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Oswestry Sports Injury Surgery

Mr Simon Roberts MA BM BCh FRCS(Orth) FFSEM(UK)
Consultant Orthopaedic & Sports Injury Surgeon.         

About This Site                       Oswestry Sports Injury Service Brochure (PDF 1Mb)

The site has been developed as a resource for patients simply by recording the discussions which I have every day of the week in my clinics. I have organised the information mainly by region - knee, shoulder & ankle, but there are some general links and more physiotherapy information under the “Links” page and in the “Rehabilitation” pages for each area. The very common injuries we see are anterior cruciate (ACL) and cartilage damage to the knee, problems after shoulder dislocations and ankle sprains joint instability.  I have included answers to the questions I am most commonly asked, and descriptions of the common problems I see along with what the treatment involves.

I pay for web hosting and accept no external funding. There is no advertising. Any enquiries are treated in confidence. I do not keep email addresses and will never pass or sell them on to any external agency.

Please browse through the pages & feel free to contact me if there are mistakes or omissions which you would like to see included.
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Who am I?                        

I was brought up in Manchester and my sports background is in rugby (union & league – Cambridge & Oxford University “Blues” & England Students) & waterskiing (European Junior champion) before retiring after shoulder and ankle injuries. My general orthopaedic training was in the West Midlands followed by a year in Australia, in the largest sports medicine practice in the Southern Hemisphere & travelling fellowships in the USA & Europe.
My wife is a General Practitioner and we have two sons.

Never heard of Oswestry?                    The Oswestry Team

I was appointed an NHS Consultant Orthopaedic & Sports Injury Surgeon to the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in Oswestry at the end of 1998 (an unusual place for a large and thriving world-famous hospital which was sited in the borderlands of North West Shropshire & North East Wales by the pioneers of Orthopaedic Surgery at the turn of the century) . Oswestry is now a centre of excellence for all kinds of orthopaedic surgery, combining a strong tradition with cutting edge technology. Our theatres are second to none & this, combined  being a standalone specialist unit, allows an extremely low infection rate, especially for MRSA. A pdf brochure for the Oswestry Sports Injury Service is HERE. Our research continues at Oswestry’s Institute of Orthopaedics . I am based in Oswestry with NHS work also in Mold and private work in Oswestry & Wrexham.

My own publications include original research, book chapters, presentations and lectures to regional, national and international organisations.

What do I do?

My practice is entirely sports injuries and trauma, but this includes caring for the musculoskeletal problems of active people of all ages. I do not do any joint replacements at all so that I can specialise and improve the treatments which I can offer. The majority of my work is minimally invasive surgery of the knee, shoulder and ankle for problems of joint instability, ligament and cartilage problems and joint surface defects. The common condition treated in the knee are cartilage (meniscus) tears and ligament injuries, especially anterior cruciate (ACL), in the shoulder, dislocations and subluxations of the shoulder and acromioclavicular (ACJ) joint as well as pain in the throwing athlete. In the ankle, as well as tendonitis, arthroscopy is useful for sprains and ligament tears, loose bodies and footballers’ “spurs”.I train junior doctors in the examination, assessment and management of these conditions.

I have treated elite & professional sportsmen since 1999 from numerous clubs & associations including seven Premiership football & eight rugby Superleague teams.  I have also treated participants in a large number of other sports including the England rugby union team & Olympic athletes. Increasingly, we are seeing athletes referred to us from abroad. The experience gained in treating elite athletes is helping us find the best treatments for sports enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.

We have an audited 97% satisfaction rate following surgery.

My publications & research are listed here.

I am an active member of the following institutions:

  • Past President British Orthopaedic Sports Trauma & Arthroscopy Association
  • International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery & Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy
  • British Association of Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • International Cartilage Repair Society
  • British Association for Surgery of the Knee
  • British Elbow & Shoulder Society.
  • UK Association of Doctors in Sport
  • Council Member of the Intercollegiate Faculty of Sport & Exercise Medicine
  • Foundation Fellow of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (UK)
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