Miss Philippa Rust

Miss Philippa Rust

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
MBBS, FRCS (Tr&Orth), MD, DipHandSurg

Practising at

Spire Edinburgh Hospitals Murrayfield and Shawfair Park

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Miss Philippa Rust at Spire include:


Other treatments

Hand and Wrist Surgery

Orthopaedic surgery

  • Arthroscopy
  • Hand Surgery
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Sports injury
  • Wrist surgery

Plastic Surgery

  • Hand Surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Soft tissue injuries

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Professional profile

Availability - Murrayfield: Wednesday 6pm-8pm.

I specialised in hand and wrist surgery early in my career, struck by the intricacy of the anatomy and the importance of the function to my patients daily lives. I am now a highly qualified hand and wrist surgeon, performing all related Orthopaedic and Plastic Surgery.

I trained in London as an Orthopaedic surgeon, specialising in hand and wrist surgery, and then completed a Plastic hand surgery fellowship at the Windsor Hand Clinic, Berkshire. At this time I was also one of the first to be awarded the Diploma of Hand Surgery by the British Society for Surgery of the Hand. I then headed to Australia and completed fellowships in Plastic microsurgery for the hand (Bernard Brien Institute, Melbourne) and in upper limb complex trauma and reconstruction (Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane).

In Australia I also gained expertise in surgical advances which reduce recovery time, including wrist arthroscopy. I am one of a few surgeons in Scotland performing this keyhole surgery.

Since 2010 I have worked as a consultant in Edinburgh, at the Plastic Surgery unit of St Johns Hospital, Livingston, and the Orthopaedic unit at the Royal Infirmary, where my practice consists wholly of hand and wrist surgery.

Clinical Interests

Orthopaedic surgery
Hand surgery
Soft tissue injuries
Sports injury
Wrist surgery
Plastic surgery
Hand surgery
Reconstructive surgery
Soft tissue injuries

Carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger fingers and ganglion surgery. Arthritis, osteoarthritis and inflammatory of wrist and hand. Wrist pain, including arthroscopic (keyhole) treatment. Triangular fibrocartilage (TFCC) pathology including keyhole surgery. Dupuytren's Disease, including recent advances in injection techniques. Hand and wrist injuries, including fractures, tendons and post-traumatic reconstruction.

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Qualification and professional memberships

Professional memberships

Royal College of Surgeons of England
British Society for Surgery of the Hand
British Medical Association

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Hand and Wrist Surgeon, St John's Hospital and Edinburgh Royal Infirmary

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Personal Profile

I live in Edinburgh with my husband and our young son. We enjoy getting into the outdoors, especially hill-walking. My other interests include gardening, swimming and the theatre. I am also an enthusiastic member of a regular book club.

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Private contact details

Telephone 0131 334 0363