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Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon - Hip & Knee

Mr Tom Pollard

Schoen Clinic Orthopaedic and Spinal Hospital London

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon - Hip & Knee

ABOUT

Mr Tom Pollard is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in hip and knee conditions, with appointments available in London at Schoen Clinic Orthopaedic & Spinal Hospital.

He is a highly accomplished surgeon performing over 300 hip and knee arthroscopies and over 250 joint replacements each year, and has a keen interest in young adult hip conditions. He is one of the UK’s most experienced surgeons and uses the latest technology to achieve the best possible outcome for patients. Peers, both locally and nationally, regularly refer to him for hip arthroscopy. Mr Pollard is a world-renowned Specialist in young adult hip problems and his groundbreaking research has been recognised on a global scale after he received two of the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy's first three annual awards in New York and Paris. He has expanded the understanding of how hips fail in young adults and how they should be studied and treated by authoring many of the most important articles in the field of young adult hip surgery.

Mr Pollard is very passionate about his patients' return to sport and encourages them to remain active after surgery, championing our Rapid Recovery Programme. Many of his arthroplasty (joint replacement) patients return to sports like running, racquet sports, and skiing after surgery.

Mr Pollard graduated in medicine from the University of Bristol. At the University of Oxford, he earned his medical doctorate (MD) by writing a thesis on the causes, investigation, and treatment of early hip osteoarthritis and later held the distinguished position of Clinical Lecturer in Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery. He gained his Fellowship at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, where he joined the trust as a permanent Consultant in 2012 and started in private practice.

Mr Pollard has received a level 2 Clinical Excellence award in recognition of his service to the NHS. He was appointed Clinical Director of the Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in February 2017. During the Covid epidemic, he successfully led a department of 21 orthopaedic surgeons to be one of the first in the UK to begin elective surgery, and the approach he established to do so safely was published for other hospitals to follow.

He is an extremely popular lecturer and teacher on hip arthroscopy courses in the UK and internationally. He trains Fellows in hip arthroscopy as part of a Smith & Nephew-sponsored fellowship programme based at the Royal Berkshire Hospital. He allows consultant surgeons to check his hip arthroscopy skills in person by participating in a visiting surgeon programme.

NHS Base: Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading

Consultant website:  readingorthopaediccentre.com

Languages spoken: English, some French

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AREAS OF EXPERTISE

  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Young adult hip conditions
  • Labral tears and degeneration
  • Hip arthritis
  • Hip replacement surgery
  • Hip revision surgery
  • Knee replacement surgery
  • Knee revision surgery
  • Knee arthroscopy
  • Meniscal tears