Mr Andrew Irwin

Mr Andrew Irwin

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
MB BCh, FRCS Ed (Orth)

Specialises in

  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Stabilisation and replacement surgery
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Tennis elbow
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Practising at

Clinic times:
Tuesday (alternate): 2pm - 8pm
Thursday (alternate): 2pm - 5.30pm
Friday: 2pm - 5.30pm

An initial consultation with Mr Andrew Irwin is from £200.

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Andrew Irwin at Spire include:

Other treatments

  • Sports injuries of the shoulder and elbow
  • Manipulation of joints
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Shoulder subacromial decompression
  • Shoulder stabilisation
  • Shoulder heme-arthroplasty
  • Elbow replacement
  • Treatment of tennis and golfer's elbow
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Professional profile

My main clinical interests are in arthroscopy (keyhole surgery) of the shoulder and elbow. The most common conditions I treat include shoulder instability (dislocations), frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tears, impingement and acromioclavicular joint arthritis/degeneration and all sports injuries of the shoulder and elbow. I perform joint replacement for shoulder and elbow arthritis including joint resurfacing and total joint replacement including both standard and reverse polarity arthroplasties (“the reverse shoulder replacement”).

My undergraduate medical training was in South Africa, followed by 10 years of postgraduate orthopaedic training in Bristol, Aberdeen, Stanmore and Oswestry. I completed a shoulder fellowship in Toronto, Canada prior to becoming a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at West Herts NHS Trust in 1997, a post I held for over 20 years.

Throughout my life I have loved playing and watching sport and I understand the frustrations felt by sports people when injury affects their ability to take part in their sport.

Another large part of my practice is advising patients as they get older with aching joints that may require joint replacement. Within my NHS role I am responsible for training higher surgical trainees and I am a member of the North West Thames Training Rotation Committee.

My practice is divided between advising patients as they get older with aching joints and advising younger people with joint injuries and pain, often from sport or their weekend hobbies such as skiing, tennis, weightlifting, cycling.

Within my NHS role I was responsible for training higher surgical trainees and I was a member of the North West Thames Training Rotation Committee. I regularly attend specialty conferences (several times a year) relating to upper limb surgery which keeps me up to date.

General Medical Council Number: C3161401

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Additional information

Clinical interests

Elbow surgery
Shoulder surgery

Special Clinical Interests: Diagnosis and investigation of shoulder, elbow and wrist pain, arthroscopic (keyhole) shoulder surgery for shoulder impingement, rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability (dislocation), frozen shoulder and sports related injuries of the upper limb. Shoulder and elbow pain, shoulder and elbow stiffness, hand and wrist pain and lumps and bumps.

Qualification and professional memberships

MB BCh / Witwatersrand University, South Africa / 1984
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, (FRCS Ed)

FRCS Ed (Orth) / Royal College of Surgeons London / 1996
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Orthopaedics

CCST / UK / 1997
Certificate of Completion of UK specialist training

Professional memberships

Fellow of Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
Member of British Orthopaedic Association
Member of British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS)

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Personal profile

I enjoy playing golf and this year I am captain of a small golf society.  I love working in the garden and walking my wonderful young dog. I have started walking the National Trails when time allows and getting out occasionally on my mountain bike.   I really enjoy spending time with my family. 

Contact information

Telephone 0800 585 112
Private secretary Mrs Val Holland
Private secretary telephone 01727 865 057
Private secretary email
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