Mr Peter Cnudde specialises in surgery of the knee and the hip including arthroscopic knee surgery, primary knee and hip replacement, complex primary total knee and hip replacement and revision surgery of hips and knees. In addition to this, he maintains an on-going commitment in the field of general orthopaedics and trauma.
He is the Clinical Lead for the National Joint Register (NJR) at the Hywel Dda University Health Board and the clinical co-ordinator of the Mid and West Wales division of the NJR. He is also an educational and clinical supervisor for trainees, extended scope physiotherapists and Specialist Nurses.
He studied Medicine at Leuven University (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium) and graduated in 1995 with honours.
He started his Orthopaedic and Trauma training during his final year of medical school and was immediately accepted for the Leuven Orthopaedic rotation.
Following his basic surgical training at Roeselare (Belgium) he subsequently studied at Exeter (UK), Leuven, Bruges and Leuven (Belgium).
He was awarded the certificate of completion of specialist training in July 2001 and was then awarded the title of Specialist in Orthopaedics and Traumatology.
He then returned to Bruges to take up a fellowship in adult reconstruction at St Lucas Hospital with Prof J. Victor (now UZ Gent- Belgium). During this year he gained further training in primary, complex primary and revision knee and hip surgery and was also part of the consultant trauma rota.
In August 2002 Mr Cnudde returned briefly to the UK, spending 5 months in Cornwall as a locum consultant in Trauma and Orthopaedics before leaving for the Harborview Medical Centre in Seattle, USA, to take up a second fellowship. He was also accepted on the GMC specialist Register in October 2002.
Mr Cnudde was appointed consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon by the Hywel Dda Health Board in March 2003.
Under his leadership and stewardship Prince Philip Hospital became an elective orthopaedic unit and a successful arthroplasty unit was established. The principles of Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) were introduced and Prince Philip Hospital started performing revision hip and knee operations. The outcomes of joint replacements there have been recognised as excellent by the NJR, and the unit he set up has been earmarked as the centre for elective surgery for West Wales by the Prof Briggs “Getting It Right First Time” (GIRFT) report.
Mr Cnudde has been commended by his colleagues and his patients for his work ethos, his technical skills and his bedside manner, as well as for the way he puts patient care at the heart of all decision-making.
In 2015 he completed a postgraduate certificate in Medical Leadership at the University of Wales, Trinity St. David’s. He is currently working towards his PhD at the Sahlgrenska Academy of Gothenburg University (Sweden) under the mentorship of Prof Malchau (Harvard, Boston, USA & GU, Gothenburg, Sweden), Prof Kärrholm (GU, Gothenburg, Sweden), Assoc Prof Ola Rolfson (GU, Gothenburg, Sweden) and Prof John Timperley (Exeter University, Exeter, UK).
His research project is focussed on longitudinal outcomes following total hip replacement.
Besides a busy and rewarding clinical practice, Mr Cnudde is still active in the research field of arthroplasty, outcome measurements and register studies. Mr Cnudde regularly attends national and international meetings and has published his scientific work in peer-reviewed journals.