Miss Tressa Amirthanayagam

Miss Tressa Amirthanayagam

Orthopaedic Consultant - Upper Limb


Specialises in

  • Should arthroscopy, rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder stabilisation surgery
  • Shoulder replacement surgery
  • Ganglion removal
  • Carpal tunnel and tennis elbow surgery

Also available for:

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I am a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with a special interest in shoulder, elbow and upper limb conditions. My main surgical interests include advances in the arthroscopic (keyhole) treatment for rotator cuff injuries and dislocations of the shoulder as well as joint replacement for shoulder arthritis. I was appointed as a Wellcome Trust Fellow in 2013 and undertook research on rotator cuff sparing approaches for total shoulder replacement. I was also involved in the development of a new total shoulder replacement with the Biomechanical Engineering Department at Imperial College. My work has been published and presented internationally.

Having qualified from Cambridge University and Imperial College London, I completed my specialist orthopaedic training on the North-West Thames rotation in London. This gave me the opportunity to work with many world renowned upper limb surgeons. Prior to becoming a consultant I underwent a one year advanced UK training fellowship in shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand surgery at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry.

I am on the GMC specialist register for orthopaedic surgery and a member of the British Shoulder and Elbow Society (BESS). I am a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust and the clinical lead for upper limb.

In my NHS role, I am involved in the training of higher surgical trainees. I teach on a number of orthopaedic and trauma courses nationally and am an AO Faculty member. I enjoy teaching and explaining complex principles simply and transfer these skills to help ensure patients have sufficient knowledge and understanding to make informed decisions about their treatment.


General Medical Council Number: 6076282

Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Miss Tressa Amirthanayagam at Spire include:

Orthopaedics - elbow and shoulder

Other treatments

  • Frozen shoulder treatment
  • Tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Ulnar nerve surgery
  • Upper limb sports injuries and upper limb fractures

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Additional information

Orthopaedic surgery

FRCS / England / 2013
Royal College of Surgeons

MA (Cantab) / University of Cambridge / 2004

MBBS (Hons) / Imperial College / 2003
University of London

Professional memberships

Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons

British Elbow and Shoulder Society

British Medical Association

General Medical Council

AO Trauma

Professional leadership

Clinical Lead for Upper Limb, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Enhanced Recovery Lead, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Rotator cuff–sparing approaches for glenohumeral joint access: an anatomic feasibility study
Tressa Amirthanayagam, Andrew A. Amis, Peter Reilly, Roger J. H. Emery
J Shoulder Elbow Surg (2017) Volume 26, Issue 3 , 512 – 520

Osteoarticular tuberculosis: The great mimicker still catches us out —a case report
Alex Magnussen, Tressa Amirthanayagam, Rajesh Sofat.
Acta Orthop. (2016) Feb; 87(1): 83–84

Primum non nocere: risk assessment for new surgical procedures
Tressa D. Amirthanayagam, Roger J.H. Emery
J Shoulder Elbow Surg (2014) 23, 1417-1418

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with a specialist interest in Upper Limb, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust: Watford General Hospital, St Albans City Hospital and Hemel Hempstead Hospital

I enjoy spending time with my family and learning new things. I enjoy travelling, photography and have recently taken up silversmithing.

Website http://www.tressaamir.com/
Private secretary Nusrath Ahmed
Private secretary telephone 07889 536 401
Private secretary email nusrath.ahmed@spirehealthcare.com