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Mr Samuel J Parsons - Orthopaedic Surgeon

Year qualified

Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon, based at the West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust.

MBBS, Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, awarded by St Georges Hospital Medical School, University of London, 1997.

MRCS, Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, 2000.

FRCS (Trauma and Orthopaedics), Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. November 2007.

Certificate of Completion of Training in Trauma and Orthopaedics, awarded by Post Graduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB), April 2009.

General Medical Council Registration, full registration as a Medical Practitioner with Specialist Registration, since April 2009.

Professional memberships

  • British Medical Association
  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • British Hip Society
  • Royal College of surgeons of Edinburgh
  • Specialist in

  • Primary and revision hip and knee replacement, including cemented and uncemented joint replacement
  • Resurfacing hip replacement in appropriate age groups
  • Arthroscopic knee surgery
  • Background

    I trained in London at St Georges Hospital Medical School. After qualification I moved to Yorkshire working as a junior doctor in York and Leeds.

    My basic surgery training involved posts in Plastic Surgery, Neurosurgery, General and Ear, Nose and Throat surgery, as well as Trauma and Orthopaedics.

    I became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1999. I then spent a year performing research in The Royal Preston Hospital, looking at methods to reduce the need for blood transfusion after joint replacement surgery.

    After my research year I entered higher surgery training on the Stoke-on-Trent and Oswestry Orthopaedic training programme, part of the West Midlands Deanery.

    My training posts rotated through numerous different hospitals, and I trained in many differing disciplines within orthopaedics, Children's, Hands, feet, shoulders, spines, hip and knee surgery, as well as extensive training in general trauma management.

    I developed an interest in joint replacement surgery whilst a trainee and as such the latter years of my training focused on this. I obtained the Fellowship specialist exam FRCS (Trauma and Orthopaedics), and spent the final year of my training concentrating on joint replacement.

    Once I had obtained my Certificate of Completion Of Specialist Training, I undertook a fellowship (a further period of intensive specialist training) in hip and knee joint replacement. This was in the World famous Centre For Hip Surgery, in Wrightington, in Lancashire.

    Here under the guidance of John Hodgkinson, and the many other gifted surgeons, I gained more experience in the management of joint replacement, covering all aspects of primary and revision surgery. Newer and more contempary techniques in joint replacement, including less invasive techniques, bone preservation and bone conserving surgery. The use of novel materials and bearing surfaces, to hopefully build upon and improve the excellent results achieved with conventional hip and knee replacement.

    After my fellowship I stayed in Wrightington, as a Locum Consultant, until the opportunity arose to come to the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

    My current practice is focused on hip and knee joint replacement, both first time operations, known as primary joint replacement and revision surgery which involves re-operating on failed or failing joint replacements.

    In addition to this I also have a trauma practice covering emergency trauma surgery, with a specialist interest in the management of fragility fractures in the elderly and periprosthetic fractures (fractures around joint replacements).

    I also undertake general orthopaedic surgery such as arthroscopic knee surgery (keyhole type) for sporting injuries such as menisceal tears, but LIGAMENT SURGERY surgery I now refer these patients onto my colleague Mr. Andrew Dunn, himself a specialist surgeon in soft tissue knee surgery.

    Outside of my clinical commitments I have a great interest in teaching and training, I am an educational supervisor to junior doctors and trainer for registrars. I teach on the Exeter Hip replacement course, the Orthoteers revision course. I have been an assessor for the UKITE exam for Orthopaedic trainees, and continue to teach trainees in preparation for the specialist exit exam the FRCS (Trauma and Orthopaedics).

    Whilst not working I am married with two small boys, in my spare time I enjoy Mountain Biking and Running, having completed the Great North Run and the London Marathon. I hope to complete the Loch Ness Marathon soon