Mr Matthew Burwell

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon

MB BS, FRCS, FRCS(Orth)

Year qualified:

1988

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Matthew Burwell is the senior hip surgeon in Bath having been a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon for over twenty years working at the BMI Bath Clinic with his NHS practice based at The Royal United Hospital in Bath. In addition, Mr Burwell is an honorary Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, which is based in Bath, where he has run the specialist Hip Clinic since 2000.

Mr Burwell’s Orthopaedic practice is entirely dedicated to the management of hip problems. After an accurate diagnosis is made a full discussion is held with the patient covering non-operative and operative management options.  If hip replacement surgery is required patients can be reassured that, based on data held by the National Joint Registry for England and Wales since 20003, Mr Burwell is consistently in the top 5 surgeons nationally regarding the number of hip replacement operations performed each year.

Mr Burwell qualified as a doctor from the University of London in 1988 and undertook specialist training in Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery on the North West Thames rotation, based at the Royal Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, completing his final year of training at the prestigious Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital at Stanmore with Mr Steve Cannon and Professor Tim Briggs. Mr Burwell passed the specialist FRCS(Orth) examination in 1997.

Mr Burwell undertook advanced training in Adult Hip Reconstruction as the Arthroplasty Fellow to Professor Don Howie at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, at the University of South Australia, in 1999 the same year as he completed his Orthopaedic training.

Mr Burwell has developed expertise in all forms of adult hip reconstruction and joint replacement surgery allowing every patient to have their operation tailor-made for them. This includes both cemented and uncemented hip replacement implants using modern materials including ceramic, oxinium and the latest wear-resistant plastics. Careful pre-operative planning using digital x-rays, and where necessary CT scans, allows the patient’s natural anatomy to be reconstructed, with the aim to restore and equalise leg lengths, and optimise long term function allowing the patient to return to essentially unrestricted activities. 

Mr Burwell undertakes revision hip replacement surgery for patients whose original hip replacement has worn out or is functioning poorly including ‘metal-on-metal’ hip replacements. Mr Burwell has over two decades of experience of the hip resurfacing (e.g. the 'Birmingham' hip).

Mr Burwell continues to run a trauma practice at the Royal United Hospital specialising in hip replacement surgery for active patients who have sustained a hip fracture and revision hip replacement surgery or reconstruction for patients who have sustained a fracture around a previous hip replacement, the so-called ‘peri-prosthetic fracture’.

Mr Burwell’s private secretary is Mrs Laura Davies, who can be contacted on 07703 662267.

Clinical Interests

  • Hip replacement (primary and revision)

Professional Memberships

  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • British Hip Society

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