I currently work with the NSPCC, Alzheimer’s Society and Velindre.
  3. I would really like to visit where I was born, Sri Lanka.

What’s your ideal holiday destination?

I’m a huge fan of adventure holidays, so anywhere I could be active, no sitting around the pool for me! If I had to pick one destination it would be Antarctica and experience seeing the wildlife there.

If you could work in another department in the hospital for a day which would you pick and why?

I think I would have to say Interventional Radiology because they can do amazing things with remote access and such small incisions all of which greatly benefit patients.

What’s the most interesting piece of research you’ve written and why?

My favourite piece of research written was the topic that won the Laing Buisson Award in 2015. The research was all about our work on the “Direct Anterior Approach Hip Replacement” and how this is part of an enhanced recovery approach at Spire Cardiff Hospital. Everyone had said it couldn’t be done, so I naturally asked why and broke down the problem to study if it could be done. The project was a team effort with physiotherapy nursing and theatre staff.

We proved it could be done.


If you would like to make an appointment with Mr Maheson please contact our team on 029 2054 2509 or complete an enquiry form.

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