Mr Roger Hackney

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon


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I am a consultant orthopaedic surgeon specialising in upper limb surgery and sports surgery. I trained in orthopaedics in the Royal Air Force and the National Health Service with higher training posts in the Royal London Hospital and Nottingham, where I was shoulder fellow to Professor Wallace. As a consultant I served a further five years in the RAF at Halton and RN Haslar hospitals. I had experience of military surgery in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo. On leaving the RAF I was appointed to the Leeds Teaching Hospitals as an upper limb surgeon in 1999. 

I developed my upper limb subspecialty and research interests and in particular arthroscopic surgery and rotator cuff disease, together with joint replacement. I undertake most surgical procedures arthroscopically. I was an early researcher into the causes of groin pain in sports and continue that interest. As an ex international runner I maintain an interest in running and overuse injuries.

My weekly timetable includes one private operating list a week plus some weekends and three in the NHS. This translates to nearly 600 procedures a year.

I am a consultant to XIROS/Neoligaments and I am a member of the Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit.

My background is as a fellowship trained upper limb surgeon and as a sports trauma surgeon. I have lectured and written widely on shoulder instability and rotator cuff disease. In particular I have developed a special interest in the management of large and massive tears of the rotator cuff. I have developed a patch used to augment these tears which are a particular challenge when striving to return a patient to normal shoulder function. I have been conducting a trial into uses of the patch - the results are extremely encouraging. I have been managing groin pain in sportsmen and women for nearly 30 years. I wrote one of the original papers on this topic in 1993 and coined the term sports hernia. I have lectured and taught in this field across five continents.


Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Roger Hackney at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • AC joint pain
  • Conservative and operative management of shoulder elbow and sports injuries
  • Elbow surgery
  • Impingement and bursitis surgery
  • Shoulder stabilisation
  • Surgery for groin pain
  • Treatment for running injuries

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Additional information

Elbow surgery
Shoulder surgery
Sports injury
Sports medicine
Upper limb surgery

Diploma in Sports Medicine / UK / 1987
Diploma in Sports Medicine

FRCS (Orth) / UK / 1995
Specialty Surgical Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons

FFSEM / UK / 2006
Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine

Professional memberships

British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma and Arthroscopy Association

British Elbow and Shoulder Society

British Medical Association

Professional leadership

Past secretary, academic secretary, president and past president of BOSTAA
Past secretary of British Orthopaedic Directors Society (BODS)
Past member research committee (BESS)
Past clinical director Chapel Allerton orthopaedic centre
Chairman organising committee World Sport Trauma Congress 2012

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Leeds General Infirmary

Honorary senior lecturer, University of Leeds

I am an ex-Olympic runner and competed in the 1980, 1984 and 1988 games. I won a Commonwealth silver medal in the 3000m Steeplechase in 1986.

My athletic career led to a professional interest in sports medicine. I was the first orthopaedic surgeon in the UK to gain a diploma in sports medicine. I helped develop UK sports medicine with a variety of roles in the British Association of Sports and Exercise medicine and the British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma Association.

I continue to exercise most days cycling, running and in the gym. My wife Heidi is a consultant anaesthetist who specialises in regional anaesthesia, so some patients have both Mr and Dr Hackney caring for them during surgery.

I have three adult girls, two of whom have gone into medicine, and one who works for Sky Sports. I have a five-year-old son who loves running, riding his bike and keeping daddy busy. I enjoy gardening, growing flowers, fruit and vegetables, natural history and the countryside.