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Richard Field is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in Hip and Knee surgery. He is the Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, St George's University of London. His NHS clinical practice is undertaken at the South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre (SWLEOC) where he has been the Director of Research since 2004. His Private Practice is undertaken at The Lister Hospital in Chelsea, at Spire St Anthony's Hospital in Cheam, Surrey and now also at SWLEOC.
Prof Field is the UK's most experienced surgeon in Direct Anterior (minimally invasive, muscle sparing) Hip Replacement and has been using this approach since 2008. He uses the standard longitudinal and the less visible, bikini incisions, as appropriate. He lectures internationally on both hip and knee surgery and has operated with surgeons in more than ten countries. He is a pioneer of Arthroscopic Hip surgery and was the President of the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy (ISHA - www.ISHA.net) in 2017. He was the first surgeon in the London area to adopt hip resurfacing and continues to use the Birmingham Resurfacing Hip (BHR) in selected patients. Prof Field has been actively involved in the design and evaluation of new implant designs since 1983. He is currently undertaking clinical studies on short femoral stem implants as well as some of the new generation of hip resurfacing designs and knee replacements that more closely reproduce the natural knee joint's movement. He uses patient specific custom cutting blocks to achieve optimal component alignment, where possible. Patients wishing to be considered for inclusion in studies on new implants may need to be treated at SWLEOC.
Prof Field completed his medical training at the Westminster Hospital in 1980 and went on to hold positions at a number of hospitals across London, including St Stephen's Hospital, University College Hospital, and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. After being awarded a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1988, he continued to his specialist training in Orthopaedics in London, Cambridge and Melbourne. He was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at St Helier Hospital, Surrey in 1994. Over the past 25 years, he has gained enormous experience in complex sports and developmental related hip problems and is a world leader in hip preservation and rapid recovery hip replacement surgery. He continues to undertake over 300 hip operations per year. He has previously been an adviser to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
- Direct Anterior Approach Hip Replacement
- AMIS hip replacement
- Bikini Incision Hip Replacement
- Arthroscopic femoroacetabular impingement surgery
- Arthrosocpic labral repair - hip
- Arthroscopic labral reconstruction - hip
- Arthroscopic Iliopsoas decompression and release
- Iliotibial band decompression
- Abductor muscle repair - hip
- Trochanteric bursectomy
- Hip Arthroscopy
- Hip Replacement
- Hip Resurfacing
- Knee Arthroscopy
- Knee Replacement
- Knee Ligament Repair
- Sports Injuries - Hip
- Young Adult Hip Conditions
- Hip Preservation Surgery
- Muscle Sparing Hip Replacement
- Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement
- Implant design and evaluation
One could not be in better hands. Professor Field generates such confidence that one is very happy to be in his hands.
Prof Field initially undertook revision surgery following problems with a total hip replacement with another surgeon and was very supportive, explaining clearly the options available to me from the start. I then went to him again when I needed total hip replacement of the other hip joint. Again the processes and options were explained. The anterior approach used this time was far less painful post surgery and follow up care was good. I would recommend Prof Field for hip issues and in fact have recently done so to a friend with problems. I believe he is a true expert in his area.
From the first consultation 19.12.18, I felt re-assured, very well informed and in expert hands. I came armed with a list of questions, which were comprehensibly answered in language I could understand. I owe a great debt of gratitude to Professor Field, as I feel he worked a miracle. I am now completely pain free after my right hip replacement, whereas I was in agony beforehand. I now lead a normal healthy life.
I was given much reassurance and confidence prior to the operation. Professor Field provided me with the information and advice to enable me to make the necessary decisions and approach the operation with confidence. He saw me the day following the operation and again at intervals when he and his team continued to provide the support and encouragement I needed. I made a very good recovery.
Prof.Field was keen to ensure I understood all the possible ramifications of the treatment he recommended which was a total hip replacement as this would be the only way to alleviate my intense pain and bad limp. Within less than five hours of going into surgery I was able to walk into the bathroom with the aid of one walking stick. I was discharged twenty hours after surgery having walked along the hospital corridor and up and down stairs using only walking sticks. I was able to walk round the golf course and play golf without discomfort after ten weeks. The anterior groin crease approach has left me with minimal scarring.
Seeing the specialist was fine but the hour and a half wait is a joke!
Professor Richard Field
I am very sorry that you were made to wait so long for your appointment. I would love to keep my clinics to time. I do try terribly hard to keep to the schedule and already provide longer appointment slots than almost all my colleagues. Unfortunately some patients get held up waiting for X-rays and sometimes patients have more questions than I can answer in the allocated time. If I had a bell that told people that it was now somebody else's time slot, I might get through the clinics on schedule but suspect that I would upset a lot of people. My aim is to give every patient the attention they need and I can only apologise that you were made to wait so long for your appointment.
Very pleasant and reassuring experience Was given detailed information regarding my condition and reasoning for treatment
Prof Field is an internationally renowned expert on the anterior approach to the hip. I have looked after a number of patients who have seen Prof Field for their hip surgery and they all eulogise about the care and treatments they have received under Prof's team. We share an anaesthetist, secretary and theatre team and cross refer patients.