Mr Robert Farnell is the Senior Orthopaedic Hand and Wrist Consultant currently working at the Leeds General Infirmary. He specialises exclusively in the hand and wrist surgery and he has been a consultant since 2002. His hand expertise includes peripheral nerve entrapment (carpal tunnel syndrome & cubital tunnel syndrome), Dupuytren’s disease, tendon problems including trigger finger, arthritis, lumps and ganglions. He is a specialist wrist surgeon and an expert in the management of fractures of the distal radius, scaphoid bone and ligament injuries. He provides a tertiary referral service treating patients referred from other consultant surgeons around the region managing complex injuries and elective conditions including scaphoid non-union, wrist pain, wrist ligament reconstruction and revascularisation of Kienbock's disease.
Mr Farnell qualified at St George’s Hospital Medical School in London in 1990. His specialist orthopedic training was in Yorkshire where he was awarded the Fellowship in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery in 2001. He was also awarded clinical hand fellowships in Leeds, Indianapolis, Louisville and a microsurgical fellowship in Leeds before he was appointed a Consultant Hand and Wrist Surgeon in 2002. His many years of experience and education make him an expert in his field.
Mr Farnell has written several chapters in international postgraduate textbooks and journals, he also peer reviews scientific articles in journals. He utilises his expertise in surgical education. He is currently the Chairman of the UK Faculty for the AO Foundation, instructing in hand and wrist trauma courses in the UK and is also involved in the appointment of the National Interface Hand Fellows and he is the Educational Supervisor and co-ordinator for the Leeds Fellow. He is an examiner for the Hand diploma, the exit examination for hand surgical trainees. He has served as an elected member sitting on the Education and Training Committee for the British Society of Surgery of the Hand (BSSH)
- Dupuytrens contracture
- Trigger finger/Thumb
- Osteoarthritis including thumb arthritis and pain
- DeQuervain's Disease and other tendinitis
- Mucoid cyst
- Nerve compression
- Cubital tunnel syndrome (ulnar nerve compression)
- Hand Fractures
- Wrist Fractures
- Scaphoid fractures and non-union
- Wrist and hand pain
- Wrist Arthroscopy
- Tendon Repair
- Rheumatoid Hand Surgery
- Wrist pain
- Hand and wrist injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome and nerve compression
- Dupuytren's Contracture
- Tendon problems including trigger finger, tnedinitis and tnedon injuries
- Ganglions and other lumps
- Scaphoid fractures and scaphoid non-union
- Fractures of the distal radius
- Hand fractures
- Arthritis of the hand and wrist
- all wrist conditions including Kienbock's disease
- Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery London 1990
- Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England FRCS(Eng) 1995
- Intercollegiate Fellowship in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery FRCS(Trauma & Orth) 2001
I was so nervous and doubtful of the outcome of any surgery. I couldn’t have been in better hands, literally! I had so much confidence with no doubt that surgery would benefit me, and 24 hours afterwards there are already signs of improvement. Thank you so much.
I found Mr Farnell very personable, and was very structured and clear in his diagnosis and possible options to resolve He was very thorough in his examination, and provide reassurances that my condition would be treatable
Very reassuring regarding the procedure and recovery time. Fully informed of potential complications and answered all of my ‘silly’ questions. Thank you.
Clear, honest and encouraging.
Swiftly diagnosed the problems with my hand. Operated in a timely manner and kept me informed and relaxed throughout the procedure.
Mr Darnell was very friendly, approachable and knowledgeable. I felt at ease straight away and understand what the next steps are.
Having fallen in Jamaica and broken my wrist it was over a week before I returned to the UK and had a consultation with Mr Robert Farnell. My experience in Jamaica had been traumatic and Mr Farnell was extremely understanding with regard to my resulting anxieties about any further treatment that may be required. I found his manor to be very professional whilst at the same time very reassuring and all possible treatments and their expected outcomes were explained fully in a way that I could easily understand. He took the time to explain exactly what the procedure would involve, how it would be performed and what I would need to do post operatively to achieve the best function for my hand. I felt at all times that my treatment by Mr Farnell was his prime concern and had every confidence in him at every stage of the journey. Mr Farnell's bedside manor was exemplary and had a huge effect on calming my nerves throughout the whole treatment.
Excellent treatment, operation was beyond what i expected. Full use of my little finger after years of it being deformed
At the initial consultation, following examination of my hand, Mr Farnell explained to me, in a friendly manner and using language that I could understand, what my condition was and the various options open to me. I decided on an operation. On the day of the operation Mr Farnell saw me immediately before the operation to check the details he had previously explained, this made me feel completely at ease. I had two further appointments including the final consultation at which Mr Farnell explained how I should look after my hand during the healing process. I feel completely satisfied with my experience and would not hesitate to consult Mr Farnell in the future.
Mr Farnell clearly has outstanding knowledge and experience in his specialist field which was why I was so keen to consult him when my broken wrist set incorrectly. Not only does he have such a wealth of experience he is also warm and approachable and has brilliant communication skills . This meant I fully understood from him throughout what treatment was proposed and why, and I felt completely involved in the whole process. I honestly feel lucky to have been operated on and treated by him and the proof of that is that my hand is now functioning as I had hoped it would!
Could not have been better. I understand what is going to occur and perfectly happy with my consultation.