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Hugh Apthorp

FRCS (Orth.)


Orthopaedic and trauma surgery



Clinics at


0203 494 4016


Hugh gained his Orthopaedic training on the Guy’s and St Thomas’ scheme having qualified at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in 1987. His fellowship was in Complex Primary and Revision Hip Surgery with Professor David Wood in Perth W.A. Since then Hugh has continued to develop his practice specialising in revision hip surgery, Minimally Invasive hip replacements (THR’s) and young adults with hip problems.

In 2004, Hugh pioneered Rapid Recovery in the UK, setting up the first Rapid Recovery Programme for joint replacements. Department of Health figures have shown that using his Rapid Recovery Programme has allowed patients to enjoy the shortest length of stay for hip replacement in England with extremely low complication rates. Such was the success of Hugh’s surgery and the Enhanced Recovery Programme that the following milestones were reached: the UK’s first day case hip replacement and the first patient in the world with bilateral hip replacements to return home the day following surgery.

Hugh received significant funding from the DOH to develop similar programmes in other hospitals throughout the UK.

Key facts:

  • Hugh has personally carried out the largest number of THR's registered on the National Joint Registry (over 5000) and the largest number of minimally invasive THR’s in the UK (currently 600 per year).
  • Provides second opinions for primary and complex revision surgery
  • Recognised as a leading expert in the treatment of failed metal on metal hip replacements and hip resurfacing.
  • Trains Consultants both Nationally and Internationally in Minimally Invasive Hip Replacement techniques and Rapid Recovery.
  • Undertakes regular research projects and audit to ensure best practice, optimal results and patient satisfaction.
  • Involved with the design and development of new joint replacement implants that have been introduced around the world.
  • Lectures Internationally on hip surgery.

Special Interests

Orthopaedics, Rapid Recovery Programme for Joint Replacements, Minimally Invasive Hip Replacements.


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