Mr Michael Thomas

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

Practising at

Spire Thames Valley Hospital

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Treatment information

Some of the principal treatments carried out by Mr Michael Thomas at Spire include:


Other treatments

  • Elbow arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Rotator cuff/impingement
  • Shoulder arthritis
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Shoulder and elbow injury/fracture
  • Sports injury
  • Tennis elbow
  • Upper limb surgery

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Professional profile

I qualified MB BS from Kings College Hospital, London in 1980. Subsequently I obtained the FRCS (Edinburgh) in l984, FRCS (England) in 1986 and FRCS (Orth) in 1993. After completing general surgical training in 1984 I embarked on specialist orthopaedic training initially in the University of Cape Town, South Africa returning to England in 1986. I then completed Registrar and Senior Registrar rotations at Charing Cross and St Marys hospitals in London which involved Senior Registrar posts in shoulder surgery at Reading and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Stanmore.

I was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon to Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals Berkshire in 1994 with an interest in shoulder and elbow surgery. As the first consultant to be appointed with this interest in East Berkshire, I then established and developed this service both within the NHS and the private sector, working with specialist anaesthetists (performing specialised regional nerve blockade for post operative pain relief) and physiotherapists (specialising in this area to give the best post operative rehabilitation). Working in both sectors also allows me to direct the patients’ treatment to the most appropriate facility within this district for their condition.

My practice now consists 90% of shoulder and elbow surgery, both elective and trauma, and this involves both arthroscopic (keyhole surgery) and open procedures such as joint replacement. I have published articles on shoulder and elbow arthroplasty in both adult and in juvenile rheumatoid (idiopathic) arthritis, the latter being one of only two on this subject in the world.

I have also published results of surface replacement arthroplasty of the shoulder and have carried out in excess of 300 such replacements since 1998 as well as being involved in the teaching of this technique to many surgeons throughout the world. I have been invited to lecture on shoulder and elbow surgery in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, India, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, USA and extensively within the UK and am invited regularly as a visiting surgeon to a hospital in Cairo, Egypt.

Elected as a member of the council of the British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS) from 2008 to 2010, and then further elected to my current position of Treasurer of that society. I have also been a member of its Research Committee since 2008. I was also appointed secretary of the Rheumatoid Arthritis Surgical Society (RASS) in 2008. A member of both the European Shoulder and elbow society (SECEC) and the European Rheumatism and Arthritis Surgical Society (ERASS). And also a reviewer of articles for two leading international shoulder and elbow journals (Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and Shoulder and Elbow).

Clinical Interests

Elbow surgery
Shoulder surgery
Sports injury
Upper limb surgery

Private contact details

Telephone 01753 620810
Private secretary Diane Goddard
Private secretary fax 01753 850128
Private secretary email
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Qualification and professional memberships

MBBS / Kings College Hospital, London / 1980
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery

Professional memberships

British Orthopaedic Association (BOA)
British Elbow and Shoulder Society (BESS)
European Shoulder and Elbow Society (SECEC)
Rheumatoid Arthritis Surgical Society (RASS)
European Rheumatism Arthritis Surgical Society (ERASS)
Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (FRCS Ed)
Royal College of Surgeons of England (FRCS)

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Current NHS posts

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

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