Professor Bo Povlsen

Professor Bo Povlsen

MD, PhD

Orthopaedic Surgery

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3 specialists

28 years of experience
24 years as a specialist
Video consultation available

Overall Rating

Overall
4.8
Bedside Manner
5
Explanation
4.8

Top feedback

“A very positive experience Professor Povlsen was very reasuring and sorted out the issue for me. “
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Subspecialties

  • Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Hand & Wrist Surgery
  • Trauma Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
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Languages spoken

  • English
  • Swedish
  • Danish
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Registered with

  • General Medical Council: 3579329
  • British Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons: 15072
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £250

    Follow-up appointment: £175

    Practices worked at

    HCA UK at The Shard

    St Thomas Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 9BS
    243 reviews

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street, London, United Kingdom, SE1 2PR
    242 reviews

    About

    Remote consultations

    Associate Professor Povlsen (Bo) is delivering remote consultations to reduce the need for patients to travel and come into contact with others during the evolving COVID-19 situation. Please call 0207 357 8859 to organise a remote consultation.

    Associate Professor Povlsen is a leading expert who solely treat hand, elbow and shoulder conditions and specialises in minimal and non-invasive treatment.

    NHS: He was a senior consultant at Guy's Hospital for more than 20 years.

    PRIVATE CARE: For the last 8 years he has been concentrating on treating private patients at London Bridge Hospital. He receives referrals of complex hand and upper extremity problems from within the UK as well as internationally.

    Board Member: He is board member of the British Orthopaedic Association - professional standards committee.

    Clinical Interests: His clinical interests are nerve entrapment conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, trigger fingers, Dupuytren contracture, wrist/elbow/shoulder pain, tendonitis and work-related upper limb disorders/RSI .

    Research: Professor Povlsen has active research interest and has published more than 60 peer reviewed research articles, books and clinical comments generating more than 800 citations.

    Leisure: For leisure he is a keen sailor and Yacht Master.

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    Medical procedures

    • Carpal Tunnel Decompression
    • Wrist Arthroscopy
    • Arthroscopy
    • Joint Injection
    • Revision Surgery
    • Joint fusion (hand)
    • Rheumatoid Hand Surgery
    • Steroid Injection
    • Rotator Cuff Repair
    • Ganglion Cyst Removal
    • Joint fusion (wrist)
    • Tendon Repair (Hand)
    • Multiligament Reconstruction
    • Postoperative Rehabilitation
    • Tendon Repair
    • Shoulder Arthroscopy
    • ulnar nerve release
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    Special interests

    • Arthritis (Hand)
    • Arthritis (Wrist)
    • Hand extensor tendon injuries
    • Hand problems
    • Trigger finger
    • Dislocated Shoulder
    • Osteoarthritis
    • Peripheral Nerve Injury
    • Arthritis (Elbow)
    • Elbow Stiffness
    • Kienbock’s Disease
    • Rotator Cuff Injury
    • Shoulder Pain
    • Bone Spurs
    • Sports Injuries
    • Arthritis (Shoulder)
    • Frozen Shoulder
    • Shoulder Instability
    • Shoulder Tendinopathy (Pitcher’s Shoulder)
    • Dupuytren’s Contracture
    • Hand flexor tendon injuries
    • Hand Pain
    • Mallet finger
    • Carpal tunnel syndrome
    • Fracture (broken bone)
    • Osteomyelitis (Upper Limb)
    • Elbow Instability
    • Golfer’s Elbow (Medial epicondylitis)
    • Shoulder Labral Tear
    • Tennis Elbow (Lateral epicondylitis)
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    Education

    Qualifications

    • Orthopaedic specialist 1990
    • Hand Surgery specialist 1992

    Additional training 

    • Shoulder and Elbow WA Souter, Edinburgh 1995 

    Memberships 

    • British Elbow and Shoulder Society, 1995 
    • British Society for Surgery of the Hand, 1995 
    • British Orthopaedic Association, 1995  


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    Reviews

    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    A very positive experience Professor Povlsen was very reasuring and sorted out the issue for me.

    Patient seen for:
    Trigger finger
    16-09-2020
    Overall
    4
    Explanation
    4
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Very brief meeting but a very reassuring and calm manner. We discussed the medical history and he moved my affected joints to check on more serious conditions which he ruled out as a result. He explained his suggested diagnosis which made sense - even though at this point there was no recommended further treatment aside from taking care with exercise and waiting it out.

    Professor Bo Povlsen

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. As discussed if the adjustment to your exercise routine I suggested is not sufficient to settle the nerve irritation as expected then a more invasive (but panful) investigation to confirm the diagnosis is possible as is a surgical release. Do keep in touch if the pain remain.

    Patient seen for:
    Arthritis (Elbow)
    ulnar nerve release
    15-09-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I had a very helpful visit and professional opinion on the reason for the pain in my wrist which was exactly what I asked for, to enabled me to decide what to next. The visit to the London Hand Clinic, though daunting by some one who has been shielding, was Covid aware and all staff were very helpful.

    Professor Bo Povlsen

    Thank you for taking the time to share your positive experience after visiting the London Hand Clinic at the Shard, we wish you continual recovery.

    Patient seen for:
    Arthritis (Hand)
    04-09-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    Excellent! This review covers three parts: before, during and after the appointment with Professor Povlsen. I first came across Professor Povlsen when a friend forwarded me one of his articles on Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, with which I had recently been diagnosed. I then checked The Hand Clinic's site and was very impressed with a) how it is organised and patient-focused; b) the way in which Professor Povlsen explains each condition in a clear and informative manner, regardless of its complexity. I learnt more about some of the intricacies of my condition in as clear a way as possible. It was the best preparation I could have for the appointment. First appointments can be slightly nerve-wracking for me, as I usually have to explain a complex medical history very succinctly and rather quickly before getting to what brings me there. I saw Professor Povlsen at the Hand Clinic at the Shard. I was the first patient of the day and Professor Povlsen called me in 15 minutes before the appointment, reassuring me that there was plenty of time to discuss my case and I need not worry. I had sent exam reports and clinical letters in advance to his secretary, so the appointment started with Professor Povlsen, in the structured manner akin to that of his website, offering a summary of his understanding based on this information and leading on to a) an assessment of my neurological TOS; b) the intricacies of my particular case and how did it compare to others; c) what were my treatment options and their advantages and disadvantages; d) in his opinion, what I should do next and who would be the best specialists to do so (Professor Povlsen told me off the outset that he did not perform surgeries or conservative treatments himself); e) whether there could be a prognosis as such. He spoke in a calm and candid manner and was empathetic in conveying the severity of my case and how it had to be (re)viewed within a larger context. I quickly realised the importance of what he was explaining and that, had I not sought to see him, I would still have been very much in the dark in terms of what may effectively lie ahead and what can realistically been done about it. I was then given ample opportunity to ask my own questions based on what I had been told, which Professor Povlsen answered clearly and diligently. It was very much to his credit that my husband and I left the room feeling much more enlightened about my circumstances and, despite the not-so-good news, with the reassurance if being on the right hands (pardon the pun). The post-appointment care was also above and beyond. Usually, I need to make several calls to either arrange to see another, referred to, specialist, or research and organise treatment options. On this occasion, Professor Povlsen's secretary swiftly dealt with the logistics and kept me informed at each stage. As someone who has had to be seen by many consultants, I could not recommend Professor Povlsen highly enough. Both he and the Hand Clinic's service are excellent!

    Patient seen for:
    Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
    13-08-2020
    Overall
    5
    Explanation
    5
    Bedside Manner
    5

    I have seen Prof Povlsen twice before for my CMC joint pain, and this time was no exception with his expertise, explanations of risk and technique. Even though the injection is a very painful procedure (as is the pain and reason for it in the first place) I would recommend it for anyone suffering similar symptoms. It took a good week this time to take full effect but the swelling and pain is very much reduced. Furthermore I am grateful for Prof Polvsen to remind me that I need to modify more of my daily tasks so that I don’t have a recurrence too soon! I feel so much more positive and happy now.

    Professor Bo Povlsen

    Thank you so much for you kind review. I hope that the effect of the injection for the thumb arthritic pain may be long lasting as these injections in combination with a thumb support prevent the need for surgery in 75% of cases in my personal published experience.

    Patient seen for:
    Hand Pain
    05-08-2020

    Peer recommendations

    Recommended by 3 doctors for:
    3

    Orthopaedic Surgery

    Mr Bhupal Chitnavis
    Mr Bhupal Chitnavis
    Neurosurgery,Orthopaedic Surgery

    17-07-2020

    For specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
    For conditions: Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, Hand Injury, Fracture (broken bone), Shoulder Pain, Hand Pain, Hand problems, Peripheral Nerve Injury
    For procedures: Revision Surgery, ulnar nerve release, Carpal Tunnel Decompression
    Connection: Is a colleague
    Professor Christopher Edwards
    Professor Christopher Edwards
    Rheumatology

    17-07-2020

    Excellent opinion

    For specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
    For conditions: Frozen Shoulder, Shoulder Pain, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Hand Pain, Hand problems, Dupuytren’s Contracture, Mallet finger, Golfer’s Elbow (Medial epicondylitis)
    For procedures: Wrist Arthroscopy, Rheumatoid Hand Surgery, Carpal Tunnel Decompression
    Connection: I have referred patients to them
    Mr Adel Tavakkolizadeh
    Mr Adel Tavakkolizadeh
    Orthopaedic Surgery

    07-08-2020

    An upper limb surgeon with strong academic background. Well published and experienced

    For specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery
    For conditions: Shoulder Pain, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren’s Contracture, Mallet finger
    For procedures: Ganglion Cyst Removal, Steroid Injection, Wrist Arthroscopy, Rotator Cuff Repair, Shoulder Arthroscopy, Carpal Tunnel Decompression

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